Andrew L. Ko M.D.

Andrew L. Ko M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Brain Cancer, Chronic Pain, Epilepsy, Movement Disorders/Spasticity, Neurological Surgery, Neuropathy/Nerve Injury


Neurological Surgery, Neurosciences




Neurological Surgery Clinic at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor, Surgical Pavilion
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.5637|Map It 


"Dr. Ko is a UW assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. In addition to general neurosurgery, he specializes in functional and restorative neurosurgery, epilepsy and neurosurgery for pain. Dr. Ko also conducts research in the areas of deep brain stimulation (DBS) and epilepsy. In particular, he is interested in ways to use imaging techniques and the electrical activity of the brain to better understand and treat diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and seizures. He is an active participant in research to develop better control of neural stimulation for these diseases, as well as in studies seeking to develop ways to improve memory in patients who have suffered brain damage. Dr. Ko earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Dartmouth College and his M.D. from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He first came to Seattle and the University of Washington as an intern in general surgery and a resident in neurological surgery. He left a position as staff neurosurgeon at the UW Medical Center and Valley Medical Center in order to pursue a fellowship at the Oregon Health & Science University in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. After completing this fellowship, he returned to the University of Washington to head the functional and restorative neurosurgery program. He is also a neurosurgeon with the Regional Epilepsy Center at Harborview. He works closely with the Center for Pain Relief at UWMC-Roosevelt, particularly in the areas of facial pain and intractable cancer pain."

Patient Care Philosophy

"I am particularly excited when an operation has the potential to significantly improve a patient’s function and quality of life. Whether it is to control a disabling tremor, cure debilitating seizures, or allow a patient with trigeminal neuralgia to eat and speak without excruciating pain, I feel privileged to offer safe and effective treatments at the cutting edge of medical science. The patients whom I treat are complex. They require multidisciplinary care. I am excited to work with other doctors who can address all aspects of evaluation and treatment for the patient’s benefit. Whether it is management of a complicated medical regimen for Parkinson’s disease or epilepsy, or handling the unique challenges of intractable pain, ongoing collaboration with other specialties such as neurology and anesthesiology are indispensable for the success of an operation. There is no better place to find that expertise than UW Medicine."

Personal Interests

Enjoying the wonders of the Northwest – the culture, the food, the outdoors; collecting knives.

Clinical Interests

Image-guided deep brain stimulation; open and stereotactic minimally-invasive surgery for epilepsy; open and percutaneous treatment of trigeminal neuralgia; functional mapping of the brain and surgery for brain tumors.

Scope of Care

Electrophysiology of networks in the brain; responsive deep brain stimulation; applying imaging techniques for intraoperative navigation; clinical research in functional neurosurgery, epilepsy and pain.


University of Illinois College of MedicineMedical education2005
Oregon Health & Science UniversityFellowshipNeurosurgery
UW - Dept. of NeurosurgeryResidencyNeurological Surgery
UW - Dept. of SurgeryInternshipGeneral Surgery

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