Edie E. Zusman M.D., F.A.C.S., Neurosurgeon; Medical Director, Sutter Health East Bay Neuroscience Institute at Eden Medical Center

California Pacific CURRENTS: The online journal of CPMC Research Institute

Advancing the neurosurgical treatment of brain tumors, neurovascular conditions, epilepsy and spinal disorders

Research Overview

  • Board certified in neurosurgery, Dr. Edie Zusman treats patients with brain tumors, epilepsy, cerebrovascular diseases, and spinal disorders. She is recognized nationally for her neurosurgical expertise and leadership in health systems.
  • Dr. Zusman’s research interests are in brain tumor and epilepsy tissue bank analysis, and determining the role of viral DNA in the development of gliomas and epilepsy.
  • She has lectured nationally on new radiosurgery and photodynamic techniques to treat epilepsy. Her expertise in this area and leadership of the Sutter Neuroscience Institute in Sacramento, CA led her program to be ranked among America’s Best Hospitals in neurology and neurosurgery, by U.S. News & World Report.   
  • Widely acknowledged as an expert in healthcare forecasting and the impact of vertically integrated health systems, Dr. Zusman champions the benefits of population health measures and disease prevention strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health systems.
  • Dr. Zusman is the Neurosurgery Lead for the Sutter Neuroscience Research Consortium.

Find additional information on neuroscience research and clinical trials at Eden Medical Center.


Dr. Zusman received her M.D. in the Honors Medical Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, followed by residency training in neurological surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. She received fellowship training from legendary neurosurgeons, Dr. Nicholas Barbaro and Dr. Charles Wilson in epilepsy surgery, brain tumor surgery and molecular medicine research at the University of California, San Francisco.


Publication Search


Zuckerman SL, Kelly PD, Dewan MC, Morone PJ, Yengo-Kahn AM, Magarik JA, Baticulon RE, Zusman EE, Solomon GS, Wellons JC 3rd, Predicting Resident Performance from Preresidency Factors: A Systematic Review and Applicability to Neurosurgical Training. World Neurosurg

Zusman EE, Friedlander RM, Forbes JA, Is There a Formula for Residency Selection of Future Academic Neurosurgeons? World Neurosurg

Benzil DL, Zusman EE, The Employed Neurosurgeon: Essential Lessons. Neurosurgery

Edie E. Zusman M.D., F.A.C.S., Neurosurgeon; Medical Director, Sutter Health East Bay Neuroscience Institute at Eden Medical Center
Primary Research Interests
  • Neurosurgery
  • Treatment of epilepsy
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Gamma knife surgery/stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Health systems and health policies
  • Brain injuries