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Suguna Pappu, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurosurgery

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Contact Information

Phone: (505)272-6901

Academic Career

Pappu received her PhD in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She did postdoctoral work in computer vision at the Yale University Department of Computer Science and the Yale University Center for Theroretical and Applied Neuroscience. She was then awarded a National Research Service Award fellowship for medical image analysis as part of the Yale University Image Processing and Analysis Group.

She received her MD from the Yale University School of Medicine. She did a surgical internship at Yale New Haven Hospital and completed her neurosurgical training at the University of New Mexico.

Pappu joined the UNM Department of Neurosurgery in 2012. She took on a joint appointment between the university and the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2013.

Research Interests

Pappu works on problems that involve both clinical neuroscience and quantitative analysis. She studies how the balance between the production and absorption of cerebrospinal fluid can be disrupted in brain tumors, trauma and hemorrhage. She also is exploring the respective roles played by intracranial pressure, cerebral blood flow and brain tissue oxygenation in brain injury. 


  • Degenerative and Traumatic Spine
  • Radiosurgery (Gamma Knife)

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Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • UNM Faculty Senator
  • UNM Health Sciences Center Research Board