Alexander Tucker, MD is an attending physician in the Division of Neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Tucker specializes in the treatment of a broad range of pediatric neurosurgical conditions including brain tumors, hydrocephalus, spasticity, Chiari malformation, craniosynostosis and spinal disorders.

Dr. Tucker received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed residency in neurosurgery at the University of California-Los Angeles and then went on to complete fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Tucker is passionate about the care of children and working as part of the team of world-class doctors, nurses and scientists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA


Neurosurgery - University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA


Neurosurgery - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Neurosurgeon

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services




Bellamkonda, N., Phillips, H.W., Chen, J.S., Tucker, A.M. , Maniquis, C., Mathern, G.W. and Fallah, A., 2020. Epilepsy surgery for Rasmussen encephalitis: the UCLA experience. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, 1 (aop), pp.1-9.


Mckay, K., Attiah, M., Niu, T., Nagasawa, D., Patel, K., Gaonkar, B., Van de Wiele, B., Moreland, N., Tucker, A., Churchman, P. and Batzdorf, U., 2019. Clinical and surgical management of holocervical spinal cord ependymomas. Surgical neurology international, 10.

Tucker, A.M. , Morgenstern, P., Diaz, D., Sedighim, S., Shaul, D., Sydorak, R., Fedor, M., Lee, A. and Hauptman, J., 2019. Neurosurgical management of Currarino syndrome: A case series and review of literature. Surgical neurology international, 10.

Attiah, M., Tucker, A.M., Perez-Rosendahl, M., Niu, T., Nagasawa, D.T., Kodrat, E., Martin, N.A. and Nelson, S., 2019. Epithelioid Osteoblastoma of the Temporal Bone: A Case Report. World neurosurgery , 123, pp.378-382.


Tucker, A. , Wallbom, A., Darling, M., Nguyen, D., Everson, R., Terterov, S., Nastasi, A. and Langevin, J.P., 2018. Electrodiagnostic findings in postoperative C5 palsy after cervical laminectomy and fusion. Interdisciplinary neurosurgery , 14, pp.39-41.

Lagman, C., Sheppard, J.P., Beckett, J.S., Tucker, A.M. , Nagasawa, D.T., Prashant, G.N., Ziman, A. and Yang, I., 2018. Red Blood Cell Transfusions Following Resection of Skull Base Meningiomas: Risk Factors and Clinical Outcomes. Journal of neurological surgery part b: skull base.

Diaz-Aguilar, D., Terterov, S., Tucker, A.M. , Sedighim, S., Scharnweber, R., Wang, S., Merna, C. and Rahman, S., 2018. Simultaneous cerebrospinal fluid and hematologic metastases in a high-grade ependymoma. Surgical neurology international, 9.

Lagman, C., Nagasawa, D.T., Sheppard, J.P., Chen, C.H.J., Nguyen, T., Prashant, G.N., Niu, T., Tucker, A.M. , Kim, W., Pouratian, N. and Kaldas, F.M., 2018. End-Stage Liver Disease in Patients with Intracranial Hemorrhage Is Associated with Increased Mortality: A Cohort Study. World neurosurgery , 113, pp.e320-e327.

Lagman, C., Nagasawa, D.T., Azzam, D., Sheppard, J.P., Chen, C.H.J., Ong, V., Nguyen, T., Prashant, G.N., Niu, T., Tucker, A.M. and Kim, W., 2018. Survival Outcomes After Intracranial Hemorrhage in Liver Disease. Operative neurosurgery, 16(2), pp.138-146.

Chung, L.K., Lagman, C., Duong, C., Nagasawa, D.T., Tucker, A.M. , Yong, W.H. and Yang, I., 2018. Dermoid Cyst of the Prepontine Cistern and Meckel's Cave: Illustrative Case and Systematic Review. Journal of neurological surgery part b: skull base, 79(02), pp.139-150.

Tucker, A.M. , Beckett, J.S. and Martin, N.A., 2017. Next Generation Case Report: Supraorbital Craniotomy for Anterior Communicating Artery Aneurysm Clipping in Annotated Virtual Reality Environment. Operative neurosurgery. Diaz-Aguilar, D., Terterov, S., Scharnweber, R., Brara, H., Tucker, A. , Merna, C., Wang, S. and Rahman, S., 2017. Surgical nuances of circumferential lumbar spondylectomy: A case report and short literature review. Surgical neurology international, 8.

Terterov, S., Diaz-Aguilar, D., Scharnweber, R., Tucker, A. , Niu, T., Woodard, J.L., Brara, H., Poh, M., Merna, C., Wang, S. and Rahman, S., 2017. Surgical nuances of partial sacrectomy for chordoma. Surgical neurology international, 8.


Tucker, A.M. , Lee, S.J., Chung, L.K., Barnette, N.E., Voth, B.L., Lagman, C., Nagasawa, D.T. and Yang, I., 2017. Analyzing the efficacy of frequent sodium checks during hypertonic saline infusion after elective brain tumor surgery. Clinical neurology and neurosurgery , 156, pp.24-28.

Niu, T., Tucker, A.M., Nagasawa, D.T. and Bergsneider, M., 2017. Solitary Aggregatibacter aphrophilus tectal abscess in immunocompetent patient. Surgical neurology international , 8. Lagman, C., Rai, K., Chung, L.K., Nagasawa, D.T., Beckett, J.S., Tucker, A.M. and Yang, I., 2017. Fatal colloid cysts: a systematic review. World neurosurgery , 107, pp.409-415.

Tucker, A. , Boon-Unge, K., McLaughlin, N., Ibrahim, H., Rao, N., Martin, N., Everson, R. and Khanlou, N., 2017. Cerebellar liponeurocytoma: Relevant clinical cytogenetic findings. Journal of pathology and translational medicine , 51(3), p.335.

Antonios, J.P., Soto, H., Everson, R.G., Moughon, D., Orpilla, J.R., Shin, N.P., Sedighim, S., Treger, J., Odesa, S., Tucker, A. and Yong, W.H., 2017. Immunosuppressive tumor-infiltrating myeloid cells mediate adaptive immune resistance via a PD-1/PD-L1 mechanism in glioblastoma. Neuro-oncology , 19(6), pp.796-807.

Bui, T.T., Nagasawa, D.T., Lagman, C., Chen, C.H.J., Chung, L.K., Voth, B.L., Beckett, J.S., Tucker, A.M. , Niu, T., Gaonkar, B. and Yang, I., 2017. Isolated Transverse Process Fractures and Markers of Associated Injuries: The Experience at University of California, Los Angeles. World neurosurgery , 104, pp.82-88.

Nagasawa, D.T., Bui, T.T., Lagman, C., Lee, S.J., Chung, L.K., Niu, T., Tucker, A. , Gaonkar, B., Yang, I. and Macyszyn, L., 2017. Isolated transverse process fractures: a systematic analysis. World neurosurgery , 100, pp.336-341.


Tucker, A.M. , Niu, T., Nagasawa, D.T., Everson, R., Sedighim, S. and Blanco, M.M.B., 2016. CT-negative, MRI GRE-positive primary motor cortex contusion causing isolated foot drop. Surgical neurology international , 7(Suppl 28), p.S756.

Hsu, M., Sedighim, S., Wang, T., Antonios, J.P., Everson, R.G., Tucker, A.M. , Du, L., Emerson, R., Yusko, E., Sanders, C. and Robins, H., 2016. TCR sequencing can identify and track glioma-infiltrating T cells after DC vaccination. Cancer immunology research, pp.canimm-0240.



Tucker, A.M. , Wang, A., Mathern, G., Fallah, A., “The Addition of Choroid Plexus Cauterization May Reduce Post-Hemispherectomy Hydrocephalus: Early UCLA Experience”, American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2018 in New Orleans, LA.


Tucker, A. , Everson, R., Orpilla, J., Soto, H., Yuan, F., Liau, L., Prins, R., “Protein Microarray Analysis of Glioblastoma Patient Sera Before and After Dendritic Cell Vaccination”, Society for Neuro-Oncology 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2016, Scottsdale, AZ.

Everson, R., Tucker, A. , Garrett, M., Marcus, L., Harris, R., Prins, R., Ellingson, B., Liau, L., “Case-Matched Study Of Effect Of Intra-Operative MRI On Extent Of Resection and Clinical Outcome in Glioma Patients Undergoing Surgical Resection”, Society for Neuro-Oncology 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2016, Scottsdale, AZ.

Tucker, A. , Nagasawa, D., Niu, T., Everson, R., Terterov, S., Garrett, M., Chen, C., Sidu, S., Sedighim, S., Bergsneider, M., Martin, N., Yang I., “Frequency of Serum Sodium Monitoring in Patients Receiving Intravenous 3% Sodium Chloride After Elective Cranial Surgery” Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, September 2016 in San Diego, CA.

Niu, T., Tucker, A.M., Nagasawa, D.T., Everson, R.G., Bergsneider, M., “Solitary Aggregatibacter aphrophilus tectal abscess in an immunocompetent patient”, American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting, April 2016 in Chicago, IL.

Sedighim, S., Hsu, M., Wang, T., Everson, R.G., Tucker, A.M. , Antonios, J.P., Du, L., Emerson, R., Yusko, E., Sanders, C., Robins, H., Yong, W., Davidson, T.B., Li, G., Liau, L.M., Prins, R., “TCR sequencing can identify and track tumor-specific T cell populations and is a predictive biomarker of response to DC vaccination in glioblastoma patients”, American Association for Cancer Research 107th Annual Meeting, April 2016 in New Orleans, LA.

Tucker, A. , Walbom, A., Nguyen, D., Darling, M., Everson, R., Terterov, S., Nastasi, A., Langevin, JP., “C5 Palsy After Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion: 2 Case Reports”, Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting, February 2016 in Sacramento, CA.


Book Chapters


Tucker, A.M., Madsen, P.J., Heuer, G.G. (2022). Ventricular Shunts for Hydrocephalus. In: Mattei, P. (eds) Fundamentals of Pediatric Surgery. Springer, Cham.


Tucker AM , Niu T, Nagasawa DT and Holly LT. Timing of Surgery for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy. In Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy and Radiculopathy: Treatment Approaches and Options (2018), editor Michael Fehlings.

Tucker AM , Terterov S and Frazee J. Endoscopic Approaches To Intracranial Aneurysms. In Neurosurgical Operative Atlas: Vascular Neurosurgery (2018), editor R Loch MacDonald.


Everson RG, Antonios JP, Tucker AM and Liau LM. Dendritic Cell Therapy for Brain Tumors. In Translational Immunotherapy (2016), editor John Sampson.


Tucker AM and Stine C. Arachnoid Cyst. In The 5-Minute Clinical Consult (2014), editor Frank J. Domino.

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 - Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Award
  • 2015 - UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute Award
  • 2013 - Mimi and Harold Steinberg Award
  • 2012 - Elected member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society
  • 2006 - Maggie Fletcher-Berg Bursary Scholarship
  • 2005 - George Drake '56 Award
  • 2005 - Graduated from Grinnell College with Honors
  • 2001 - 2004 - Elected member of Midwest Conference Academic All-Conference Team

Leadership and Memberships

  • 2012-present, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • 2012-present, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • 2010-present, Western Neurosurgical Society
  • 2012-present, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society
  • 2008-present, American Medical Association