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Kaisorn Chaichana, M.D.

Kaisorn Lee Chaichana, M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery


Expertise: Acoustic Neuromas, Brain Cancer, Brain Stem Tumors, Brain Tumors, Chondrosarcoma, Chordomas, Clival Tumors, Craniopharyngiomas, CyberKnife and stereotactic radiosurgery, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Endoscopy, Glioblastoma, Gliomas, Meningiomas, Metastatic Brain Tumors, Neurological Surgery, Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Oncology, Pituitary Tumors, Sellar Tumors, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Suprasellar Tumors more

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Appointment Phone: 410-955-6406

600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

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Kaisorn Chaichana, M.D. specializes in neurosurgical oncology, focusing on the comprehensive treatment of pituitary and skull base tumors, primary brain tumors (including gliomas) and metastatic brain tumors.

Dr. Chaichana uses the most modern surgical approaches including open, minimally-invasive, endoscopic and skull base techniques, as well as surgical adjuncts such as computer guided navigation, intraoperative neuro-monitoring, brain mapping and stereotactic radiosurgery.

Dr. Chaichana graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah, graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuro-oncology and stem cell research. 

After medical school he completed his general surgery internship, neurological surgery residency and fellowship in neuro-oncology and skull base surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. more


  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Assistant Professor of Oncology
  • Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery



  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2008)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurological Surgery (2015)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Chaichana’s primary clinical research interests include surgical outcomes for patients with primary, metastatic, and skull base tumors. His basic science research include stem cell treatment for primary and metastatic brain tumors.

Selected Publications

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Kut C, Chaichana KL, Xi J, Raza SM, Ye X, McVeigh ER, Rodriguez FJ, Quiñones-Hinojosa A, Li X: Real-time and Label-free Detection of Human Brain Cancer Infiltration Ex Vivo and In Vivo Using Quantitative Optical Coherence Tomography. Sci Transl Med. 2015 Jun 17;7(292):292ra100. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3010611.

Chaichana KL, Torres-Jusue I, Navarro-Ramirez R, Pascual-Gallego M, Ibrahim A, Hernandez-Hermann M, Gomez L, Ye X, Weingart J, Olivi A, Blakeley J, Gallia GL, Lim M, Brem H, Quiñones-Hinojosa A: Establishing percent resection and residual volume thresholds affecting survival and recurrence or patients with newly diagnosed intracranial glioblastoma. Neuro Oncol, 2014 Jan;16(1):113-22.

Chaichana KL, Gadkaree S, Rao K, Link TW, Rigamonti DR, Purtell MJ, Browner IS, Weingart JD, Olivi A, Gallia GL, Bettegowda C, Brem H, Lim M, Quiñones-Hinojosa A: Patients undergoing surgery of intracranial metastases have different outcomes based on their primary pathology. Neurol Res, 2013 Dec;35(10):1059-69.

Chaichana KL, Zadnik P, Weingart JD, Olivi A, Gallia GL, Blakeley J, Lim M, Brem H, Quiñones-Hinojosa A. J Neurosurg. 2013 Apr;118(4):812-20. doi: 10.3171/2012.9.JNS1277. Epub 2012 Oct 19. Multiple resections for patients with glioblastoma: prolonging survival.

Chaichana KL, McGirt MJ, Frazier J, Attenello F, Guerrero-Cazares H, Quinones-Hinojosa A. Relationship of glioblastoma multiforme to the lateral ventricles predicts survival following tumor resection. J Neurooncol. 2008 Sep;89(2):219-24. doi: 10.1007/s11060-008-9609-2. Epub 2008 May 6.

Activities & Honors


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, American Medical Association, 2014
  • Frank L. Coulson Resident Clinical Excellence Award, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2014
  • Harvey Cushing Award for Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2013
  • Walter Dandy Award for Clinical Excellence, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2012
  • Irving Sherman Resident Achievement Award, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2011


  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), 2009
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), 2009
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society, 2014

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