Xiaoran (Zel) Zhang, MD, MS, joined the University of Pittsburgh Neurological Surgery residency program in June of 2016 after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. Zhang obtained a combined BS/MS degree from the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at University of California, Los Angeles. His master’s thesis was titled “Role of Vitamin D in the Toll-induced Antimicrobial Responses.”
During medical school, Dr. Zhang was selected to participate in the Clinical Scientist Training Program and was awarded a master’s level certificate in clinical research. Additionally, he studied the mechanisms of immune escape in isocitrate dehydrogenase mutant gliomas. He was awarded The Theodore Kurze Senior Prize for excellence in Neurological Surgery and Clinical Neurosciences.
Dr. Zhang is a native of Henan, China.
Specialized Areas of Interest
Professional Organization Membership
Education & Training
- BS/MS, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, UCLA, 2012
- MD, University of Pittsburgh, 2016
Honors & Awards
- The Theodore Kurze Senior Prize for Excellence in Neurological Surgery and Clinical Neurosciences, 2016
- Walter L. Copeland Neurological Surgery Medical Student Research Fellow, 2015
- Clinical Scientist Training Program Grant, 2014