Elsa Arocho-Quiñones, MD

Neurosurgery Resident, Class of 2019

Elsa Arocho-Quiñones, MD

Elsa was born and raised in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. She attended the University of Puerto Rico and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Chemistry. She spent the following six years working in pre-clinical research focused on the detection of cell-surface biomarkers in various cell-based and mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. She enrolled in medical school in 2008 and obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2012. She then began her residency in Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She has been involved in a number of clinical research projects focused on functional neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery which have been presented at national meetings. She is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Neuromodulation Society, the American Epilepsy Society, and Women in Neurosurgery. Her interests in neurosurgery include: pediatric neurosurgery, functional neurosurgery, neurosurgical oncology, skull base surgery, and epilepsy surgery. In her free time, Elsa enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dogs, volunteering at Cold Noses Foundation, and traveling to Puerto Rico.


  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1998-2002)
  • Master’s Level Curriculum in Biological Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (2002-2005)
  • Medical Curriculum, San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, Caguas, Puerto Rico (2008-2011)
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX (2011-2012)

Improvement of Hypothalamic Hamartoma-related Psychiatric Disorder After Stereotactic Laser Ablation: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Arocho-Quinones, EV, Koop, J, Lew, SM. World Neurosurg. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.11.166. PubMed PMID:30481631 .

Spheno-Orbital Aneurysmal Bone Cyst in a 10-Month-Old Infant. Arocho-Quinones, EV, Self, S, Suchi, M, Zwagerman, NT, Lew, SM. World Neurosurg. 2018;117 :371-376. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.06.193. PubMed PMID:30157596 .

Stereotactic laser ablation of amygdala and hippocampus using a Leksell stereotactic frame. Awad, AJ, Nguyen, HS, Arocho-Quinones, E, Doan, N, Mueller, W, Lew, SM. Neurosurg Focus. 2018;44 (VideoSuppl2):V1. doi: 10.3171/2018.4.FocusVid.17712. PubMed PMID:29570385 .

Split laminotomy versus conventional laminotomy: postoperative outcomes in pediatric patients. Arocho-Quinones, EV, Kolimas, A, LaViolette, PS, Kaufman, BA, Foy, AB, Zwienenberg, M, Lew, SM. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2018;21 (6):615-625. doi: 10.3171/2017.12.PEDS17368. PubMed PMID:29570034 .

Imaging Evaluation of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: Current State of the Art and Future Directions. Martin, AR, Tadokoro, N, Tetreault, L, Arocho-Quinones, EV, Budde, MD, Kurpad, SN, Fehlings, MG. Neurosurg. Clin. N. Am. 2018;29 (1):33-45. doi: 10.1016/j.nec.2017.09.003. PubMed PMID:29173434 .

Effects of deep brain stimulation on vocal fold immobility in Parkinson's disease. Arocho-Quinones, EV, Hammer, MJ, Bock, JM, Pahapill, PA. Surg Neurol Int. 2017;8 :22. doi: 10.4103/2152-7806.200580. PubMed PMID:28303202 PubMed Central PMC5339919.

Non-Infectious Peri-Electrode Edema and Contrast Enhancement Following Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. Arocho-Quinones, EV, Pahapill, PA. Neuromodulation. 2016;19 (8):872-876. doi: 10.1111/ner.12432. PubMed PMID:27098925 .

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Split Laminotomy vs Conventional Laminotomy: Postoperative Outcomes in Pediatric Patients

Presented: December, 2015 at the 44th Annual Meeting of the AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery; Seattle, WA

Presented: December, 2015 at the 19th NANS Annual Meeting

Presented: December, 2014 at the 18th Annual Meeting of the North American Neuromodulation Society