Jefferson W Chen

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Clinical Professor and Acting Chair, Neurological Surgery
School of Medicine

Director, CAST Neurocritical Care Fellowship, Neurological Surgery
School of Medicine

Director or Neurotrauma, Neurological Surgery
School of Medicine


B.S./M.S., California Institute of Technology, 1981, Chemistry with Honors
M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1987

Phone: (714) 456-6966
Fax: (714) 456-8212
Email: jeffewc1@hs.uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
101 The City Drive, South
Building 200, Suite 210
Mail Code: 5397
Orange, CA 92868
Research Interests
Chen has active research endeavors studying the molecular mechanisms and biochemical underpinnings of traumatic brain injury, stroke and the flow of fluids through the brain.
Academic Distinctions
July 2018-present Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

July 2014-June 2018 Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

November 2007-July 2014 Clinical Adjunct Professor (Volunteer Position), Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon

July 2003-July 2007, Clinical Associate Professor (Volunteer Position), Department of Neurological Surgery, Oregon Health and Sciences University

January 1999-June 1999 Associate Professor, Clinical Track, Division of Neurosurgery, E17, The University of Texas Medical Branch

July 1994 – June 1999 Assistant Professor, Tenured Track, Division of Neurosurgery, E17
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Awards and Honors
2020 Orange County Physician of Excellence
2017-18 ARIISE Award winner for Innovation at UC Irvine
2017 1st place poster award-Neurotrauma/Neurocritical care AANS, Los Angeles, California: “Sahyouni R, Kim RC, Chen JW. “Elucidation of Dural Lymphatic Architecture in Human Dura via D2-40 Staining.” April 22-26, 2017
2016-17 Finalist ARIISE Award for Innovation at UC Irvine
2015 Listed in Orange County Magazine-Best Doctors
2007, 2010-13 Listed in Best Doctors in America
2005-2013 Listed in Portland Magazine-Best Doctors
2003-7 Listed in “Who’s Who in America”
2002, 2005 Listed in “Who’s Who in Science And Medicine”
1999 Listed in Best Doctors in Southern U.S.
1996 Sigma Xi, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
1994 Bayer/Miles Award in Neuroprotection
1981 - 1987 Medical Scientist Training Program Award (N.I.H.) at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1986 Minoru and Ethel Tsutsui Distinguished Graduate Research Award in Science of The New York Academy of Sciences
1985 Roche Laboratories' Award in Basic Sciences: National Student Research Forum
1985 Bayer/Miles Award in Basic Research: Eastern Student Research Forum
1985 Boehringer-Ingelheim Centennial Research Award
1981 - 1982 Tau Beta Pi Fellow
1981 Sigma Xi Award (Caltech)
1980 Tau Beta Pi (Engineering)
1979 - 1981 Kodak Scholarship
1979 - 1981 Caltech Prize Scholarship
1979 American Heart Association Summer Research Fellowship
Short Biography
Dr. Jefferson W. Chen is a board-certified UCI Health neurosurgeon who specializes in neurosurgery, neurocritical care and neuro-oncology.

July 1993 - July 1994 Neurovascular/Skull Base Fellowship, The Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona

July 1992 - July 1993 Chief Resident, Neurological Surgery, University of California,
San Diego, San Diego, California

July 1988 -July 1993 Postgraduate Residency Training in Neurological Surgery
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California

July 1991 - January 1992 Postgraduate Residency Training, Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

July 1987 - July 1988 Postgraduate Internship in General Surgery University of California, San Diego San Diego, California
Professional Societies
American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
American College of Critical Care Medicine, Fellow (FCCM)
California Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
International Neurotrauma Society
Joint Section of Neurotrauma and Critical Care, AANS/CNS
National Neurotrauma Society
Neurocritical Care Society
Joint Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery, AANS/CNS
Western Neurosurgical Society
Other Experience
Director, Neurotrauma
UCI Department of Neurological Surgery 2014—Pres

Last updated
03/11/2021