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. During residency, Arjun completed an NIH R25 and NREF funded postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Steinberg’s lab studying motor circuit plasticity and optogenetic stimulation to promote recovery in a mouse model of stroke. Following residency he plans to complete a two year Neurointerventional Radiology fellowship at Stanford. Outside of medicine, Arjun enjoys traveling, skiing, and playing golf.


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:



  • 2006 Visiting Research Fellowship, Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, London, England
  • 2008 Outstanding Microbiology Senior Award, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • 2008 Young Investigator Travel Award, International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
  • 2010 Student Clinician Award, HOYA Clinic, Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • 2011 NREF Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • 2014 Best Oral Scientific Presentation, Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • 2014 Stacy L. Rollins Jr. Award for Outstanding Academic Performance, Department of Neurosurgery, Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • 2016 Finalist, Consulting Service Resident of the Year, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • 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 (Declined)
  • 2018 John Hanbery SFNS Young Investigator Award, 70th Annual Meeting of the San Francisco Neurological Society (SFNS)
  • 2018-2019 California Association of Neurological Surgeons (CANS) Resident Fellowship
  • 2018-2019 Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS) Socioeconomic Fellowship
  • 2018-2019 NIH R25 Research Grant
  • 2019 International Stroke Conference (ISC) Young Investigator Award
  • 2019 Best Scientific Paper Award, AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section Annual Meeting
  • 2019 Clinical Science Resident Award, Western Neurosurgical Society Annual Meeting
  • 2019 American Association of South Asian Neurosurgeons (AASAN) Resident Scholarship Award



Arjun Pendharkar