Manuel Ferreira M.D., Ph.D.

Manuel Ferreira M.D., Ph.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Acoustic Neuromas, Brain Tumors, Neurofibromatosis, Pituitary Disorders, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors


Neurological Surgery, Neurosciences, UW Medicine Pituitary Program


English, Portuguese, Spanish


Primary Location

Neurological Surgery Clinic at UWMC

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

Alvord Brain Tumor Center at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 7th Floor, Pacific Tower
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.2282|Map It 


Dr. Manuel Ferreira is the chief of Neurological Surgery Service at the University of Washington Medical Center, co-director of Skull Base and Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, and a UW associate professor of Neurological Surgery. He is the surgical director of the UW Medicine Multi-Disciplinary Pituitary Program. He received his training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he received specialized neurosurgical training in the treatment of neurofibromatosis and acoustic neuromas (vestibular schwannomas) with Dr. Robert Martuza (the discoverer of the NF2 gene) and Dr. Fred Barker. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and fellowship-trained in the treatment of complex tumors of the brain and skull base. Dr. Ferreira utilizes traditional open skull base approaches, minimally invasive endoscopic procedures and Gamma Knife radio-surgery to provide a multifaceted approach to the tumor patient.

Patient Care Philosophy

To provide life-long compassionate and complete neurosurgical care for my patients.

Personal Interests

Backpacking, hiking, skiing and fishing with his two daughters and wife.

Clinical Interests

He specializes in the multi-modality treatment for tumors of the skull base, brain and spinal cord, including meningiomas; schwannomas (acoustic neuromas/vestibular schwannomas, trigeminal, glossopharyngeal, hypoglossal, spinal); pituitary tumors (Cushing's disease, acromegaly); craniopharyngiomas; neurofibromatosis type 1 and 2 (acoustic neuromas, schwannomas, meningiomas); chordomas and chondrosarcomas; hemangioblastomas syndromes (trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, spastic torticollis); Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL); hemangioblastomas; sinonasal tumors of the skull base; and cysts (epidermoid, dermoid, Rathke's cleft).

Teaching Interests

Skull Base Laboratory training of the neurosurgical residents and fellows, which takes place in the state-of-the-art ISIS laboratory facility in the Ninth and Jefferson Building (NJB) at Harborview Medical Center.

Research Interests

The genetics of skull base tumors and inherited disorders that give rise to these tumors (neurofibromatoses, von Hippel-Lindau, multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN1/2). He hopes to use genetic discovery to predict response to therapy (radio-sensitivity or radio-resistance).


Georgetown University School of MedicineMedical education2002
Massachusetts General HospitalInternship
Massachusetts General HospitalResidencyNeurological Surgery
UW - Dept. of NeurosurgeryFellowshipCerebrovascular Surgery


Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological SurgeryNeurological Surgery2014
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