Arka N. Mallela, MD

  • PGY-3 Resident

Arka N. Mallela, MD, joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery residency program in July 2018 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, earning MD and MS degrees in translational research. He received his undergraduate degrees from the Vagelos Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania, completing a BA in biophysics, biochemistry, and philosophy and an MS in biological chemistry. 

During medical school, Dr. Mallela studied the use of neuroimaging to characterize microstructural changes after mild traumatic brain injury. Through this work, he cultivated a strong interest in the intersection of network theory, neuroimaging, and data analysis. He is currently interested in utilizing these tools to study a variety of neurological diseases, including epilepsy and brain tumors. For his work, Dr. Mallela has received the 2017 American Brain Tumor Association Young Investigator Award and was named a finalist in the 2017 National Neurotrauma Symposium Trainee Competition.

He is currently studying fetal brain folding and pediatric epilepsy. In his free time, Dr. Mallela enjoys hiking, movie making, and spending time with his family, fiancé, and friends.

In his free time, Dr. Mallela enjoys hiking, movie making, and spending time with his family, fiancé, and friends. 

Dr. Mallela’s publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine’s publication database.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Epilepsy surgery; pediatric neurosurgery; neurotrauma; skull base surgery; neurocritical care; general neurosurgery.

Professional Organization Membership

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Association for Clinical and Translational Sciences
Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Education & Training

  • BS, Biophysics, Biochemistry, Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • MS, Biological Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • MS, Translational Research, University fo Pennsylvania, 2018
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 2018

Honors & Awards

  • Trainee Poster Competition Finalist, National Neurotrauma Symposium, 2017

Selected Publications

Mallela AN, Abdullah KG, Brandon C, Richardson AG, Lucas TH. Topical vancomycin reduces surgical-site infections after craniotomy: a prospective, controlled study. Neurosurgery [in press], 2017.

Weinstein J, Mallela AN, Chandler J, Kofke WA, Kumar M, Levine J, Sandsmark D, Balu R. Excellent neurologic recovery after prolonged coma in a cardiac arrest patient with multiple poor prognostic indicators. Resuscitation 113: e11, 2017.

Ramayya AG, Abdullah KG, Mallela AN, Thawani J, Petrov D, Pierce J, Baltuch GH. Thirty-day readmission rates following deep brain stimulation surgery. Neurosurgery 81(2):259-267, 2017.

Lou W, Peck KK, Petrovich-Brennan NM, Mallela A, Holodny AI. Left-Lateralization of Resting State Functional Connectivity Between the pre-SMA and Primary Language Areas. NeuroReport 28(10):545-550, 2017. 

Mallela AN, Peck KK, Petrovich-Brennan NM, Zhang Z, Lou W, Holodny AI. Altered resting state functional connectivity in the hand motor network of glioma patients. Brain Connectivity 6(8):587-595, 2017.