I am a neurosurgeon, inventor, and entrepreneur. After completing Medical School at UC San Diego in 2015, I went to the Mayo Clinic for Neurosurgical residency training. I completed the Stanford Biodesign Fellowship in 2020. I am a serial entrepreneur with experience raising early stage capital.

Professional Education

  • Master of Public Policy, Harvard University (2009)
  • Bachelor of Science, US Air Force Academy (2009)
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of California San Diego (2015)
  • Resident Surgeon, Mayo Clinic, Neurosurgery (2022)
  • Biodesign and Innovation Fellow, Stanford University, Biodesign and Innovation (2020)
  • MD, UC San Diego School of Medicine (2015)
  • MPP, Harvard University, Public Policy/Health Policy (2011)
  • BS, US Air Force Academy, Chemistry (2009)

Stanford Advisors


  • Brandon McCutcheon. "United States Patent US20180071106A1 Facet joint replacement devices", Mayo Clinic, Sep 13, 2016

All Publications

  • Complications, Readmissions, and Revisions for Spine Procedures Performed by Orthopedic Surgeons Versus Neurosurgeons: A Retrospective, Longitudinal Study. Clinical spine surgery Mabud, T., Norden, J., Veeravagu, A., Swinney, C., Cole, T., McCutcheon, B. A., Ratliff, J. 2016: -?


    Retrospective database analysis.To examine the impact of training pathway, either neurosurgical or orthopedic, on complications, readmissions, and revisions in spine surgery.Training pathway has been shown to have an impact on outcomes in various surgical subspecialties. Although training pathway has not been shown to have a significant impact on spine surgery outcomes in the perioperative period, long-term results are unknown.A retrospective analysis of 197,682 patients receiving 1 of 3 common spine surgeries [lumbar laminectomy, lumbar fusion, and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)] between 2006 and 2010 was conducted. Patient data were obtained from a large claims database. Postoperative adverse effects, all-cause readmission, revision surgery rates, and intermediary payments in these cohorts of patients were compared between spine surgeons with either neurosurgical or orthopedic backgrounds.Patient demographics, hospital-stay characteristics, and medical comorbidities were similar between neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons. The risks of surgical complications, all-cause readmission, and revision surgery were also similar between neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons across all procedure types assessed, with several minor exceptions: neurosurgeons had marginally higher odds of any complication for lumbar fusions [odds ratio (OR) 1.14; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.09-1.20] and ACDFs (OR, 1.09; 95% CI, 1.04-1.15). Neurosurgeons also had slightly higher rates of revision surgery for concurrent lumbar laminectomy with fusion (OR, 1.14; 95% CI, 1.08-1.22), and ACDFs (OR, 1.20; 95% CI, 1.14-1.28). No associations between surgeon type and any particular complication were consistently observed for all procedure groups. There were also no associations between surgeon type and 30-day all-cause readmission. Median total intermediary payments were somewhat higher for neurosurgery patients for all procedure groups assessed.Few significant associations between surgeon type and patient outcomes exist in the context of spine surgery. Those which do are small and unlikely to be clinically meaningful.Level 3.

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