Ayub Khan Ommaya (1930-2008): Legacy and contributions to neurosurgery

Rimal Hanif Dossani, Piyush Kalakoti, Jai Deep Thakur, Anil Nanda

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Ayub Khan Ommaya (1930-2008) was a pioneering neurosurgeon of Pakistani origin who is widely known for inventing the Ommaya reservoir, a ventricular catheter with a mushroom-shaped dome for administration of intraventricular therapies. As a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Ommaya developed an early interest in studying traumatic brain injury. Over the course of his career, Ommaya employed subhuman primate models to better understand mechanisms underlying human cerebral concussion. His work on traumatic brain injury led to the creation of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, a center for injury prevention research at the Center for Disease Control. This historical paper visits Ommaya’s life story and recounts his key contributions to neurosurgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-330
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


  • Cerebral concussion
  • Reservoir
  • Spinal arteriovenous malformation
  • Traumatic brain injury


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