Neurosurgeon Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., Joins UAMS

By Susan Van Dusen

Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

Her medical specialties include primary and secondary brain tumors, endoscopy, radiosurgery, laser thermal ablation and spinal tumors.

She has been selected to participate in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Clinician Scientist Program, whose goal is to increase the number of clinician scientists by providing support as they transition from mentored to independent scientists.

Her primary research interests are in developing techniques to overcome immune-suppression in the glioblastoma microenvironment and developing new uses for laser thermal ablation.

Rodriguez received her medical degree and doctorate in the National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training Program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

She completed her general surgery internship at the University of Pittsburgh and neurosurgery residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC.

Prior to joining UAMS, Rodriguez served as an instructor in neurosurgical oncology at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif.

Throughout her training and career, Rodriguez has been actively involved in mentorship of students interested in neurosurgery or other medical careers.

She has served as a Congress of Neurological Surgeons Fellow; Southeast Quadrant Socioeconomic Fellow for the Council of State Neurological Societies; and an American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Neurosurgery Research Education Fund Research Fellow.

Her professional memberships include Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Women in Neurosurgery and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, among others.

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