Varun Shandal, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Varun Shandal, MD, joined the University of Pittsburgh Center of Clinical Neurophysiology in April 2021. Dr. Shandal specializes in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring of adult and pediatric neurosurgical, orthopedic, ENT, vascular and interventional neuroradiology procedures, microelectrode recording and subcortical mapping for deep brain stimulation (DBS) electrode implantation, as well as motor and language mapping during awake craniotomy procedures.

Dr. Shandal completed his neurology residency at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He completed his clinical neurophysiology fellowship at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, New York and intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring fellowship at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. Prior to residency, he completed his internship training in internal medicine at Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Shandal completed his medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India

Specialized Areas of Interest

Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring, Electromyography, Transcranial motor evoked potentials, Subcortical mapping with microelectrode recording.

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Clinical Neurophysiology

Hospital Privileges

Excela Health Hospital System
Indiana Regional Medical Center
Trinity Health System
UPMC Altoona
UPMC Bedford
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
UPMC Hamot
UPMC Horizon
UPMC McKeesport
UPMC Mercy
UPMC Northwest
UPMC Passavant
UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC St. Margaret
UPMC Shadyside
UPMC Shenango
UPMC Somerset
UPMC Susquehanna
UPMC Western Maryland

Professional Organization Membership

American Academy of Neurology

Education & Training

  • MBBS, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, 2008
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore, 2013
  • Residency, Neurology, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, 2016
  • Fellowship, Clinical Neurophysiology, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y., 2017
  • Fellowship, Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring, UPMC, Pittsburgh, 2021

Selected Publications

Shandal V, Lachman T. Epstein-Barr Virus with Underlying Advanced HIV Infection Causing Bilateral Peripheral Facial Palsy and Aseptic Meningitis. Infect Dis Clin Pract 2016;24:e54–e55. 

Shandal V, Luo JJ. Copper Deficiency Masquerading AIDP And CIDP: A Case Report. Neurological cases. 2016 Apr;3(1) (Online)

Shandal V, Luo JJ. Clinical manifestations of isolated elevated homosysteine-induced peripheral neuropathy in adults. J Clin Neuromuscul Dis. 2016 Mar;17(3):106-9.

Shandal V, Sundaram SK, Chugani DC, Kumar A, Behen ME, Chugani HT. Abnormal brain protein synthesis in language areas of children with pervasive developmental disorder: A L-[1-11C]-Leucine PET study. J Child Neurol. 2011 Nov;26(11):1347-1354.

Shandal V, Veenstra AL, Behen ME, Sundaram SK, Chugani HT. Long-term outcome in children with intractable epilepsy showing bilateral diffuse cortical glucose hypometabolism pattern on PET. J Child Neurol. 2012 Jan;27(1):39-45.

Melachuri SR, Melachuri MK, Mina A, Anetakis K, Crammond DJ, Balzer JR, Shandal V, Thirumala PD. Optimal "Low" Pedicle Screw Stimulation Threshold to Predict New Postoperative Lower-Extremity Neurologic Deficits During Lumbar Spinal Fusions. World Neurosurg. 2021 Apr 16:S1878-8750(21)00562-3. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2021.04.022. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33872842.