Laligam N. Sekhar M.D.

Laligam N. Sekhar M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Brain Tumors, Cerebrovascular, Neurological Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Stroke


Neurological Surgery, Neurosciences, Stroke Center, UW Medicine Pituitary Program


English, German, Tamil


Neurological Surgery Clinic at Harborview

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

Neurology Clinic at Harborview

410 9th Ave., 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 

Cerebrovascular Lab at Harborview

325 9th Ave., 1st Floor, Ste. 127
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.744.3905|Map It 

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at South Lake Union

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


Dr. Sekhar is known around the world for his expertise in treating complex neurosurgical problems, particularly skull base tumors, such as acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, chordomas and complex brain tumors. He is also an expert on surgical treatment of blood vessel disorders in and around the brain.

Based at Harborview Medical Center, he is a UW professor and vice-chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery. In addition, he is president of the World Federation of Skull Base Societies and president of the Washington State Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Patient Care Philosophy

I like to give my patients the right choices for their care, and when they make my service their main choice, I like to deliver the best care possible in the world at present.

Personal Interests

My personal interests are my wife, children and their happiness. I also enjoy tennis, cricket and spirituality.

Clinical Interests

Treatment of complex neurosurgical disorders, particularly cerebrovascular disorders (aneurysms, arterovenous malformations), cerebral revascularization (for intractable ischemia), skull base tumors (acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, chordomas), complex brain tumors (deep-seated or difficult), microvascular compression disorders (trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, disabling vertigo), craniocervical junction and cervical problems.

Research Interests

Robotics and their application to medicine, stem cell therapies to improve outcomes for neurosurgical patients, continuous quality improvement in vascular and skull base neurosurgery, thought experiments on technology and the future of sentient beings.


Madras Medical CollegeMedical education1973
George Washington University Medical CenterTeaching Appointment
Hospital FochFellowshipNeurosurgery
Institute of Neurology, National HospitalFellowship
John H. Stronger, Jr., Cook County HospitalInternshipSurgery
Nordstadt Hospital HanoverFellowship
Univ. of Cincinnati College of MedicineResidencyNeurology
Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical CenterResidencyNeurological Surgery
Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical CenterTeaching Appointment
University Hospital ZurichFellowship


Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological SurgeryNeurological Surgery1986
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