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Jai Thakur

Jai Thakur, M.D.

NeurosurgeonAssistant Professor of Neurosurgery; Director of Minimally Invasive Cranial & Skull Base Neurosurgery; Director of Neurosurgery EducationSpecialty: Neurosciences, Pediatrics, Neurosurgery
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Jai Deep Thakur, M.D., is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon who is specialized in the field of endoscopic and minimally invasive keyhole cranial surgery. He did two years of research fellowship in skull base neurosurgery at Louisiana State University (LSU) and University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, following which he completed his residency training in Neurosurgery at LSU. He then did his fellowship training in Minimally Invasive Cranial and Skull base Neurosurgery at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute-John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, California. 

Given his clinical and research expertise in the neurosurgical community, he is the director of minimally invasive cranial and skull base neurosurgery and heads neurosurgery education at University of South Alabama. 

His focus is taking care of patients with brain tumors (including pituitary tumors, skull base tumors, primary/metastatic tumors) and cerebrovascular diseases like aneurysm, vascular malformations, sickle cell disease and Moyamoya disease, which potentially can cause strokes. Additionally, he specializes in managing medically refractory facial pain/trigeminal neuralgia, hemi-facial spasm and spontaneous skull base CSF leaks. 

Dr. Thakur has published over 50 peer reviewed scientific papers and has presented over 60 abstracts at national/international meetings. His research has been cited over 800 times in the medical community.

Specialized Areas of Interest

  • Minimally Invasive and Keyhole Surgeries
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery for Skull Base Tumors
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery

Dr. Thakur’s Philosophy: When patients come to me with complex and potentially life altering neurosurgical diagnosis; my top priority is to provide them with a safe surgical solution with maximum precision in a minimally invasive fashion. To me, what matters the most is that my patients return to their best quality of life after surgery. Additionally, I want to always be available for any questions they may have for me through this process and encourage them to call my office or email me directly at jthakur@health.southalabama.edu.

Why Keyhole and Endoscopic Minimally Invasive Approaches

  • Minimal soft tissue disruption and physiology preservation
  • Smaller bony openings
  • Maximal view of the pathology using high definition angled endoscopes
  • Shorter hospital stay

Education

  • Medical School: Government Medical College | Amritsar, India
  • Residency: Louisiana State University Health Science Center | Shreveport, LA
  • Fellowship: Pacific Neuroscience Institute, John Wayne Cancer Center | Santa Monica, CA

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Brain Tumor
  • Cerebrovascular Pathologies
  • Facial Pain Syndromes
  • Moyamoya Disease
  • Neuro-Oncological Diagnosis
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Sickle Cell
  • Skull Base CSF Leaks
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Vascular Malformation

Specific Clinical Conditions Treated

Skull Base Tumors

  • Meningiomas
  • Schwannomas
  • Chordomas
  • Epidermoid cyst

Pituitary Tumors

  • Pituitary Adenomas
    • Hormone Inactive Adenomas
    • Hormone Secreting Adenomas
      • Cushings Disease
      • Acromegaly
      • Prolactinoma
      • TSH secreting tumors
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Rathke’s Cyst

Neuro-Oncological Diagnosis

  • Glial Tumors
  • Metastatic and other CNS Tumors
  • Pineal Region Tumors

Facial Pain Syndromes

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Hemifacial spams

Cerebrovascular Pathologies

  • Intracranial Aneurysms
  • Arterio-vascular malformations
  • Cavernomas
  • Conditions needing intracranial vascular bypass like Sickle Cell & Moyamoya disease

Skull Base CSF Leaks

  • Traumatic
  • Spontaneous

Languages

  • English
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