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Dr. Philip SchmalzAssistant Professor

Areas of Interest
Cerebrovascular and skull base surgery, neuroendovascular surgery


Philip Schmalz is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed his undergraduate studies at Washington and Lee University and the College of Charleston, where he served as a skipper on their nationally renowned sailing team. After graduation, Dr. Schmalz was hired by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Broad Institute in the Technology Development division, working to scale up new genomic sequencing platforms and processes. He returned to New Orleans to complete his medical studies at Tulane University, but was promptly lured back to the lab as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar at the National Institutes of Health. While at HHMI-NIH under the guidance of Dr. John K. Park, he worked to develop new immunotherapeutics for the treatment of malignant gliomas as well as novel techniques in murine glioma models. He pursued his interest in cerebrovascular and endovascular surgery, serving six months as Clinical Fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Deaconess Medical Center-Harvard Medical School, and at Duke University under the guidance of Drs. Christopher Ogilvy and L. Fernando Gonzalez, respectively. His clinical interests include cerebrovascular, endovascular, and skull base surgery.


College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Medical School
Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Subspecialty Training 

  • Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
    Neuroendovascular Surgery Fellowship (CAST)
  • Neurosurgical Service, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
    Endovascular and Operative Neurovascular Surgery (six months as clinical fellow)

Honors & Awards 

  • James “Buddy” Nobles Jr. Resident Education Award, presented June 12, 2020
  • Griffith R. Harsh III MD Resident Research Award presented at the 34th Annual J. Garber Galbraith Scientific Section and Lecture, October 6, 2017
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons SANS Challenge Award, 2nd Place
  • Tulane 34 Award (Top 34 Professional and Graduate School Students across University)
  • Thorpe Ray Internal Medicine Award
  • Garvin Saunders Family Fund Academic Scholarship
  • Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company Academic Scholarship, Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Departmental Honors, College of Charleston Department of Biology

  • Select Publications
    1. Foreman PM, Enriquez-Marulanda A, Mooney J, Schmalz PGR, Griessenauer CJ, Deveikis J, Harrigan MR. Whole-blood aggregometry prior to Pipeline Embolization Device treatment of intracranial aneurysms: definining an optimal platelet inhibition cutoff value for clopidogrel. J Neurosurg November 2019

    2. Ilyas A, Chen C, Ironside N, Buell T, Chagoya G, Schmalz PG, Stetler WR, Andaluz N, James R, Ding D. Medical Management Versus Surgical Bypass for Symptomatic Intracranial Atherosclerotic Diseas: A Systematic Review. World Neurosurg September 2019.

    3. Erickson N, Schmalz PGR, Agee BS, Fort M, Walters BC, McGrew BM, Fisher III WS. Koos Classification of Acoustic Schwannomas: A Reliability Study. J Neurosurg September 2019

    4. Gupta R, Ogilvy CS, Moore JM, Griessenauer CJ, Enriquez-Marulanda A, Leadon M, Adeeb N, Ascanio L, Maragkos GA, Jain A, Schmalz PGR, Alturki AY, Kicielinski K, Schirmer CM, Thomas AJ, Proposal of a follow-up imaging strategy following pipeline flow diversion treatment of intracranial aneurysms. J Neurosurg July 2019

    5. Foreman PM, Ilyas A, Mooney J, Schmalz PGR, Walters BC, Griessenauer CJ. Antiplatelet Medication Reversal Strategies in Operative Intracranial Hemorrhage: A Survey of Practicing Neurosurgeons World Neurosurg. May 2018.

    6. Schmalz PGR, Enriquez-Marulanda A, Alturki A, Stapleton CJ, Thomas AJ, Ogilvy CS. Outcome of Combined Endovascular and Surgical Treatment of Unruptured Anterior Communicating Artery Aneurysms: Is a More Aggressive Management Strategy Warranted? World Neurosurg. April 2018.

    7. Ascanio LC, Gupta R, Adeeb N, Moore JM, Griessenauer CJ, Mayeku J, TachieBaffour Y, Thomas R, Alturki AY, Schmalz PGR, Ogilvy CS, Thomas AJ. Relationship Between External Ventricular Drain Clamp Trials and Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Insertion Following Nontraumatic Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. J. Neurosurg. Published online March 16, 2018.

    8. Alturki A. Enriquez-Marulanda A, Schmalz P, Ogilvy CS, Thomas AJ. Transarterial Onyx Embolization of Bilateral Transverse–Sigmoid Dural Arteriovenous Malformation with Transvenous Balloon Assist—Initial U.S. Experience with Copernic RC Venous Remodeling Balloon. World Neurosurg, 2018 109:398-402.

    9. Schmalz PGR, Griessenauer CJ, Ogilvy CS, Thomas AJ. Use of an absorbable synthetic polymer dural substitute for the repair of dural defects: A technical note. Cureus, Published online January 29, 2018.

    10. Adeeb N, Gupta R, Schneider AM, Leadon M, Enriquez A, Griessenauer CJ, Salem M, Alturki A, Schmalz P, Ogilvy CS, Thomas AJ, Moore JM. Defining a Clopidogrel Response Cut-Off Value Using Light Transmission Aggregometry Prior to Pipeline Embolization of Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms. World Neurosurg. Published online February 6, 2018.

    11. Alturki A, Schmalz PGR, Ogilvy CS, Thomas AJ. Sequential coiling-assisted deployment (SCAD) of flow diverter for treatment of fusiform middle cerebral artery aneurysms. Oper Neurosurg. November 11, 2017.

    12. Schmalz PGR, Alturki A, Ogilvy CS, Thomas AJ. Ruptured distal anterior choroidal artery aneurysm treated with superselective provocative testing and coil embolization: report of a case. World Neurosurg. 2017.

    13. Ragavindran, K, Schmalz PGR, Ronthal M, Torun N, Thomas AJ. Angiographic findings in the Tolosa-Hunt Syndrome and resolution after corticosteroid treatment. Neuro-Ophthalmology. Published online September 6, 2017.

    14. Falatko SR, Schmalz PGR, Harrigan MR. Recrudesence of Symptoms of Remote Ischemic Stroke After a Cerebral Angiogram. World Neurosurg. March 2017

    15. Foreman PM, Griessenauer CJ, Kicielinski KP, Schmalz PG, Rocque BG, Fusco MR, Sullivan JC 3rd, Deveikis JP, Harrigan MR. Reliability assessment of the Biffl Scale for blunt traumatic cerebrovascular injury as detected on computer tomography angiography. J Neurosurg. 2016 Oct 21:1-4.

    16. Foreman PM, Hendrix P, Griessenauer CJ, Schmalz PGR, Harrigan MR. External Ventricular Drain Placement in the Intensive Care Unit versus Operating Room: Evaluation of Complications and Accuracy. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, 128:94-100, 2015.

    17. Foreman P, Schmalz P, Griessenauer C. Chemoprophylaxis for venous thromboembolism in traumatic brain injury: A review and evidence-based protocol. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, 123:109-116, 2014.

    18. Schmalz PGR, Shen MJ, Park JK. Treatment Resistance Mechanisms of Malignant Glioma Tumor Stem Cells. Cancers. 2011,3:621-635.



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