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Pascal O. Zinn, MD, PhD

Dr. Pascal O. ZinnAssistant Professor

Department of Neurological Surgery

Associate Director

Adult Neurosurgical Oncology Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Areas of Interest

  • Neuro-oncology
  • Brain and spinal tumors
  • Cavernous malformations
  • Endoscopic surgery
  • Minimally invasive cranial and spinal surgery
  • Stereotactic surgery


Dr. Zinn is assistant professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and associate director of the Adult Neurosurgical Oncology Program. He specializes in neurosurgical oncology.

Dr. Zinn received his medical degree from the University of Zurich in Switzerland and received his PhD from the University of Lausanne. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center. He then completed a fellowship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School.

In addition to his clinical focus in neuro-oncology, Dr. Zinn’s research focuses on patient-centered care for brain and spinal tumors. Utilizing humanoid brain organoid cancer models, Dr. Zinn simulates the patient’s tumor condition in the laboratory and studies the origins of how the tumor forms and how tumors can be treated using tumor genetics precision approaches. Furthermore, Dr. Zinn is developing personalized biologically-adaptable and patient-tailored, virus-based therapies for brain cancer.

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