Prof. Dr. Michel Zerah






Michel Zerah was born on May 22, 1956 in Paris, France. He finished his medical study in 1985 at Faculté de médecine  de CRETEIL (Paris, France) and graduated in Neurosurgery  in April, 1988.

Quickly took over as head of Clinic-Assistant of Paris Hospitals, “Service de Neurochirurgie de l’hôpital de Bicêtre” (1989) and as university professor (1998) at “Service de Neurochirurgie pédiatrique” of hospital group “Necker-Enfants Malades”.

 Prof. Zerah was a great teacher and mentor to countless neurosurgeons, around the world and here in Brazil.

He participated in several courses and congresses, highlighting his unconditional dedication to teaching. With his knowledge, his humility and incredible charisma he made countless friends and students wherever he went. His lectures have always been unique experiences, approaching each subject in a masterly way, with emphasis on craniocervical transition diseases and spinal dysraphimos.

He has authored more than 261 scientific articles and several books and book chapters, with emphasis on lumbar lipomas surgery, Chiari, deposit diseases, among others. His last project was the development of fetal surgery at Necker Hospital.

 Michel Zerah had an incredible ability to bring people together and, thus, he walked a path of respect, affection and friendship wherever he went.

He was head of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Service at Hospital Necker, Paris, France where he devoted a large part of his life, teaching and operating numerous children.

An immense and irreparable loss for everyone who knew him and who had the privilege of working and living with him.

Short Biography:

  • Head of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Service – Hospital Necker, Paris, France
  • President of the European Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ESPN)
  • President of the French Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Member of the French National Academy of Surgery
  • PhD in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
  • Coordinator of the European Course on Pediatric Neurosurgery between 2002 and 2014.
  • Collaboration with the Society of Neurosurgery of Vietnam where he practiced solidarity work and trained numerous professionals.
  • 324 communications or conferences in National or International Meetings
  • 32 Chapters in Books
  • 123 articles in Scientific Journal


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de Oliveira RS, Ballestero MFM. Prof. Dr. Michel Zerah. Arch Pediatr Neurosurg [Internet]. 2021 Sep. 28 [cited 2024 May 24];3(3(September-December):e1132021. Available from:



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