Rima Sestokas Rindler, MD


​As the daughter of an internal medicine physician and a clinical neurophysiologist, Rima Sestokas Rindler, MD, grew up fascinated with neuroscience. She completed her neurosurgical residency training at Emory University, and then received CAST-accredited Fellowship training in neurosurgical skull base surgery from the Mayo Clinic. While there, she honed her expertise in caring for patients with benign and malignant tumors involving the base of the skull, as well as radiosurgery and the treatment of facial pain and facial spasms. As part of the multidisciplinary team at Sierra Neurosurgery Group, she brings her detail-oriented, compassionate, and collaborative approach to patients and families in the Northern Nevada community.

Fascinated by the complex interconnectivity between the brain and human behavior, Dr. Rindler initially set out to become a psychiatrist. When she discovered her passion for surgery and neuroanatomy, she realized her skill, patience, and attention to detail were better applied through the practice of neurosurgery. As a female trailblazer in a male-dominated field, she knows what it’s like to triumph over adversity. Along with her expertise, broad training, dedication, and perseverance, she credits the support of her family, many of whom are medical professionals. She particularly appreciates the importance of open discussion and tailored decisionmaking when treating patients with challenges as significant as those posed by a brain tumor.

Dr. Rindler holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, and earned her MD at Boston University. After completing her residency at Emory University, she was selected for a prestigious and coveted Neurosurgical Skull Base Oncology Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. She is currently board-eligible with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.  She has been featured in prestigious medical publications on topics including adult and pediatric head trauma, spine injury and disease, and skull base oncology.  When she’s not supporting her patients and colleagues at Sierra Neurosurgery Group, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, running and practicing yoga, and spending time with her family.  Dr. Rindler is “On-Call” with Renown Medical Center, Saint Mary’s Medical Center, and Northern Nevada Sierra Medical Center for neurosurgical emergencies.

Dr. Rindler Specialties

General neurosurgery including trauma, degenerative spine disease, spinal fractures, hydrocephalus, brain tumors, brain aneurysms, and more.

  • Neurosurgery
    • Skull base surgery
    • Brain tumors
    • Complex cranial diagnosis
    • Neurological imaging
    • Radiosurgery
  • Benign and malignant tumors at the base of the skull
    • Skull, dura, nerves, pituitary gland, brain, sinonasal passages, face, neck, orbits, ears
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Facial pain
  • Facial spasms
  • Microsurgical procedures

Dr. Rindler Advanced Practice Providers Team

Dr. Rindler is available for appointments at these office Locations:


Sierra Neurosurgery Group
5590 Kietzke Lane
Reno, NV 89511


5070 Ion Drive Suite 200
Sparks, NV 89436

Dr. Rindler Curriculum

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2021 – 2022

Neurosurgical Skull Base Oncology Fellowship, Mayo School of Graduate Medical

Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota

2014 – 2021

Emory University – Residency

2009 – 2014

Boston University – MD

2005 – 2009

Duke University – BS

Additional Education

2019 – 2020

Attendee, Stryker Advance ENT and Neuro Resident Course, Salt Lake City, Utah

Attendee, “A 360 Degree Perspective” Hand-On Workshop, Cranial Base Surgery Course, Atlanta, Georgia

Attendee, Pittsburgh Comprehensive Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Course, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2020 – 2021

Attendee, “A 360 Degree Perspective” Hand-On Workshop, Cranial Base Surgery Course, Atlanta, Georgia

2021 – 2022

Course Co-Director, Upper Midwest Summer Skull Base Course, Rochester,Minnesota

Attendee, Mayo Clinic 8th Annual Endoscopic Skull Base Course with Cadaver Dissection for Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery Residents. Rochester, Minnesota



Mayo Clinic Quality Fellow: Bronze Level Certification

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

Basic Life Support

Board Certified

Board-eligible with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.




Faculty Scholar Award Nominee, Dept. Psych. and Neuroscience – Duke University


Graduation with Distinction, Dept. Psych. and Neuroscience – Duke University

Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society – Duke University

Psi Xi Psychology Honor Society – Duke University


Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society – Boston University

Clinical Research Fellowship – Doris Duke Charitable Foundation


Christopher G. Gaposchkin Prize Fund – Boston University

Edward L. Spatz, MD Award for Excellence in Neurosurgery – Boston University


George T. Tindall, MD Resident Research Award – George T. Tindall


House Staff Organization Professionalism Excellence (HOPE) Award – House Staff Organization Professionalism Excellence (HOPE) Award

Hospital Affiliations

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center
Reno, Nevada

Renown Regional Medical Center
Reno, Nevada

Northern Nevada Medical Center
Sparks, Nevada

Medical Licensure



Professional Memberships and Societies

2009 – 2014

American Medical Association – Member

Massachusetts Medical Society – Member

2012 – Present

American Association of Neurological Surgeons – Member

2014 – Present

AANS/CNS Section of Women in Neurosurgery – Member

Congress of Neurological Surgeons – Member

2019 – Present

North American Skull Base Society – Candidate Member

Research Experience

2021 – 2022

Course Co-Director, Upper Midwest Summer Skull Base Course, Rochester, Minnesota

Publications - Book Chapters
  1. Duhaime AC, Rindler RS. Special Considerations in Infants and Children. In: Handbook of Clinical Neurology. 2015;127:219-42. 2015.
  2. Mahmooth Z, Malcolm JM, Rindler RS, Ahmad FU. Cranioplasty: does timing have any effect on the degree of neurological recovery or the complication rate? Evidence for Neurosurgery: Effective Procedures and Treatment. In: Eds. Bartels RHMA, Rovers MM, Westert GP: Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2019, pp 19-40. 2019.
  3. Rindler RS, Vasudevan K, Erwood AM, Pradilla G. Ed. Agarwal V. Integrated Management of Complex Intracranial Lesions: Open, Endoscopic, and Keyhole Techniques. 2019. In press. In: Transcranial approach for tumor resection and anterior circulation. 2019.
  4. Rindler RS, Chern JC. Chapter 19 Newer Subsets: Chiari 1.5 and Chiari 0 Malformations. In: The Chiari Malformations, 2nd edition. Eds. Tubbs RS, Oskouian RJ, Turgut M and Oakes WJ. In print. 2021.
  5. Rindler R, Pradilla G. Subcortical surgery for open and parafascicular channel-based approaches. In: Eds. Pradilla G. Springer. In press. 2021.
  6. Bray D, Rindler R, Oyesiku NM. Orbitozygomatic Approaches (for Cranioorbital Tumors). In: Ed. Agarwal V. Surgery of the Orbit in Neuro-oncology. Cambridge University Press. In press. 2022.

Competent, professional, caring, and an expert among experts.

– Patient review on ratemds.com, December 2019

Patient Reviews