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Andrew Reisner

Andrew Reisner, MD, FACS, FAAP


Andrew Reisner, MD, FACS, FAAP


Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:

University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Medical School:

University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

In practice since:


Your Specialty:

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school:

  • Emory University – Neurosurgery Residency – 7 years
  • University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) – Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship – 1 year

How did you choose your specialty?

I enjoy the neurosciences and working with children.

What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?

Most: The children - they are brave, honest and fun. I also like working my hands and having varied and challenging days.

Least: More often than I would like, the diseases are untreatable and fatal.

In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?

Passion – You have to like what you do. 

Honesty – especially with yourself so that you recognize mistakes, and not repeat them. 

Work ethic – you must be prepared for long cases and work hours.  There are no short cuts.  

Hobbies/special interests:

  • Time with family
  • Reading historical fiction
  • Camping
  • Music
  • Running
  • Gardening
  • Travelling