Arjun Pendharkar, MD

Arjun was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Microbiology. At Cal Poly, Arjun worked in the lab of Dr. Michael Black where he studied Celiac Disease—cloning a novel strain of prophylactic Lactobacillus bacteria to cleave immunogenic gliadin peptides in the small intestine. Prior to attending medical school at Georgetown University, Arjun spent a year in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford in the labs of Dr. Raphael Guzman and Gary Steinberg studying intravascular neural stem cell therapy for stroke—specifically elucidating the difference between intra-arterial and intravenous injection. Outside of medicine, Arjun enjoys traveling, photography, golf and playing the guitar and piano.


2014-present Neurosurgery Residency, Stanford University
2010-2014 M.D. Georgetown University School of Medicine
2009-2010 M.S. Physiology, Georgetown University
2005-2008 B.S. Microbiology, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Research Interests:

Neural stem cell biology, molecular imaging, stroke

Program Completion:



2017 Edwin Boldrey SFNS Young Investigator Award, 69th Annual Meeting of the San Francisco Neurological Society (SFNS)
2017-2018 Neurosurgical Research and Education Foundation (NREF) & American Academy of Neurological Surgery (AANS) Research Fellowship Grant
2017-2018 Robert J Dempsey MD Resident Cerebrovascular Research Award (Deferred)
2018 John Hanbery SFNS Young Investigator Award, 67th Annual Meeting of the San Francisco Neurological Society (SFNS)
2018-2019 NIH R25 Research Grant
2014 Stacy L. Rollins Jr. Award for Outstanding Academic Performance, Department of Neurosurgery Georgetown University Hospital
2014 First place prize, Georgetown University School of Medicine Research Day
2011 Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
2010 Medical Student Volunteer Award, HOYA Clinic Georgetown University School of Medicine
2008 Outstanding Microbiology Senior Award, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
2008 Young Investigator Travel Award, International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism



Arjun Pendharkar