Brian Jankowitz, MD

Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Endovascular Therapy
Director, Neuroendovascular Fellowship Program

Brian Jankowitz




Brian Jankowitz, MD, joined the Department of Neurological Surgery faculty as an assistant professor on July 1, 2010 after completing the department’s seven-year residency program and cerebrovascular fellowship. This unique skill set allows unbiased treatment options ranging from carotid stenting versus carotid endarterectomy, aneurysm coiling versus clipping, and AVM embolization versus resection.

Dr. Jankowitz has a keen interest in treating ischemic cerebrovascular disease including carotid or vertebral artery revascularization and acute stroke interventions. He believes a combination of open and endovascular means, working synergistically, holds the key to improving outcomes. He works closely with Tudor Jovin, MD, director of the UPMC Stroke Institute, to evaluate and treat hemorrhagic and ischemic disease in a multidisciplinary cerebrovascular practice.

Originally from Montgomery County, Maryland, Dr. Jankowitz received his medical training at Temple University in Philadelphia and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Vascular neurosurgery.

Hospital Privileges

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
UPMC Mercy
UPMC Passavant
UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC St. Margaret
UPMC Shadyside

Professional Organization Membership

Allegheny County Medical Society
American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Cerebrovascular Section
American Heart Association: Stroke Council
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Pennsylvania State Neurosurgical Society

Education & Training

BS, Biology, Notre Dame, 1999
MD, Temple, 2003
Fellowship, Vascular, University of Pittsburgh, 2009
Residency, University of Pittsburgh, 2010

Honors & Awards

Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2017-18

Selected Publications

McDowell MM, Zhu X, Johnson S, Deibert C, Jankowitz B, Pollack IF. Shotgun pellet embolization to the posterior cerebral artery. Childs Nerv Syst [Epub ahead of print], 2016.

Parry PV, Morales A, Jankowitz BT. Solitaire salvage: a stent retriever-assisted catheter reduction technical report. J Neurointerv Surg [Epub ahead of print], 2014.

Parry PV, Morales A, Jankowitz BT. Solitaire salvage: a stent retriever-assisted catheter reduction technical report. BMJ Case Rep [Epub ahead of print], 2014.

Gardner PA, Vaz-Guimaraes F, Jankowitz B, Koutourousiou M, Fernandez-Miranda JC, Wang EW, Snyderman CH. Endoscopic Endonasal Clipping of Intracranial Aneurysms: Surgical Technique and Results. World Neurosurg 84(5):1380-93, 2015.

Aghaebrahim A, Giurgiutiu DV, Jankowitz BT, Jovin T, Jadhav AP. Ischemic stroke after pellet embolization. Neurology 84(23):2383, 2015.

Grandhi R, Zhang X, Panczykowski D, Choi P, Hunnicutt CT, Jadhav AP, Ducruet AF, Jovin T, Jankowitz B. Incidence of delayed angiographic femoral artery complications using the EXOSEAL vascular closure device. Interv Neuroradiol 21(3):401-6, 2015.

Grandhi R, Zwagerman NT, Zhang X, Chen SH, Jadhav AP, Jovin T, Jankowitz BT. Initial experience with the AXERA 2 Femoral Access System in neurovascular procedures. Interv Neuroradiol 21(3):412-7, 2015.

Kooshkabadi A, Jankowitz B, Choi PA, Weiner GM, Greene S. Thrombosis and spontaneous recanalization of a giant intracranial aneurysm: diagnostic and management pearls in a pediatric patient. J Neurosurg Pediatr 15(1):78-81, 2015.

Aghaebrahim A, Leiva-Salinas C, Jadhav AP, Jankowitz B, Zaidi S, Jumaa M, Urra X, Amorim E, Zhu G, Giurgiutiu DV, Horev A, Reddy V, Hammer M, Wechsler L, Wintermark M, Jovin T. Outcomes after endovascular treatment for anterior circulation stroke presenting as wake-up strokes are not different than those with witnessed onset beyond 8 hours. J Neurointerv Surg 7(12):875-80, 2015.

Aghaebrahim A, Jadhav AP, Saeed Y, Totoraitis R, Jankowitz BT, Jovin TG, Molyneaux BJ. Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome following carotid stenting. Neurology 83(6):570-1, 2014.

A complete list of Dr. Jankowitz's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Research Activities

Dr. Jankowitz served as the national co-principal investigator for the ATLAS which represents the largest U.S. trial to date evaluating the use of adjunctive stents in aneurysm coiling. Having led UPMC as the number one enroller in the top enrolling site, he recently presented the results of the first 180 patients which represent some of the highest complete occlusion results seen in endovascular therapy for intracranial aneurysms ever reported.

Dr. Jankowitz also currently serves as the site principal investigator for the ENRICH trial, evaluating the use of novel surgical methods to remove intracranial hemorrhages. UPMC is currently the #2 enroller nationally within this trial.

Finally, Dr. Jankowitz received grant support to fund the first U.S. trial evaluating robotic assisted intracranial hemorrhage evacuation.

Media Appearances