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Stephen Skirboll

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    VA Palo Alto Health Care System 3801 Miranda Ave Ste 112N Neurosurgery Dept Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Tel Work (650) 852-3450 Fax (650) 852-3430
    Neurosurgery 300 Pasteur Dr Rm 200 MC 5327 Stanford, CA 94305
    Tel Work (650) 852-3450 Fax (650) 852-3430
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Clinical Focus

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurosurgery

Academic Appointments

Honors and Awards

  • Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, (2011)

Professional Education

Residency: University of Washington Medical Center WA (1997)
Internship: University of Washington Medical Center WA (1990)
Board Certification: Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery (2002)
Medical Education: University of Pennsylvania PA (1989)
BA: Case Western Reserve University, Psychology and Natural Sciences (1983)
MD: University of Pennsylvania, Medicine (1989)

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

My research focuses on screening strategies to identify and characterize cancer stem cells (CSCs) in human gliomas. We are pursuing this in several ways: 1) a novel colony-forming antibody live cell array to identify distinct CSC surface phenotypes, 2) RNAi screens to identify kinases critical for CSC tumorigenicity, 3) high throughput small molecule and chemical screens to identify compounds that selectively kill or target CSCs, and 4) identifying CSCs using the tumor specific EGFRvIII






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