Dr. Hitselberger is a neurosurgeon specializing in head and neck surgery as related to diseases of the ear, facial nerve, dizziness and acoustic neuromas. An expert in his field, Dr. Hitselberger works primarily with physicians of the House Clinic and House Ear and Neurosurgery Center at St. Vincent Medical Center. He is a member of the majority of societies in his specialty, including the American Medical Association, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Los Angeles County Medical Association and the California State Medical Association.
In addition to his work as a neurosurgeon, Dr. Hitselberger has conducted extensive research in acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) removal and Neurofibromatosis Type II (NF2) with William F. House, M.D., at the House Ear Institute. He has published numerous papers on these and other topics for such journals as the Archives of Otolaryngology, The American Surgeon, EENT Monthly and Journal of Neurosurgery.
Born in Washington, D.C., Dr. Hitselberger attended the University of Wisconsin and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1956. After serving as a Special Forces Captain from 1957 to 1959, Dr. Hitselberger completed an internship in straight surgery at the University of Minnesota and residencies at the Mayo Clinic and Henry Ford Hospital in Neuropathy and Neurosurgery. He was Board Certified in Neurosurgery in 1966, and joined the House Clinic shortly thereafter.