Hal Meltzer, M.D.


3020 Children's Way
MC 5135
San Diego, CA 92123




Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA

Rady Children's Specialists

Other Languages


Medical School

Northwestern University Medical School


UC San Diego


Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Rady Childrens Hospital-San Diego, UC San Diego


University of California, San Diego - Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery




Dr. Hal Meltzer is chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and a professor of neurosurgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He is also neurosurgical director of Rady Children's Craniofacial Program and is a pioneer in the development of minimally invasive and endoscopic craniosynostosis surgeries.

Board certified in both neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery, he has been on the Hospital's medical staff for more than 15 years.

After graduating from the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University, he completed his residency and training in adult and pediatric neurosurgery at UC San Diego Medical Center, Rady Children's, and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario.

Dr. Meltzer's clinical interests include craniofacial surgery/craniosynostosis, developmental anomalies of the nervous system, Chiari malformations, tethered spinal cord, spina bifida, pediatric head injury, hydrocephalus, vagal nerve stimulators for epilepsy, and minimally invasive/endoscopic surgeries. He has performed more than 300 craniofacial/craniosynostosis procedures, authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters, and is internationally recognized for pediatric craniofacial surgery.

A resident of San Diego for more 25 years, Dr. Meltzer enjoys running, yoga, classical music, photography, and spending time with his wife, Adriana, and their poodle, Lucy.


352 Robot-Assisted Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy.
Hoshide R, Calayag M, Meltzer HS, Levy ML, Gonda DD

309 Middle Fossa Approach to Lateralized Pontine Cavernomas in Children.
Calayag M, Hoshide R, Gonda DD, Meltzer HS, Fukushima T, Levy ML

197 Considerations in Relationship to the Approach for the Treatment of Lateralized Posterior Fossa Tumors in Children.
Calayag M, Gabel BC, Hong DS, Hatefi D, Gonda DD, Meltzer HS, Levy ML

Reverse Distraction Cranioplasty for Treatment of Hydrocephalic Megalocephaly.
Saad AN, Kanack M, McIntyre J, Levy M, Meltzer H, Cohen SR

Subgaleal Drain Placement Improves Surgical Outcomes After Primary Cranioplasty in Craniosynostosis Patients.
Tong JW, Emelin JK, Wong R, Meltzer HS, Cohen SR

Growing skull fracture of midline posterior cranial vault.
Collins J, Gosman AA, Meltzer HS

Complications associated with prolonged hypertonic saline therapy in children with elevated intracranial pressure.
Gonda DD, Meltzer HS, Crawford JR, Hilfiker ML, Shellington DK, Peterson BM, Levy ML

Nonsyndromic craniosynostosis: the Rady Children's Hospital approach.
Wong RK, Emelin JK, Meltzer HS, Levy ML, Cohen SR

Craniofacial reconstruction as a treatment for elevated intracranial pressure.
Baird LC, Gonda D, Cohen SR, Evers LH, LeFloch N, Levy ML, Meltzer HS

In situ fronto-orbital advancement with medial orbital osteotomies for trigonocephaly-associated hypotelorism.
Francis CS, Shetty A, Frank R, Meltzer HS, Cohen SR

The risk of growing skull fractures in craniofacial patients.
Keshavarzi S, Meltzer H, Cohen SR, Breithaupt A, Ben-Haim S, Newman CB, Levy ML

Variations of endoscopic and open repair of metopic craniosynostosis.
Keshavarzi S, Hayden MG, Ben-Haim S, Meltzer HS, Cohen SR, Levy ML

Review of bone substitutes.
Pryor LS, Gage E, Langevin CJ, Herrera F, Breithaupt AD, Gordon CR, Afifi AM, Zins JE, Meltzer H, Gosman A, Cohen SR, Holmes R

Palliative ventriculoperitoneal shunt in a pediatric patient with recurrent metastatic medulloblastoma.
Schiff D, Kline C, Meltzer H, Auger J

Initial clinical experience with frameless optically guided stereotactic radiosurgery/radiotherapy in pediatric patients.
Keshavarzi S, Meltzer H, Ben-Haim S, Newman CB, Lawson JD, Levy ML, Murphy K

Robotic virtual endoscopy: development of a multidirectional rigid endoscope.
Levy ML, Nguyen A, Aryan H, Jandial R, Meltzer HS, Apuzzo ML

Nonsyndromic craniosynostosis: current treatment options.
Cohen SR, Pryor L, Mittermiller PA, Meltzer HS, Levy ML, Broder KW, Ozgur BM

Comparison of open versus minimally invasive craniosynostosis procedures from the perspective of the parent.
Kim D, Pryor LS, Broder K, Gosman A, Breithaupt AD, Meltzer HS, Levy M, Cohen SR

Robotic virtual endoscopy: development of a multidirectional rigid endoscope.
Levy ML, Nguyen A, Aryan H, Jandial R, Meltzer HS, Apuzzo ML

Emotional and psychological impact of delayed craniosynostosis repair.
Ozgur BM, Aryan HE, Ibrahim D, Soliman MA, Meltzer HS, Cohen SR, Levy ML

The pathophysiologic mechanism of cerebellar mutism.
Ozgur BM, Berberian J, Aryan HE, Meltzer HS, Levy ML

Deep venous thrombosis in children and adolescents.
Levy ML, Granville RC, Hart D, Meltzer H

Hydrocephalus in children with middle fossa arachnoid cysts.
Levy ML, Meltzer HS, Hughes S, Aryan HE, Yoo K, Amar AP

Temozolomide and radiation for aggressive pediatric central nervous system malignancies.
Loh KC, Willert J, Meltzer H, Roberts W, Kerlin B, Kadota R, Levy M, White G, Geddis A, Schiff D, Martin L, Yu A, Kung F, Spear MA

Gel-based surgical preparation resulting in an operating room fire during a neurosurgical procedure: case report.
Meltzer HS, Granville R, Aryan HE, Billman G, Bennett R, Levy ML

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