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Jacob Cherian, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Secondary Appointment(s):

Diagnostic Radiology Nuclear Medicine

Education and Training

Medical School:

  • Baylor College of Medicine, 2011


  • Baylor College of Medicine, 2018


  • Emory University School of Medicine - Cerebrovascular & Endovascular Neurosurgery, 2020


  • American Board of Neurological Surgery - Neurological Surgery, 2023


Dr. Cherian is a board-certified neurosurgeon whose specialties include neurosurgery (including endovascular neurosurgery) and cerebrovascular/skull base surgery. Among the conditions he treats are:

  • Brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, arteriovenous fistulas
  • Carotid stenosis
  • Cavernous malformations
  • Meningiomas, acoustic neuromas
  • Moyamoya disease
  • Open microsurgery for skull base tumors
  • Spine vascular malformations
  • Subarachnoid and intracranial hemorrhage
  • Trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • Vertebrobasilar ectasia

He is formally trained in both microsurgical neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology techniques. As a neurosurgeon trained in both specialties, he works with his interventional neuroradiology and neurosurgery colleagues to form a comprehensive neurovascular intervention team. In addition, microsurgery allows him and his team to safely treat many other issues inside the skull, like skull base tumors and neurovascular pain syndromes. He can offer the full range of treatment options for complex brain and spine blood vessel problems — such as aneurysms, AVMs, fistulas and carotid disease — from both outside and inside the artery.

At University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Cherian is part of a comprehensive team comprising a wide range of specialists who work with patients facing brain and spine disease. They treat complex nervous system problems using modern equipment and with the specialized expertise needed for microsurgery, radiosurgery and endovascular techniques.

Dr. Cherian wanted to enter the specialty of neurosurgery because it represents the most courageous and noble traditions of the medical profession — it is challenging, there is always a need for continued innovation, and it helps people in life-threatening situations. He makes sure each patient understands what they are facing so they can make an informed decision. It is through this approach that he seeks to lessen the anxiety that often comes with having a neurosurgical problem.

Dr. Cherian always puts the patient first — seeing them as a real person and not a picture or scan — and makes changing their life for the better his priority. He takes the time to understand the patient’s symptoms and diagnosis and guides them to a treatment plan that balances their personal preferences as a patient with the options he can offer.


Dr. Cherian is actively exploring new clinical devices and techniques to use in vascular and intracranial neurosurgery.

His notable prior works include:

  • Cherian J, Srinivasan V, Froehler MT, et al. Flow Diversion for Treatment of Intracranial Aneurysms in Pediatric Patients: Multicenter Case Series. Neurosurgery. Sept 2019
  • Cherian J, Dabagh M, Srinivasan V, et al. Balloon-Mounted Stents for Treatment of Refractory Flow Diverting Device Wall Malapposition. Oper Neurosurg. Oct 2019
  • Cherian J, Madaelil TP, Tong F, et al. Combined reconstructive and deconstructive endovascular approach for bilateral vertebral artery dissection with subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurosurg Focus. Jan 2019
  • Cherian J, Srinivasan V, Kan P, et al. Double-Barrel STA-MCA Bypass: Can it be considered "High-Flow"? Oper Neurosurg. Aug 2017.
  • Cherian J, Atmar R, Gopinath S. Shunting in Cryptococcal Meningitis. J Neurosurg. Oct 2015.
  • Cherian J, Fridley J, Duckworth E. A Modern Paradigm for Peritoneal Catheter Insertion: Single Port Optical Access Laparoscopic Shunt Insertion. Neurosurgery. Jun 2015.


  • Kinjiro Iwata Award for Excellence and Leadership in Neurosurgery (2018)


  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (since 2011)
  • American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (since 2011)