52223-Gupta, Kunal

Kunal Gupta, MBBCH, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

355 W. 16th St.
Goodman Hall, Suite 500

Indianapolis, IN 46202


Dr. Kunal Gupta is a functional neurosurgeon, specializing in the open and minimally invasive treatment of movement disorders and epilepsy. He graduated with distinction from the University of Cambridge, England, an internationally renowned and world-leading institution. He then completed a PhD in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, investigating the molecular mechanisms of acute brain injury and neuroprotection. Dr. Gupta trained in clinical neurosurgery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland Oregon, where he developed his passion for stereotactic and functional neurosurgery.

“Surgery for epilepsy and movement disorders has the ability to dramatically impact both the patient’s life as well as the lives of their loved ones, helping them lead fuller lives, less troubled by their disease," Gupta says. "This is what drives me to innovate and advance our care in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery.”

Dr. Gupta then completed a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at Emory University Hospital, focusing on deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders, stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) and minimally-invasive laser therapy (LITT) for epilepsy, facial pain and peripheral nerve disorders. Alongside his clinical work, he actively pursues his research interests, investigating new methods to treat epilepsy and advancing novel surgical techniques. Dr. Gupta’s research work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Epilepsia, PNAS, Journal of Neurosurgery, Neuroscience Letters and Cell Death and Differentiation.

Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
  • Education
    2020 FEL Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Emory University
    2019 RES Neurosurgery, Oregon Health and Science University
    2012 PhD University of Cambridge
    2008 MBBCH University of Cambridge
    2004 BA University of Cambridge
  • Research

    Dr. Kunal Gupta is investigating the molecular mechanisms responsible for the development of temporal lobe epilepsy. He and his group are working to identify new targets to treat and prevent the development of epilepsy in high-risk groups as well as surgical recurrence. He is also studying how the human brain processes information, and is investigating how new surgical methods can be used to treat medically refractory epilepsy.

    Read more about Dr. Gupta's research here: https://medicine.iu.edu/faculty-labs/gupta

  • Clinical Interests

    Deep brain stimulation, focused ultrasound, thalamotomy, pallidotomy, laser interstitial thermal therapy, responsive neurostimulation, vagal nerve stimulation, resection of epilepsy focus and stereoelectroencephalography 

  • Awards
    Org: Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF)
    Scope: National
    Org: Wellcome Trust
    Desc: Clinical Training Fellowship
    Scope: International
    Org: National Institutes of Health
    Desc: K12 Neurosurgeon Research Career Development Program
    Scope: National

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