Nathan R. Selden, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, FAAP

  • Professor of Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine
  • Mario and Edith Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine
  • Department Chair, Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine


Dr. Selden's scientific research focuses on basic mechanisms of pain sensation mediated by brainstem and limbic system pharmacological circuits. He was the co-principal investigator and surgeon for the first ever trial of human neural stem cell therapy, performing the first implant of neural stem cells in a patient in 2007. He also researches outcomes for neurosurgical care delivered to children with Chiari malformation and tethered spinal cord. In addition, Dr. Selden has a national and international reputation for studying new methods of neurosurgical education and continuing education that promote patient safety and quality. Finally, he is an author of the Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Guidelines, which are used around North America and in many countries around the world, The Rhetoric of Medicine: Lessons on Professionalism from Ancient Greece by Nigel Nicholson and Nathan Selden, and Pediatric Neurosurgery (Neurosurgery by Example) by Dr. Selden Nathan (Editor) and Dr. Baird Lissa (Editor).


  • A.B., 1986, Stanford University
  • Ph.D., 1990, Cambridge University
  • M.D., 1993, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency:

    • Neurosurgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, 1999
  • Fellowship:

    • Pediatric neurological surgery, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, 2000
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 2011
    • American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2004

Honors and awards

  • British Marshall Scholar, 1986-89
  • Award of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, 1998
  • ACGME Parker-Palmer Courage to Teach Award, 2013

Memberships and associations

  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Past-President
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery
  • American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
  • Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics

Areas of interest

  • Pediatric epilepsy, Cranial Synostosis, Chiari Malformation, Tethered Spinal Cord, Neurosurgical Education


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Selected publications

  • The Rhetoric of Medicine: Lessons on Professionalism from Ancient Greece: Nigel Nicholson, Nathan Selden


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