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Daniel Umansky

Daniel Umansky, MD

Languages spoken: English, Hebrew, Spanish

Academic Information

Departments Primary - Neurosurgery

Academic Office Information

Board Certification

  • Board of Neurosurgery (Israel)
  • European Board of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Umansky completed his clinical and research fellowship in the Peripheral Nerve Surgery Research program at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary and in the section of Neurosurgery at the Alberta Health Services in Canada in July 2022. Prior to this, Dr. Umansky completed his six-year training as a neurosurgeon at the Department of Neurosurgery, Sourasky (Ichilov) Medical Center in Tel-Aviv, Israel in 2018. Dr. Umansky was a tutor in the Tel-Aviv University and is an active member of the European Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is certified as a Fellow of the European Board of Neurological Surgery (FEBNS) after completing their 4-year cycle training program and board exams. Dr. Umansky has been invited by several international departments as guest speaker and is a member of the European Association of Neurological Surgery, the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has published several peer reviewed papers and editorials along with several book chapters and participated in several international neurosurgical conferences in which he presented his work. Dr. Umansky was recently awarded the David Kline Peripheral Nerve Research award from the AANS/CNS joint section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves as well as the Denyse Lajoie-Lake award in brain research from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

Education History

Postdoctoral Fellowship Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Postdoctoral Fellow
Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Postdoctoral Training Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov)
Senior Resident
Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov)
Postdoctoral Training Barzilai Medical Center
Postdoctoral Internship
University of Debrecen

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Pathiyil RK, Elzinga K, Umansky D, Midha R (2023). Distal anterior interosseous nerve to ulnar nerve motor branch reverse end-to-side transfer in a case of severe ulnar neuropathy. Neurosurg Focus Video, 8(1), V4.
  2. Chu TH, Baral K, Labit E, Rosin N, Sinha S, Umansky D, Alzahrani S, Arora R, Cao L, Rancourt D, Biernaskie J, Midha R (2022). Comparison of human skin- and nerve-derived Schwann cells reveals many similarities and subtle genomic and functional differences. Glia, 70(11), 2131-2156.
  3. Umansky D, Bing C, Chu TH, Alzahrani S, Dunn JF, Pichardo S, Midha R (2022). Utilization of focused ultrasound for opening of the blood-nerve barrier. Phys Med Biol, 67(20).
  4. Umansky D, Hagen KM, Chu TH, Pathiyil RK, Alzahrani S, Ousman SS, Midha R (2022). Functional Gait Assessment Using Manual, Semi-Automated and Deep Learning Approaches Following Standardized Models of Peripheral Nerve Injury in Mice. Biomolecules, 12(10).
  5. Alzahrani S, Brito da Silva H, Chu TH, Tariq Z, Umansky D, Elliott DA, Midha R (2022). Successful retrograde regeneration using a sensory branch for motor nerve transfer. J Neurosurg, 138(3), 858-867.
  6. Umansky D, Midha R (2019). Commentary: The Presence and Persistence of Unrealistic Expectations in Patients Undergoing Nerve Surgery. Neurosurgery, 86(6), E522-E523.
  7. Umansky D, Midha R (2019). Commentary: Rapid-Stretch Injury to Peripheral Nerves: Histologic Results. Neurosurgery, 86(3), E333-E334.
  8. Umansky D, Midha R (2019). Treatment of neuropathic pain after peripheral nerve and brachial plexus traumatic injury. Neurol India, 67(Supplement), S23-S24.
  9. Umansky D, Corn BW, Strauss I, Shtraus N, Constantini S, Frolov V, Maimon S, Kanner AA (2018). Combined treatment approach to cerebral arteriovenous malformation in pediatric patients: stereotactic radiosurgery to partially Onyx-embolized AVM. Childs Nerv Syst, 34(11), 2269-2274.
  10. Strauss I, Haim O, Umansky D, Corn BW, Frolov V, Shtraus N, Maimon S, Kanner AA (2017). Impact of Onyx Embolization on Radiosurgical Management of Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformations: Treatment and Outcome. World Neurosurg, 108, 656-661.


  1. Umansky D, Midha R (2020). Editorial. The quintessential nerve injury model. J Neurosurg, 135(3), 890-892.


  1. Shofty B, Gonen L, Avraham S, Abergel A, Umansky D, Margalit N (2017). Postoperative cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea in puerperal women following transcranial resection of tuberculum sella meningiomas. [Letter to the editor]. J Neurosurg Sci, 63(2), 233-235.

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