Peter Sun, MD
Division Chief, Neurosurgery

Medical School: Columbia University, New York

Residency: Neurosurgery, University of California, Davis
Chief Resident, Neurosurgery, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Spine, Surgery, Neurosugery and Orthopedics, New York University

Fellowship: Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Board Certification: Pediatric Neurosurgery

Language(s): Mandarin 



Peter Sun, MD, is a leader in the field of pediatric neurosurgery. He can discuss disorders of the central nervous system and surgical treatment. The most commonly treated conditions include brain tumors, trauma, spinal abnormalities, intra-cranial cysts, cervical instabilities, craniofacial anomaly and hydrocephalus. Dr. Sun uses the most advanced medical technology available to treat his patients including a computer navigational system that inserts a tiny camera through a small incision in the skull. This technology is used to perform endoscopic brain surgeries.

Compelling Fact

Brain cancer and tumors are among the most common types of childhood cancers. Nearly one fourth of brain tumors in children are primitive neuroectodermal tumors. When these tumors arise in the cerebellum, they are called medulloblastomas. About 15 percent of childhood brain tumors are medulloblastomas, which are fast-growing tumors that spread along the spinal cord and meninges.

Sources:Cancer Statistics 2006 and American Cancer Society


  • Brain tumor surgery
  • Intra-cranial cysts
  • Cervical instabilities
  • Craniofacial anomaly
  • Hydrocephalus

An excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain, often causing intracranial pressure inside the skull, progressive enlargement of the head, seizures and mental retardation. Hydrocephalus is most often treated with the surgical placement of a shunt system. This system diverts the flow of CSF from a site within the central nervous system to another area of the body where it can be absorbed as part of the circulatory process.

Professional Achievements

  • Oakland Magazine Best East Bay Doctors 2007-2008 (nat'l survey)
  • NIH National Research Fellowship Award, 1990

Professional Organizations

  • Member, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • Member, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • Children’s Oncology Group Neurosurgery Committee
  • - Study Coordinator, COG-9934: Systemic chemotherapy, Second look Surgery and Conformal Radiation for Infants with Medulloblastoma
  • Member, Joint Pediatric Section CNS and AANS, member
  • Member, International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons
  • Western Neurosurgery Society

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