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Elsa Arocho-Quinones, MD

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Elsa Arocho-Quinones, MD

Neurosurgery Resident, Class of 2019


  • Neurosurgery


Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2002
Master’s Level Curriculum in Biological Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2005
Medical Curriculum, San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, Caguas, Puerto Rico, 2011
Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 2012


Elsa was born and raised in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. She attended the University of Puerto Rico and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Chemistry. She spent the following six years working in pre-clinical research focused on the detection of cell-surface biomarkers in various cell-based and mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. She enrolled in medical school in 2008 and obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2012. She then began her residency in Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She has been involved in a number of clinical research projects focused on functional neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery which have been presented at national meetings. She is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Neuromodulation Society, the American Epilepsy Society, and Women in Neurosurgery. Her interests in neurosurgery include: pediatric neurosurgery, functional neurosurgery, neurosurgical oncology, skull base surgery, and epilepsy surgery. In her free time, Elsa enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dogs, volunteering at Cold Noses Foundation, and traveling to Puerto Rico.

Research Interests


Improvement of Hypothalamic Hamartoma-Related Psychiatric Disorder After Stereotactic Laser Ablation: Case Report and Review of Literature. Arocho-Quinones, EV, Koop, J, Lew, SM.World Neurosurg. 2019;122 :680-683. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.11.166. PubMed PMID:30481631.

Spheno-Orbital Aneurysmal Bone Cyst in a 10-Month-Old Infant. Arocho-Quinones, EV, Self, S, Suchi, M, Zwagerman, NT, Lew, SM.World Neurosurg. 2018;117 :371-376. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.06.193. PubMed PMID:30157596.

Stereotactic laser ablation of amygdala and hippocampus using a Leksell stereotactic frame. Awad, AJ, Nguyen, HS, Arocho-Quinones, E, Doan, N, Mueller, W, Lew, SM.Neurosurg Focus. 2018;44 (VideoSuppl2):V1. doi: 10.3171/2018.4.FocusVid.17712. PubMed PMID:29570385.

Split laminotomy versus conventional laminotomy: postoperative outcomes in pediatric patients. Arocho-Quinones, EV, Kolimas, A, LaViolette, PS, Kaufman, BA, Foy, AB, Zwienenberg, M, Lew, SM.J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2018;21 (6):615-625. doi: 10.3171/2017.12.PEDS17368. PubMed PMID:29570034.

Imaging Evaluation of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: Current State of the Art and Future Directions. Martin, AR, Tadokoro, N, Tetreault, L, Arocho-Quinones, EV, Budde, MD, Kurpad, SN, Fehlings, MG.Neurosurg. Clin. N. Am. 2018;29 (1):33-45. doi: 10.1016/ PubMed PMID:29173434.

Effects of deep brain stimulation on vocal fold immobility in Parkinson's disease. Arocho-Quinones, EV, Hammer, MJ, Bock, JM, Pahapill, PA.Surg Neurol Int. 2017;8 :22. doi: 10.4103/2152-7806.200580. PubMed PMID:28303202 PubMed Central PMC5339919.

Non-Infectious Peri-Electrode Edema and Contrast Enhancement Following Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. Arocho-Quinones, EV, Pahapill, PA.Neuromodulation. 2016;19 (8):872-876. doi: 10.1111/ner.12432. PubMed PMID:27098925.

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Posters & Presentations

Split Laminotomy vs Conventional Laminotomy: Postoperative Outcomes in Pediatric Patients
Presented: December, 2015 at the 44th Annual Meeting of the AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery; Seattle, WA

Non-Infectious Peri-Electrode Edema and Contrast Enhancement Following Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery
Presented: December, 2015 at the 19th NANS Annual Meeting

Effects of Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation on Bilateral Vocal Cord Paralysis in Parkinson’s Disease
Presented: December, 2014 at the 18th Annual Meeting of the North American Neuromodulation Society