Kofi Kessey, MD, PhD, FAANS

Dr. Kessey is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of brain tumors both benign and malignant, metastatic disease, and degenerative spine conditions, particularly in the cervical and lumbar spine. He partners with his patients to find ideal treatment plans, offering choices that embrace the newest technology and medically proven treatments. He performs open and minimally invasive surgery as well as radiosurgery.



Bachelor of Arts - Wittenberg University

PhD in Neuroscience/Biomedical Engineering - Northwestern University

Doctor of Medicine - University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

General Surgery Residency - Emory University

Neurosurgery Residency - Emory University

Neurosurgery Residency - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center


Professional Experience

Ventura County Medical Center/UCLA Affiliate Hospital - 2010-2012

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center - 2012-2017

Adventist Hospital of Simi Valley - 2013-current


Professional Memberships

American Board of Neurological Surgery



Patients' Choice Award (Awarded to 5% of active physicians nationally)

On-Time Doctor Award

Compassionate Doctor Recognition

Howard Hughes Fellowship in Neuroscience. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



  1. Kessey K and Mogul K (1996): Adenosine A2b receptors modulate hippocampal synaptic transmission via cAMP dependent pathway. Neuroscience Abstracts
  2. Mogul DJ and Kessey K (1996): Adenosine A2 receptors upregulate the postsynaptic AMPA component in hippocampal LTP. Neuroscience Abstracts
  3. Kessey K and Mogul DJ (1998): The effects of Adenosine A2 receptors on synaptic transmission is mediated by cAMP, Ca2+ and PKA. Neuroscience Abstracts.
  4. Sabo S, Lambert MP, Kessey K, Wade W, Kaffit G, Klein WL (1995): Interaction of beta amyloid peptides with integrins in a human nerve cell line. Neuroscience Letters 184(1): 25-28.
  5. Kessey K, Trommer BL, Overstreet LS, Ji T, Mogul DJ (1995): A role for Adenosine A1 receptors in the induction of long-term potentiation in the CA1 region in the rat hippocampus. Brain Research 756(1-2):184-90.
  6. Kessey K, Mogul DJ (1997): Adenosine A1 receptors induce an NMDA independent long term potentiation via a postsynaptic mechanism in the CA1 region of the rat hippocampus. J of Neurophysiology 78(4):1965-72.
  7. Kessey K, Mogul DJ (1998): Adenosine A2 receptors modulate synaptic transmission via a cAMP dependent pathway. Neuroscience 84(1):59-69
  8. Zhaohui Zeng, Xiangpeng Yuan, Gentao Liu, Xianhao Zeng, Xiaorong Zeng, Hiushan Ng, Haiming Chen, Tingxin Jiang, Yasuharu Akasaki, Kofi Kessey, Keith L. Black, John S. Yu (2007): Manipulation of proliferation and differentiation of human bone marrow-derived neural stem cells in vitro and in vivo. Journal of Neuroscience Research 85 (2)310-320