Dr. Line Jacques MD

Professor of Neurosurgery, University of California, San Francisco

Line Jacques, MD is the Director of peripheral nerve and pain surgery program at UCSF. Her clinical specialty interests are in the treatment of entrapment syndromes, peripheral nerve tumors, and reconstructive procedures of the peripheral nerves and brachial/lumbosacral plexus.

She also has over 2-decades of experience in the treatment of chronic refractory peripheral neuropathic pain. Early in Dr. Jacques neurosurgery training, she had performed neuromodulation research with Dr. Martinez at Notre Dame Hospital, where they investigated the efficacy of using SCS in the treatment of refractor angina. Dr. Martinez was considered to be one of the early pioneers in spinal cord stimulation and implantable drug delivery systems in Canada. Dr. Jacques work includes the use of spinal cord stimulation in patients with failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, peripheral vascular disease; occipital nerve stimulation for the treatment of migraines; and implantable drug delivery systems for the treatment of nociceptive pain and movement disorders. She has been involved in several international studies looking at the effectiveness of SCS in FBSS patients vs. CMM with Dr. Kumar, as well as the use of programming algorithms for optimizing back pain coverage using multi-column surgically implanted leads with Dr. Rigouard from France.

Dr. Jacques was recruited by the INESSS (Provincial body responsible for the efficacious use of health care spending in the Province of Quebec) in 2012 to review the current evidence for spinal cord stimulation and implantable drug delivery systems; so that new guidelines for patient access could be developed for the province of Quebec (published June 2013).

Dr. Jacques is presently in charge of the spasticity program, as well as the pain program for augmentative and ablative techniques. She routinely collaborates with the functional neurosurgery, neurology and anesthesia teams.

Education, Training and Positions Held

  • 1985: BSc, University Laval
  • 1989: MSc, University of Montreal
  • 1990: MD, University of Montreal
  • 1990-1996: Neurosurgery Residency, University of Montreal
  • 1996-1997: Clinical Fellowship Peripheral Nerve Surgery, University of Louisiana
  • 1997-2006: Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, McGill University
  • 2003-2012: Chair - Neurosurgery Program, Montreal Neurological Hospital, McGill University
  • 2003-2014: Director of Peripheral Nerve and Pain Program, Montreal Neurological Hospital
  • 2006-2014: Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, McGill University
  • 2014-present: Clinical Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF


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