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Hal Meltzer

TitleClinical Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentSurgery
Address200 W. Arbor Drive #8220
San Diego CA 92103
Phone858-966-8574
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    Dr. Meltzer specializes in pediatric neurosurgery and performs the majority of his procedures at Children's Hospital Medical Center, where he has his primary office. He joined the Division of Neurosurgery in 1997 after having completed medical school at Northwestern University and pediatric neurosurgical training at UCSD and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario.

    Dr. Meltzer performs well over 200 pediatric operative procedures a year. His research interests include central nervous system stem cells and the molecular biology of brain tumors. His clinical interests span all of pediatric neurosurgery and include endoscopic treatment of craniosynostoses.

    Dr. Meltzer has been nationally recognized for his humanistic approach to the care of children. He has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines including Reader's Digest, McCall's, the New York Times, and the San Diego Union-Tribune. He also recently appeared on the television show It's a Miracle.


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    1. Dalle Ore CL, Rennert RC, Schupper AJ, Gabel BC, Gonda D, Peterson B, Marshall LF, Levy M, Meltzer HS. The identification of a subgroup of children with traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage at low risk of neuroworsening. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2018 Aug 10; 1-8. PMID: 30095347.
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    2. Dalle Ore CL, Dilip M, Brandel MG, McIntyre JK, Hoshide R, Calayag M, Gosman AA, Cohen SR, Meltzer HS. Endoscopic surgery for nonsyndromic craniosynostosis: a 16-year single-center experience. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2018 Jul 06; 1-9. PMID: 29979128.
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    3. Dalle Ore CL, Abraham P, Burns LP, Lance S, Gosman A, Meltzer HS. Intracranial Hypotension and Hypertension Associated With Reconstructive Cranioplasty After Decompressive Craniectomy: Report of a Lethal Complication With Recommended Strategies for Future Avoidance. J Craniofac Surg. 2018 Jun 20. PMID: 29927824.
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    4. Abraham P, Brandel MG, Dalle Ore CL, Reid CM, Kpaduwa CS, Lance S, Meltzer HS, Gosman AA. Predictors of Postoperative Complications of Craniosynostosis Repair in the National Inpatient Sample. Ann Plast Surg. 2018 May; 80(5S Suppl 5):S261-S266. PMID: 29489538.
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    5. Brandel MG, Dalle Ore CL, Reid CM, Zhang WW, Zhu W, Kpaduwa CS, Lance S, Meltzer HS, Gosman AA. A Novel Method for Quantifying Intracranial Volume Change by Distraction Osteogenesis for Craniosynostosis. Ann Plast Surg. 2018 May; 80(5S Suppl 5):S251-S256. PMID: 29489545.
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    6. Rennert RC, Hoshide R, Calayag M, Kemp J, Gonda DD, Meltzer HS, Fukushima T, Day JD, Levy ML. Extended middle fossa approach to lateralized pontine cavernomas in children. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2018 Feb 02; 1-5. PMID: 29393814.
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    7. Tong JW, Emelin JK, Wong R, Meltzer HS, Cohen SR. Subgaleal Drain Placement Improves Surgical Outcomes After Primary Cranioplasty in Craniosynostosis Patients. J Craniofac Surg. 2015 Sep; 26(6):1963-6. PMID: 26355979.
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    8. Collins J, Gosman AA, Meltzer HS. Growing skull fracture of midline posterior cranial vault. J Pediatr. 2015 Feb; 166(2):494. PMID: 25454312.
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    9. Gonda DD, Meltzer HS, Crawford JR, Hilfiker ML, Shellington DK, Peterson BM, Levy ML. Complications associated with prolonged hypertonic saline therapy in children with elevated intracranial pressure. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2013 Jul; 14(6):610-20. PMID: 23823197.
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    10. Wong RK, Emelin JK, Meltzer HS, Levy ML, Cohen SR. Nonsyndromic craniosynostosis: the Rady Children's Hospital approach. J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Nov; 23(7 Suppl 1):2061-5. PMID: 23154350.
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    11. Baird LC, Gonda D, Cohen SR, Evers LH, LeFloch N, Levy ML, Meltzer HS. Craniofacial reconstruction as a treatment for elevated intracranial pressure. Childs Nerv Syst. 2012 Mar; 28(3):411-8. PMID: 22068642.
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    12. Francis CS, Shetty A, Frank R, Meltzer HS, Cohen SR. In situ fronto-orbital advancement with medial orbital osteotomies for trigonocephaly-associated hypotelorism. J Craniofac Surg. 2011 Jan; 22(1):281-4. PMID: 21239919.
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    13. Keshavarzi S, Hayden MG, Ben-Haim S, Meltzer HS, Cohen SR, Levy ML. Variations of endoscopic and open repair of metopic craniosynostosis. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Sep; 20(5):1439-44. PMID: 19816275.
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    14. Cohen SR, Pryor L, Mittermiller PA, Meltzer HS, Levy ML, Broder KW, Ozgur BM. Nonsyndromic craniosynostosis: current treatment options. Plast Surg Nurs. 2008 Apr-Jun; 28(2):79-91. PMID: 18562899.
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    15. Levy ML, Nguyen A, Aryan H, Jandial R, Meltzer HS, Apuzzo ML. Robotic virtual endoscopy: development of a multidirectional rigid endoscope. Neurosurgery. 2008 Feb; 62 Suppl 2:599-606. PMID: 18596445.
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    16. Kim D, Pryor LS, Broder K, Gosman A, Breithaupt AD, Meltzer HS, Levy M, Cohen SR. Comparison of open versus minimally invasive craniosynostosis procedures from the perspective of the parent. J Craniofac Surg. 2008 Jan; 19(1):128-31. PMID: 18216677.
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    17. Ozgur BM, Aryan HE, Ibrahim D, Soliman MA, Meltzer HS, Cohen SR, Levy ML. Emotional and psychological impact of delayed craniosynostosis repair. Childs Nerv Syst. 2006 Dec; 22(12):1619-23. PMID: 16830166.
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    18. Ozgur BM, Berberian J, Aryan HE, Meltzer HS, Levy ML. The pathophysiologic mechanism of cerebellar mutism. Surg Neurol. 2006 Jul; 66(1):18-25. PMID: 16793430.
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    19. Levy ML, Nguyen A, Aryan H, Jandial R, Meltzer HS, Apuzzo ML. Robotic virtual endoscopy: development of a multidirectional rigid endoscope. Neurosurgery. 2006 Jul; 59(1 Suppl 1):ONS134-41; discussion ONS134-41. PMID: 16888544.
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    20. Meltzer HS, Granville R, Aryan HE, Aryan HA, Billman G, Bennett R, Levy ML. Gel-based surgical preparation resulting in an operating room fire during a neurosurgical procedure: case report. J Neurosurg. 2005 Apr; 102(3 Suppl):347-9. PMID: 15881765.
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    21. Aryan HE, Jandial R, Ozgur BM, Hughes SA, Meltzer HS, Park MS, Levy ML. Surgical correction of metopic synostosis. Childs Nerv Syst. 2005 May; 21(5):392-8. PMID: 15714353.
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    22. Aryan HE, Meltzer HS, Park MS, Bennett RL, Jandial R, Levy ML. Initial experience with antibiotic-impregnated silicone catheters for shunting of cerebrospinal fluid in children. Childs Nerv Syst. 2005 Jan; 21(1):56-61. PMID: 15480705.
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    23. Aryan HE, Meltzer HS, Lu DC, Ozgur BM, Levy ML, Bruce DA. Management of pilocytic astrocytoma with diffuse leptomeningeal spread: two cases and review of the literature. Childs Nerv Syst. 2005 Jun; 21(6):477-81. PMID: 15378329.
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    24. Levy ML, Meltzer HS, Hughes S, Aryan HE, Yoo K, Amar AP. Hydrocephalus in children with middle fossa arachnoid cysts. J Neurosurg. 2004 Aug; 101(1 Suppl):25-31. PMID: 16206968.
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    25. Cohen SR, Holmes RE, Ozgur BM, Meltzer HS, Levy ML. Fronto-orbital and cranial osteotomies with resorbable fixation using an endoscopic approach. Clin Plast Surg. 2004 Jul; 31(3):429-42, vi. PMID: 15219750.
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    26. Aryan HE, Meltzer HS, Gerras GG, Jandial R, Levy ML. Leptomeningeal cyst development after endoscopic craniosynostosis repair: case report. Neurosurgery. 2004 Jul; 55(1):235-7; discussion 237-8. PMID: 15214995.
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    27. Meltzer HS, Kim PJ, Ozgur BM, Levy ML. Vertebral body granuloma of the cervical region after pencil injury. Neurosurgery. 2004 Jun; 54(6):1527-9; discussion 1529-30. PMID: 15157313.
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    28. Cohen SR, Holmes RE, Meltzer HS, Levy ML, Beckett MZ. Craniofacial reconstruction with a fast resorbing polymer: a 6- to 12-month clinical follow-up review. Neurosurg Focus. 2004 Mar 15; 16(3):E12. PMID: 15198500.
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    29. Levy ML, Luu T, Meltzer HS, Bennett R, Bruce DA. Bacterial adhesion to surfactant-modified silicone surfaces. Neurosurgery. 2004 Feb; 54(2):488-90; discussion 490-1. PMID: 14744295.
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    30. Aryan HE, Meltzer HS, Levy ML, Szkandera BJ, Bruce DA. Hypothalamic ganglioglioma treated by temporal lobectomy. Case report and review of the literature. J Neurosurg. 2004 Feb; 100(2 Suppl Pediatrics):217-9. PMID: 14758954.
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    31. Nakaji P, Meltzer HS, Singel SA, Alksne JF. Improvement of aggressive and antisocial behavior after resection of temporal lobe tumors. Pediatrics. 2003 Nov; 112(5):e430. PMID: 14595088.
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    32. Amar AP, Aryan HE, Meltzer HS, Levy ML. Neonatal subgaleal hematoma causing brain compression: report of two cases and review of the literature. Neurosurgery. 2003 Jun; 52(6):1470-4; discussion 1474. PMID: 12762894.
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    33. Cohen SR, Holmes RE, Meltzer HS, Nakaji P. Immediate cranial vault reconstruction with bioresorbable plates following endoscopically assisted sagittal synostectomy. J Craniofac Surg. 2002 Jul; 13(4):578-82; discussion 583-4. PMID: 12140427.
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    34. Leake JA, Billman GF, Nespeca MP, Duthie SE, Dory CE, Meltzer HS, Bradley JS. Pediatric acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis: report of a surviving patient and review. Clin Infect Dis. 2002 Mar 01; 34(5):699-703. PMID: 11810602.
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