Christopher Giza graduated from Dartmouth College, received his M.D. from West Virginia University and completed his internship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Giza then trained in Adult and Pediatric Neurology at UCLA, after which he worked on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team. In 1998, he returned to UCLA and joined the Brain Injury Research Center. Dr. Giza leads the Pediatric TBI program at UCLA. He traveled to Afghanistan in 2011 as a civilian advisor to the Department of Defense and in 2012 established UCLA BrainSPORT, a comprehensive sports concussion/mild TBI program for prevention, outreach, research and treatment. In 2012, he received the “Professional in the Field Award” from the Brain Injury Association of California. Dr. Giza co-Chaired the American Academy of Neurology’s committee that developed an evidence-based Practice Guideline for Management of Sports Concussions in 2013. He serves on the Center for Disease Control’s Pediatric mild TBI committee, the NCAA Concussion Task Force, the Major League Soccer Concussion Program Committee and has served as Vice-Chair for the California State Athletic Commission. He directs the NFL Neurological Care Program at UCLA. He is currently Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children’s Hospital – UCLA. His research interests include neuroplasticity, recovery from injury, sport-related concussions, post-traumatic epilepsy and brain development.
A selected list of publications:
Madikians A and Giza CC. A Clinician’s Guide to the Pathophysiology of Traumatic Brain Injury, Indian Journal of Neurotrauma, 2006; 3(1): 9-17.
Giza, CC. Better Never Than Late: Lasting Effects of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury, Indian Journal of Neurotrauma, 2006; 3(1): 19-26.
Prins ML, Giza CC Induction of monocarboxylate transporter-2 expression and ketone transport following traumatic brain injury in juvenile and adult rats, Developmental Neuroscience, 2006; 28(4-5): 447-56.
Giza CC, Santa Maria NS, and Hovda DA. N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunit changes following traumatic injury to the developing brain, Journal of Neurotrauma, 2006; 23(6): 950-61.
Bhidayashiri R, Waters M and Giza CC. Neurological Differential Diagnosis: A Prioritized Approach, , 2005; .
Bhidayasiri R and Giza CC. Images in Pediatric Neurosurgery – Subdural hematoma and retinal hemorrhages in an infant: accidental or non-accidental injury?, Pediatric Neurosurgery, 2004; 40(3): 147-8.
Osteen CL, Giza CC and Hovda DA. Injury-induced alterations in NMDA receptor subunit composition contribute to prolonged 45calcium accumulation following lateral fluid percussion, Neuroscience, 2004; 128(2): 305-322.
Giza CC, Prins ML, Hovda DA, Herschman HR and Feldman JD. Genes preferentially induced by depolarization after concussive brain injury: Effects of age and injury severity, Journal of Neurotrauma, 2002; 19(4): 387-402.
SÃ¡nchez Sarah M, Arndt Daniel H, Carpenter Jessica L, Chapman Kevin E, Cornett Karen M, Dlugos Dennis J, Gallentine William B, Giza Christopher C, Goldstein Joshua L, Hahn Cecil D, Lerner Jason T, Loddenkemper Tobias, Matsumoto Joyce H, McBain Kristin, Nash Kendall B, Payne Eric, SÃ¡nchez FernÃ¡ndez IvÃ¡n, Shults Justine, Williams Korwyn, Yang Amy, Abend Nicholas S Electroencephalography monitoring in critically ill children: Current practice and implications for future study design
Epilepsia, 2013; 54(8): 1419-27.
Abend Nicholas S, Arndt Daniel H, Carpenter Jessica L, Chapman Kevin E, Cornett Karen M, Gallentine William B, Giza Christopher C, Goldstein Joshua L, Hahn Cecil D, Lerner Jason T, Loddenkemper Tobias, Matsumoto Joyce H, McBain Kristin, Nash Kendall B, Payne Eric, SÃ¡nchez Sarah M, FernÃ¡ndez IvÃ¡n SÃ¡nchez, Shults Justine, Williams Korwyn, Yang Amy, Dlugos Dennis J Electrographic seizures in pediatric ICU patients: Cohort study of risk factors and mortality
Neurology, 2013; 81(4): 383-391.
Van Cleve William, Kernic Mary A, Ellenbogen Richard G, Wang Jin, Zatzick Douglas F, Bell Michael J, Wainwright Mark S, Groner Jonathan I, Mink Richard B, Giza Christopher C, Boyle Linda Ng, Mitchell Pamela H, Rivara Frederick P, Vavilala Monica S, Vavilala Monica S National Variability in Intracranial Pressure Monitoring and Craniotomy for Children with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
Neurosurgery, 2013; 81(4): .
Kernic Mary A, Rivara Frederick P, Zatzick Douglas F, Bell Michael J, Wainwright Mark S, Groner Jonathan I, Giza Christopher C, Mink Richard B, Ellenbogen Richard G, Boyle Linda, Mitchell Pamela H, Kannan Nithya, Vavilala Monica S, Vavilala Monica S Triage of children with moderate and severe traumatic brain injury to trauma centers
Journal of neurotrauma, 2013; 30(13): 1129-36.
Giza Christopher C, Kutcher Jeffrey S, Ashwal Stephen, Barth Jeffrey, Getchius Thomas S D, Gioia Gerard A, Gronseth Gary S, Guskiewicz Kevin, Mandel Steven, Manley Geoffrey, McKeag Douglas B, Thurman David J, Zafonte Ross Summary of evidence-based guideline update: evaluation and management of concussion in sports: report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology
Neurology, 2013; 80(24): 2250-7.
Sanchez Sarah M, Carpenter Jessica, Chapman Kevin E, Dlugos Dennis J, Gallentine William B, Giza Christopher C, Goldstein Joshua L, Hahn Cecil D, Kessler Sudha K, Loddenkemper Tobias, Riviello James J, Abend Nicholas S, Abend Nicholas S Pediatric ICU EEG monitoring: current resources and practice in the United States and Canada
Journal of clinical neurophysiology : official publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society, 2013; 30(2): 156-60.
Babikian Talin, Marion Sarah Deboard, Copeland Sarah, Alger Jeffry R, O’Neill Joseph, Cazalis Fabienne, Mink Richard, Giza Christopher C, Vu Jennifer A, Hilleary Suzanne M, Kernan Claudia L, Newman Nina, Asarnow Robert F Metabolic levels in the corpus callosum and their structural and behavioral correlates after moderate to severe pediatric TBI
Journal of neurotrauma, 2010; 27(3): 473-81.
Donnelly TJ and Giza CC. Differential Diagnosis Mnemonics, , 2001; .
Fineman I, Giza CC, Nahed B, Lee SM and Hovda DA. Inhibition of neocortical plasticity during development by moderate concussive brain injury, Journal of Neurotrauma, 2000; 17(9): 739-49.
Rabizadeh S, Ye X, Wang JJL, Sperandio S, Wang, JJL, Ellerby HM, Ellerby LM, Giza CC, Andrusiak RL, Frankowski H, Yaron Y, Moayeri NN, Rovelli G, Evans CJ, Butcher LL, Nolan GP, Assa-Munt N, and Bredesen DE. Neurotrophin dependence domain: A domain required for the mediation of apoptosis by the p75 neurotrophin receptor, Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, 2000; 15: 215-229.