Seth Oliveria, MD, PhD

Areas of Focus: 
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Epilepsy Surgery
Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy
Brain & Spine Tumors
Spinal Fusion

About Me

I am attracted to the challenging problems that confront neurosurgeons because I recognize that I can have an extraordinary impact on the lives of the patients I treat. It is my goal to guide my patients through the entire surgical process. I hope to provide not only the highest level of neurosurgical care in the operating room, but also directly facilitate preoperative decision-making and post-operative recovery.

- Seth Oliveria, MD, PhD

After attending Linfield College in McMinnville, OR, Dr. Oliveria earned his MD and his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on neuronal calcium channels. He completed his neurosurgical training at the University of Florida including a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. Dr. Oliveria is a Functional Neurosurgeon who performs general cranial and spinal neurosurgery and is particularly interested in deep brain stimulation and the surgical treatment of epilepsy.

Learn more about Functional Neurosurgery.

Other Interests: 

Outside of work, Dr. Oliveria also enjoys backpacking, photography and snowboarding.

My Work

Hospitals Served: 
Providence Portland Medical Center
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Areas of Focus: 
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Epilepsy Surgery
Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy
Brain & Spine Tumors
Spinal Fusion

Education & Honors

Board Certification: 
Education & Training: 
  • Internship and Residency, University of Florida Department of Neurosurgery, Gainesville, FL, 2017
  • Enfolded Fellowship, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, University of Florida, Kelly D. Foote, Mentor, Gainesville, FL, 2014
  • MD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and Medical Scientist Training Program, Aurora, CO, 2010
  • PhD, Neuroscience, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, 2008
  • BS, Biology, Linfield College, McMinnville, OR, 2001
  • Director of Functional Neurosurgery, Providence Brain and Spine Institute
  • National Institutes of Health Predoctoral National Research Service Award
  • Medtronic Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship
  • University of Florida Resident Research Award and Award for Professionalism in Neurosurgery
  • Oliveria SF, Gomez LL, Dell’Acqua ML (2003) Imaging kinase-AKAP79-phosphatase scaffold complexes at the plasma membrane in living cells using FRET microscopy. J Cell Biol, 160 (1).
  • Oliveria SF, Dell’Acqua ML, Sather WA (2007) AKAP79/150 anchoring of calcineurin controls neuronal L-type Ca2+ channel activity and nuclear signaling. Neuron, 55 (2).
  • Oliveria SF, Thompson EM, Selden NR (2010) Lumbar Lipomyelomeningocele and Sacrococcygeal Teratoma in Siblings: Support for an Alternative Theory of Spinal Teratoma Formation. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, 5: 626-629.
  • Abd-El Barr M, Oliveria SF, Hoh B, Mocco JD (2011). Arteriovenous Malformations. Textbook of Neurointensive Care. 2nd Edition. Editors: Layon, Gabrielli, Friedman.
  • Oliveria SF, Dittmer PJ, Youn DH, Dell'Acqua ML, Sather WA. Localized calcineurin confers Ca2+-dependent inactivation on neuronal L-type Ca2+ channels. J Neurosci. 2012 Oct 31;32(44):15328-37.
  • Oliveria SF, Hooten KG, Roper SN (2011). Understanding Human Neurophysiology through Epilepsy Surgery. Epilepsy: A Century of Discovery. 1st Edition. Editor: Bautista.
  • Oliveria SF, Hooten KG, Foote KF (2014). Radiofrequency Lesioning: Introduction and Technical Aspects. Neuromodulation for Psychiatric Disease, 1st Edition. Editors: Hamani, Lozano.
  • Morishita T, Oliveria SF, Roper SN. Masters of Neurosurgery: Temporal Lobectomy
  • Hooten KG, Oliveria SF, Sadrameli SS, Gandhi S, Yachnis AT, Lewis SB. Bilateral internal auditory canal gangliogliomas mimicking neurofibromatosis Type II. Surg Neurol Int. 2016 Apr 13;7:39.
  • Oliveria SF, Rodriguez RL, Bowers D, Kantor D, Hilliard JD, Monari EH, Scott BM, Okun MS, Foote KD. Safety and efficacy of dual-lead thalamic deep brain stimulation for patients with treatment-refractory multiple sclerosis tremor: a single-centre, randomised, single-blind, pilot trial. Lancet Neurol. 2017 Jun 19. S1474-4422(17): 30166-7
Other Activities: 
  • Member, Society for Neuroscience
  • Member, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Member, American Academy of Neurological Surgeons


Dr. Seth Oliveria talks to KGW about laser ablation for epilepsy and brain tumors. Watch the video here or below. 

Dr. Seth Oliveria speaks with KPTV about treating epilepsy. Watch the video here or below.