Rod J. Oskouian Jr., M.D.

Chief of Spine
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Seattle, Washington

Dr. Oskouian is currently the Chief of Spine at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute and Director of the Neurosurgical Fellowship Program at the Swedish Medical Center.  His research and clinical focus is on scoliosis, spinal deformities and anomalies, osteoporosis, spinal cord injury, degenerative disc disease, spinal oncology, stereotactic spinal radiosurgery, and minimally invasive spinal surgery. He has published in numerous medical journals and textbooks, including Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Clinics of North America, the Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Focus and Spine.

Educational Background

Dr. Oskouian received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed residencies in surgery and neurosurgery at the University of Virginia under the direction of Dr. John Jane.  In addition, he completed a specialty year of training as part of the New Zealand Brain & Spine Fellowship Program at the New Zealand National Hospital in Auckland.  Dr. Oskouian is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Current Academic Interests

While Dr. Oskouian’s practice addresses multiple spinal conditions, he is particularly interested in correction of spinal deformities, from scoliosis to deformities caused by metastatic tumors involving the spine. 

He is heavily involved in clinical research that targets improving surgical techniques for these procedures, with the goal of producing better patient outcomes, both immediately after surgery and for the long term.  In particular, Dr. Oskouian has been one of the leading surgeons in the nation to utilize the lateral approach for spinal deformity corrections.  Through this technique, the patient typically experiences less pain, quicker recovery time, shorter hospital stays, and better correction of their deformity.

Dr. Oskouian is extremely passionate about education, participating in and hosting multiple educational courses and conferences each year for training and seasoned surgeons alike.  His courses cover current topics in spine that are evolving, combining both lecture and cadaver labs into the agenda, allowing for hands-on time to practice new and innovative surgical techniques. 

Dr. Oskouian has been involved in over 40 publications including medical journals and texts, and has presented both nationally and overseas on the lateral approach to spine surgery.  He serves on the editorial board for the European Spine Journal.  He is also active in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, as well as the North American Spine Association.