Richard G. Ellenbogen M.D., F.A.C.S.

 Richard  G. Ellenbogen M.D., F.A.C.S.

Specialties and Expertise

Gamma Knife, Neurological Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, Pediatrics, Pituitary Disorders


Neurological Surgery, Neurosciences, Sports Concussion, Sports Spine & Orthopedic Health, UW Medicine Pituitary Program




Neurological Surgery Clinic at Harborview

908 Jefferson St., 5th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 

Gamma Knife Center at Harborview

325 9th Ave., Center Tower, Ground Floor, GCT 44
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.744.8067|Map It 

Sports Concussion Program at Harborview

908 Jefferson St., 5th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.744.8000|Map It 

Neurological Surgery Clinic at UWMC

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

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at South Lake Union

825 Eastlake Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 855.557.0555|Map It 


Dr. Ellenbogen is a professor and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UW Medicine and attending surgeon at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s and University of Washington Medical Center. He previously served in the U.S. Army as chief of the Department of Neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, was deployed with the 18th Airborne Corps during Desert Storm and was awarded a Bronze Star for his service to soldiers with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Dr. Ellenbogen is a principal investigator on an Allen Brain Foundation grant studying the long-term cognitive and health effects of TBI. He is the volunteer co-director of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Medical Committee. In that capacity, he has advocated for health- and safety-related rules changes, sideline concussion diagnosis and management protocols and youth concussion protection laws in all 50 states.

UW Medicine Drs. Stanley Herring and Richard Ellenbogen helped develop "Heads Up" online concussion training.

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Patient Care Philosophy

Love the patient more than you hate the disease.

Personal Interests

Sports, gardening, fishing and cooking.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric and Adult Brain Tumors (specialty: ventricular tumors, pineal region tumors, posterior fossa tumors, pituitary tumors); craniofacial developmental abnormalities and trauma; Chiari malformations; minimally invasive brain surgery (Neuro-endoscopy); Neuro-trauma surgery; Concussion.

Teaching Interests

Scope of Care

Inpatient; outpatient; operative

Research Interests

Molecular imaging/nanotechnology; CSF physiology and Traumatic Brain Injury.


Brown Medical SchoolMedical education1983
Harvard Medical SchoolResidencyNeurological Surgery
Walter Reed Army Medical CenterInternshipGeneral Surgery


Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological SurgeryNeurological Surgery1992
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