Alex Mohit, MD, PhD

Alex Mohit, MD, PhD

Board Certified Neurosurgeon

Professional Experience

Neurosurgeon / Complex Spinal Surgeon

Neurosurgeon / Complex Spinal Surgeon
Harbor Spine & Joint Center Surgery Partners

Staff Neurosurgeon
Franciscan Neurosurgery Associates, St. Joseph Medical Center 
and St. Anthony’s Hospital

Medical Director, Neurosurgery
St. Joseph Medical Center

Education & Training

AO Complex Spine Surgery Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Spine Institute, Cleveland, OH

Skull base Surgery Fellowship
Harborview Medical Center (Infolded), Seattle, WA

Residency, Neurosurgery
University of Washington Hospitals, Seattle, WA

Elective, International Neurosurgery
Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, London, England

Internship, General Surgery
University of Washington Hospitals, Seattle, WA

Keck School of Medicine USC, Los Angeles, CA

PhD, Neurobiology
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

BS, Biochemistry
University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Professional Certifications

Diplomate of American Board of Neurological Surgery

  • 2000 Passed written examination
  • 2010 Passed oral examination

Neurosurgery Subspecialty Certification

  • 2006 Skull Base Surgery
  • 2007 Complex Spine Surgery

Active Medical Licensure

Washington State

Inactive Medical Licensure

Ohio State, voluntarily relinquished

Leadership Activities

Secretary, Pierce County Medical Society

Tacoma Trauma Trust

Founder, Tacoma Spine Interest Group

CHI Franciscan Peer Review Committee

CHI Franciscan Neuroscience Leadership Council Honors & Awards

AO traveling spine fellow, AOSpine North America

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Dean’s Scholar, Keck School of Medicine USC

Tio Family Medical Scholarship, Keck School of Medicine USC

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Ivler Medical Student Scholarship, Keck School of Medicine USC

APC Honor Society, Association of Pathology Chairs

Aubert Medical Student Scholarship, Keck School of Medicine USC

Dean’s Honor Roll, Keck School of Medicine USC

Invited Presentations & Lectures

Pathophysiology of Spinal Cord Injury Musculoskeletal Research and Education Symposium

March 2014
Expandable Interbody Cages in Correction of Deformity Globus Spine Scientific Symposium

August 2013
Cerebral Concussions in Youth Athletics Kitsap and Pierce county Coaches Symposium

April 2012
Clinical Outcomes and Fusion Rates in Non-Instrumented Lumbar Facet Fusions in Osteoporotic Patients, Franciscan/Multicare Spine Symposium

Professional & Scientific Societies

North American Spine Society

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

American Medical Association

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

USC Salerni Collegium

Society of Neuroscience

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Grants & Contracts

Title: C2/3 transfacet screw: A novel surgical anchor for the Atlas
Co-PI: Edward Benzel MD
Source: DePuy Spine

Title: Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Differentiation in Medulloblastoma
Co-PI: James Olson, MD PhD
Source: National Research Service Award (NRSA)

Title: Molecular genetics of Neuronal Degeneration in Alzheimer’s Disease
PI: Caleb Finch, PhD
Source: National Institute of Aging Training Grant

Research Projects

Research fellow, Molecular genetics of medulloblastoma,
with James Olson, MD PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Research Fellow, Molecular genetics of glaucoma,
with Rohit Varma, MD, California Inst. of Technology

Dissertation: Molecular characterization of a novel human brain-specific MAP kinase, with Carol Miller, MD, USC School of Medicine, Department of Pathology/Institute of Neuroscience

Research Assistant, Molecular analysis of a novel drosophila lens crystalline, with Carol Miller, MD, USC School of Medicine, Department of Pathology/Institute of Neuroscience


Refereed Articles

Khor S, Shonnard N, Chapman J, Mohit AA, Bellabarba C, Flum D. Functional and pain outcomes in patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery: a statewide approach to improving patient decision making. JAMA Surgery In Press (2018).

Mohit AA. Cellular events and pathophysiology of spinal cord injury. Spine 41 Suppl 7: S28 (2016).

Mohit AA and Orr RD. Percutaneous vertebral augmentation in pathologic fractures. Sem. Orthop Surg, (2008).

Mohit AA and Orr RD. Percutaneous vertebral augmentation in osteoporotic fractures. Curr Opin Orthop 18:221–225, (2007).

Mohit AA, Shurtleff D, Avellino A, Loeser J and Ellenbogen R. Increased Incidence of Chiari I malformation in Lipomyelomeningocele patients. J NS pediatrics. (2007).

Stevenson K, Avellino AM, Mohit AA, Lundin DA, Ellenbogen RG. Surgical approaches to pineal region tumors. Neurosurgery Operative Nuances. (2007).

Mohit AA, Sekhar LN, Natarajan SK, Britz GW, Ghodke B. High-flow bypass grafts in the management of complex intracranial aneurysms. Neurosurgery; 60(2 Suppl 1), (2007).

Mohit AA, Fisher DJ, Matthews DC, Hoffer E and Avellino AM. Inferior vena cava thrombosis causing acute cauda equina syndrome: A case report. J Neurosurg;104(1 Suppl):46-9 (2006).

Mohit AA, Mirza SH and Goodkin R. Charcot spine can trigger autonomic dysreflexia in spinal cord injury. Journal of Neurosurg Spine. Apr;2(4):476-80 (2005).

Mohit AA. Eskridge J, Ellenbogen R and Shaffrey C. Aneurysmal bone cyst of the Atlas: successful treatment through selective arterial embolization. Neurosurgery. Oct;55(4):982 (2004).

Mohit AA, Santiago P and Rostomily R. Intramedullary tuberculoma can mimic CNS lymphoma in an AIDS patient. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2004 Nov;75(11):1636-8 (2004).

Mohit AA, Samii A, Slimp J, Grady S, and Goodkin R. Mechanical failure of the electrode wire in deep brain stimulators. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2004 Mar;10(3):153-6.

Mohit AA, Grant G, Stevenson K, Girotto J, Gruss J, Manning S, Ellenbogen RG. A large planum sphenoidale meningioma with sinonasal extension in a child. Case report and review of the literature. Pediatr Neurosurg. 2003 Nov;39(5):270-4.

Mohit AA, Schuster JM, Mirza SK, Mann FA. "Plough" fracture: shear fracture of the anterior arch of the atlas. Am J Roentgenol. 2003 Sep;181(3):770.

Wang MY, Mimran, R, Mohit AA, Lavine SD and Giannotta S. Carotid Stenosis in a Multi-ethnic Population. J Stroke cerebrovasc Dis. 2000 Mar-Apr; 9(2):64-9.

Martin JH, Mohit AA, and Miller CA. Developmental expression in the mouse nervous system of p493F12 SAP kinase. Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 1996 Jan;35(1-2):47-57.

Mohit AA, Martin JH, and Miller CA. p493F12 kinase: A novel MAP kinase expressed in a subset of neurons in the human nervous system. Neuron. 1995 Jan;14(1):67-78.

Published Abstracts & Presentations

Mohit AA, Tzortidis F, Elahi F and Sekhar LN. Longterm outcomes after microsurgical resection of foramen magnum meningiomas, AANS abstracts 2006.

Mohit AA, Loeser J, Avellino A, Ellenbogen R and Shurtleff D. Increased Incidence of Chiari I malformation in Lipomyelomeningocele patients. Society for Research on Hydrocephalus Meeting Abstracts, Barcelona, Spain 2005.

Mohit AA, Zhou J, Wiseman D and Dailey AT. Efficacy of Delayed Magnesium Administration in spinal Cord injury in the Rat. North American Spine Society Abstracts, 2005.

Mohit AA, Samii A, Slimp J and Goodkin R. Mechanical failure of the electrode wire in deep brain stimulators. Movement Disorders Society meeting abstracts. 2002.

Mohit AA, Foltz G, Grant G, Walker L, Nelson P and Ellenbogen R. Epigenetic regulation of gene expression in human medulloblastoma cell lines. AANS-Pediatrics meeting abstracts. 2000.

Masri L, Lavine S, Mohit A, Wang M and Levy M. Factors Predicting survival in cranial gunshot wounds. AANS Meeting Abstracts. 1998.

Mohit AA, Kim OJ and Miller CA. p493F12 kinase phosphorylates microtubule-associated protein tau. American Assoc. of Neuropathology Abstracts. 1995.

Martin JH, Mohit AA, and Miller CA. A novel neuron-specific MAP kinase in adult and developing mouse. Society of Neuroscience Abstracts. 1994.

Mohit AA, Martin JH, and Miller CA. A novel neuron-specific MAP kinase: A possible pathogenic mediator in AD. American Assoc. of Neuropathology Abstracts. 1994.

Martin J, Nawrot M, Mohit A, Benzer S, and Miller CA. Novel nuclear protein expressed in adult Drosophila and human retina. Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Molecular Neurobiology of Drosophila. 1991.

Mohit A, and Miller CA. Novel intermediate filament identified in AD neuronal distribution. American Assoc. of Neuropathology Abstracts. 1991.

Mohit A, Howard J, and Miller CA. MAb 3F12 identifies abnormal vascular structures in Alzheimer's disease. J. Neuropath. Exp. Neurol.1990; 49: 272.

Mohit A, Rudnicka M, Atkinson R, Garner J, and Miller CA. Partial molecular characterization of a neuronal antigen in AD-vulnerable neurons. J. Neuropath. Exp. Neurol. 1989; 48: 341.

Book Chapters

Mohit AA. Management of Failed back Syndrome. Handbook of Neurosurgery. Editors Benzel and Samandouras. Oxford University Press, (2009).

Mohit AA. Syringomyelia. Handbook of Neurosurgery. Editors Benzel and Samandouras. Oxford University Press, (2009).

Mohit AA and Dailey AT. “Management of post-traumatic syringomyelia.” Neurosurgical Operative Atlas 2E: Spine and Peripheral Nerve, C.Wolfla and DK Resnick editors, Thieme (2006).

Mohit AA, Dailey AT. “Cervifix and Starlock: Instrumentation for posterior fixation of the cervical spine.” Spinal Instrumentation. Kim, DH editor. Thieme (2005).

Britz GW, Mohit AA, and Johnston F. “Craniofacial Resection for Anterior Skull Base Tumors.” Neurosurgery Operative Techniques. Schmidek and Sweet: Elsevier, (2005).