R. Justin Garling MD

R. Justin Garling MD

Neurosurgery, Year 6


R. Justin Garling MD

Narrative Bio


Originally from Desoto, TX, Dr. Garling attended college at Duke University in Durham, NC where he double majored in Chemistry and History. He graduated with Distinction in Chemistry in 2009 after defending his senior thesis entitled “Differences in Lipid Distribution Between Parkinson’s vs Non-Parkinson’s Diseased Neuromelanin from the Substantia Nigra, Cerebellum, and Putamen Brain Regions.”


Dr. Garling attended The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) School of Medicine where he was awarded The Roman Hlatky, M.D. Excellence in Neuroscientific Research Award by the UTHSCSA Department of Neurosurgery for exceptional work performed in basic neuroscience research. Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Garling was awarded M.D. with Distinction in Research for his work on traumatic brain injury under the guidance of Drs. Lora T. Watts and Murat Digicaylioglu. He studied the neuroprotective effects of progesterone and purinergic receptor stimulation on traumatic brain injury in a closed skull TBI mouse model.



Clinical: Skull base, endoscopic skull base

Research: Traumatic Brain Injury


Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

St. Josephs Hospital
Phoenix, Arizona


MD, with Distinction in Research
The University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio School of Medicine
San Antonio, Texas


BA, Chemistry with Distinction
BA, History
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

Awards & Honors

Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons Resident Abstract Award Third Place, June 2017

M.D. with Distinction in Research, May 2013

Community Service Learning Top Project, April 2011

The Roman Hlatky, M.D. Excellence in Neuroscientific Research Award, Fall 2010

CA Whittier Scholarship, Fall 2010

Graduation with Distinction in Chemistry, May 2009


Peterson K, Garling RJ, Asano A, Kupsky W, Set K, Agarwal R, Sood S. Successful Surgical Treatment of Refractory Status Epilepticus in a 12-Day-Old Infant: Technical Note. Childs Nerv Syst. (Submitted January 2018)

Garling RJ, Jin X, Yang J, Khasawneh AH, Harris CA. Low-cost endoscopic third ventriculostomy simulator with mimetic endoscope. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2018 May 11:1-10. PMID: 29749882

Khasawneh AH, Garling RJ, Harris CA. Cerebrospinal fluid circulation: What do we know and how do we know it? Brain Circ. 2018; 4:14-8.

Rajah G, Garling RJ, Rangel-Castilla L. Large traumatic skull base internal carotid artery pseudoaneurysm managed with endovascular flow diversion. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). (Accepted 20 April 2018)

Garling RJ, Watts LT, Sprague S, Digicaylioglu M. Progesterone modulates mTOR in the hippocampus of mice after traumatic brain injury. Neural Regen Res. 2018 Mar;13(3):434-439. PMID: 29623927

Garling RJ, Rajah G, Rangel-Castilla L, Guthikonda M. Right Retrosigmoid Presigmoid Transpetrosal Approach for Resection of Pontine Cavernoma. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2017. PMID: 29211864

Rajah G, Garling RJ, Rangel-Castilla L. Combined Endovascular and Microsurgical Management of an Unruptured Grade 2 Parietal Arteriovenous Malformation. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2017. PMID: 29300931

Garling RJ, Sood S, Harris CA. Avoiding the pocket: A case report of coiling of distal shunt catheter into subcutaneous pocket. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2017;41:61-4. PMID: 29035775

Anand R, Garling RJ, Poulik J, et al. Sporadic Meningioangiomatosis: A Series of Three Pediatric Cases. Cureus 9(9): e1640. 2017. PMID: 29119071

Rajah G, Garling RJ, Guthikonda M, Rangel-Castilla L. Microsurgical Clip Reconstruction of a 1 cm Complex Anterior Communicating Artery Aneurysm via an Orbitozygomatic Approach: 2-Dimensional Operative Video. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2017. PMID: 29029197

Garling RJ, Rajah G, Narayanan S, Rangel-Castilla L, Haridas A. Pial Resection Technique of a Cervical Spinal Arteriovenous Malformation in a Pediatric Patient. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2017. PMID: 28973633

Garling RJ, Singh R, Harris C, Haridas A. Intradural lumbosacral malignant extrarenal rhabdoid tumor: a case report. Childs Nerv Syst. 2017. PMID: 28815340

Liu T-L, Zahedi S, Garling RJ, Kralickk F, Harris CA, Cheng MM-C, editors. Prosthetic arachnoid granulations using 3D printing technology. Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), 2017 IEEE 30th International Conference on; 2017: IEEE.

Talley Watts L, Zheng W, Garling RJ, Frohlich VC, Lechleiter JD. Rose Bengal Photothrombosis by Confocal Optical Imaging In Vivo: A Model of Single Vessel Stroke. J Vis Exp. 2015(100):e52794. PMID: 26131664

Garling RJ, Watts LT, Sprague S, Fletcher L, Jimenez DF, Digicaylioglu M. Does progesterone show neuroprotective effects on traumatic brain injury through increasing phosphorylation of Akt in the hippocampus? Neural Regen Res. 2014;9(21):1891-6. PMID: 25558238

Watts LT, Lloyd R, Garling RJ, Duong T. Stroke neuroprotection: targeting mitochondria. Brain Sci. 2013;3(2):540-60. PMID: 24961414

Talley Watts L, Sprague S, Zheng W, Garling RJ, Jimenez D, Digicaylioglu M, et al. Purinergic 2Y1 receptor stimulation decreases cerebral edema and reactive gliosis in a traumatic brain injury model. J Neurotrauma. 2013;30(1):55-66. PMID: 23046422