Corinna Zygourakis

Corinna Zygourakis

Neurosurgeon, Spine neurosurgeon

Bio:   Dr. Corinna Zygourakis specializes in comprehensive surgical care of the adult spine, and focuses on the treatment of complex spinal disorders, including spinal deformity, revision surgery, and spinal tumors. Dr. Zygourakis employs the latest minimally invasive, motion-sparing, and robotic surgical techniques to achieve the best outcomes for her patients. Her philosophy is to take care of patients with respect and compassion, as she would want her own family treated.

Dr. Zygourakis trained at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for her combined neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery complex spine fellowship, where she performed the first surgery internationally with the Globus Excelsius spinal robot. She completed her residency at the top-ranked neurosurgical program at the University of California, San Francisco, and obtained her M.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Medical School. Committed to serving and advocating for spine patients through her clinical, education, and research efforts, Dr. Zygourakis has published more than forty scientific articles and book chapters on healthcare costs, quality of neurosurgical care, and spine surgery.
4.7 out of 5
102 Patient Ratings
26 Patient Comments

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

General Neurology Clinic in Emeryville

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship (2018) MD
  • Residency: UCSF Neurological Surgery Residency (2017) CA
  • Medical Education: Harvard Medical School (2011) MA
  • Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Complex Spine Fellowship, Depts of Neurosurgery & Orthopedic Surgery (2018)
  • Residency, University of California, San Francisco, Neurological Surgery (2017)
  • M.D., Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Health Sciences and Technology Joint Program, Neuroscience Honors Thesis *Cum laude (2011)
  • Study Abroad, Cambridge University, Physiology (2005)
  • B.S., California Institute of Technology, Biology, English Literature *with honors (2006)

Honors & Awards

  • Axline and Lingle Awards, Caltech Full-Tuition Merit Scholarships, California Institute of Technology (2002-2006)
  • Best Senior Resident Clinical Research Presentation, Resident Research Day, University of California, San Francisco (2016)
  • Byers Center for Biodesign Faculty Fellowship, Stanford University (2019-2020)
  • Caring Wisely Grant, OR SCORE (OR Surgical Cost Reduction Project), University of California, San Francisco (2014)
  • CTSI Catalyst Award, Development of Doctor Mobile App that Decreases Costs, University of California, San Francisco (2015)
  • Cum Laude, Harvard Medical School (2011)
  • Excellence and Innovation Award in Graduate Medical Education, University of California, San Francisco (2016)
  • High Impact Manuscript Award, Neurosurgery (2017)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship for Medical Students, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2008-2009)
  • Jack E. Froehlich Award, Caltech Academic Prize to Top Junior, California Institute of Technology (2005)
  • Mabel Beckman Award, Caltech Commencement Prize to Top Graduating Woman, California Institute of Technology (2006)
  • Naffziger Award for Outstanding Neurosurgical Resident, University of California, San Francisco (2015)
  • Neuroscience Research Prize, American Academy of Neurology & Child Neurology Society (2002)
  • Paul and Daisy Soros National Fellowship for New Americans, Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation (2006-2008)
  • Seidman Prize for Outstanding Senior HST Medical Student Thesis, Harvard Medical School (2011)
  • Sustainability Award from UCSF Chancellor for Project on OR Waste, University of California, San Francisco (2016)
  • Top 20 Under 40 Spine Surgeons, SpineLine, North American Spine Society (2019)
  • UCSF Center for Healthcare Value Research Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco (2015)
  • UCSF Health "Great Save Award" from CEO for OR Surgical Cost Reduction Project, University of California, San Francisco (2016)
  • United States Presidential Scholar, U.S. Presidential Scholars Program (2002)
  • USA Today All-USA High School Academic First Team, USA Today (2002)

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Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

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Clear Communication

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Confidence in your doctor

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SHC Patient, Mar 2020

Dr. Z made me feel informed and cared for. She spent enough time with me that I feel I am in good, safe hands and I feel heard.

SHC Patient, Feb 2020

Dr. Zigourakis is one of the best doctors I have ever seen.

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Dr Corinna is amazing. Friendly, thorough, and exceptional in explaining everything in terms that were easy to understand!

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Doctor Z office and staff were the best! Dr. Z the best!

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Dr Z is the best neurosurgeon filled with honesty compassion and kindness

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Everything was explained to me and my husband who would be caring for me at home

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

the best doctor and staff that has provided care for me.

SHC Patient, Nov 2019

Excellent!

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

I am beyond impressed by the credentials, knowledge, and thoroughness!

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

Dr. Zygourakis very professional and thorough. I felt well cared for and had time to explain how I was feeling and had plenty of time to ask any questions and felt they were answered appropriately.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

This is an exceptional physician, who despite being under the pressure of a surgery, took the time to do a full examination. She allowed all the time necessary do a full diagnosis. As a result, I left feeling I had received the best possible medical care available.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

Very good experience with Dr. Z.!

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4.7 out of 5
102 Patient Ratings
26 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Mar 2020

Dr. Z made me feel informed and cared for. She spent enough time with me that I feel I am in good, safe hands and I feel heard.

SHC Patient, Feb 2020

Dr. Zigourakis is one of the best doctors I have ever seen.

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Dr Corinna is amazing. Friendly, thorough, and exceptional in explaining everything in terms that were easy to understand!

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Doctor Z office and staff were the best! Dr. Z the best!

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Dr Z is the best neurosurgeon filled with honesty compassion and kindness

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Everything was explained to me and my husband who would be caring for me at home

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

the best doctor and staff that has provided care for me.

SHC Patient, Nov 2019

Excellent!

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

I am beyond impressed by the credentials, knowledge, and thoroughness!

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

Dr. Zygourakis very professional and thorough. I felt well cared for and had time to explain how I was feeling and had plenty of time to ask any questions and felt they were answered appropriately.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

This is an exceptional physician, who despite being under the pressure of a surgery, took the time to do a full examination. She allowed all the time necessary do a full diagnosis. As a result, I left feeling I had received the best possible medical care available.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

Very good experience with Dr. Z.!

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

I have absolute confidence in Dr. Zygourakis - I've never met (or known of) a surgeon with so much expertise AND professionalism AND comforting bed-side manner.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

I felt important.

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

Dr. Zy was amazing. She is a beautiful woman inside & out. Heart is beautiful. She loves her patients.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

This provider is a very professional person, kind & attentive I am very happy with their services. THANKS.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Dr. Zygourakis is amazing - Consistently wonderful in all areas - Extremely rare for a surgeon.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Dr. Z is fantastic, caring & a great communicator. She is excellent!

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Very good.

SHC Patient, May 2019

Dr. Z is awesome. She made me feel comfortable and confident on her abilities to do surgery.

SHC Patient, May 2019

I'm very impressed with Dr. C. Zygourakis and feel that she was able to explain what was going on with my back X-rays and what the possible treatments would be.

SHC Patient, May 2019

Doctor Z was great.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

I was so totally impressed with Dr. Zygurakis. Kind, friendly, a great patient interviewer, great explainer, great at showing my my MRI, and explaining the pros and cons of surgery and my options. Five Stars!

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

I feel very safe in the care of Dr. Zygourakis and trust her entirely. I am grateful to be under the care of such an excellent surgeon, a doctor who talks openly and intelligent with me in explaining my condition and its treatment and outcome. Dr. Zygourakis engages me in the process and she listens carefully to my concerns and takes them seriously. She understands fully the pain that I have and gives me to understand it within the context of my condition. What she has imparted to me has made what I am undergoing clearer, more tolerable, and sensible.She is also deeply kind. I count my good fortune in being her patient.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

good feelings about Dr Z knowledge and willingness to explain my MRI pic's