Michel Lévesque, MD, FRCS, FACS
Attending Neurosurgeon, Cedars-Sinai Spine Center
Michel Lévesque, MD, FRCS, FACS is an attending neurosurgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center. He also is an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and a member of Brain Research Institute, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. Dr. Lévesque is board certified in neurological surgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and the Canadian Royal College of Surgeons. He performs technically advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures, complex spinal reconstruction and artificial disc replacement.
Dr. Lévesque's current research includes the use of neural stem cells for neural repair in spinal cord injuries and other neurodegenerative disorders. He is a much sought-after speaker regarding his pioneering research activities in the area of clinical use of neural stem cells and neural cell regeneration, most notably presenting to the United States Senate Subcommittee on Technology, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons annual meeting, and many other international organizations.
Dr. Lévesque is a recipient of multiple grants and awards, including the P.R.O Quality of Life award and the Kantrowitz family award. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Neural Transplantation, the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, and the Los Angeles County Medical Association.
The author of more than 75 articles in peer-reviewed professional journals, Dr. Lévesque has contributed chapters to many leading neurosurgery treatises and presented over 150 scientific abstracts.
Dr. Lévesque earned his medical degree at University of Montreal and completed his neurosurgical training at the Montreal Neurological Institute and McGill University. He completed post-graduate studies in neurosciences on central nervous system regeneration and transplantation at McGill University, where he also completed a fellowship in functional neurosurgery.
Dr. Lévesque has been active in academic neurosurgery and neurosciences research since 1986. He is Chairman of the Foundation for Neural Repair, a not-for-profit foundation sponsoring translational research to accelerate human trials using neural stem cells. He is also a member of the steering committee of the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership.