Greg Helm MD

Greg Helm MD


Gregory A. Helm, M.D.,Ph.D.

Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery and
Biomedical Engineering
M.D. Degree:

University of Virginia, 1988


Neurosurgery, University of Virginia


Neurosurgery, 2003

Clinical Interests:

General, Acoustic neuromas, Spine

Annual # of Surgeries:

350, with 150 involving cervical and lumbar stenosis, 75 disc displacement and disease, 20 peripheral nerve, 10 accoustic neuroma


Brain Injury
Recent Publications from US National Library of Medicine and PubMed

Clinical Team: Kimberly Skinner, PA-C, Natalie Krovetz, RN, Erin Foster, RN
Phone: (434) 924-1642, (800) 362-2203
Fax: (434) 924-2994

Administrative Assistant Mona Banton at

More: Dr. Helm was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from Virginia Tech.

He has a large clinical practice in general neurosurgery, in addition to performing the acoustic neuroma surgeries within the department. In addition, he is director of the molecular neurosurgery and neurotrauma laboratories.

The molecular neurosurgery lab focuses on tissue engineering, especially for the induction of bone in the paraspinal regions to obtain spinal fusions. These studies involve gene therapy approaches using a variety of vectors, including AAV and adenovirus. In addition, the application of mesenchymal stem cells for the induction of bony and ligamentous tissues are also of interest to the lab.

The neurotrauma laboratory focuses on apoptotic pathways involved in traumatic axonal injury, as well as neuronal injury. Recently, the lab has been involved with several projects involving blast-induced traumatic brain injury, which is funded through the Department of Defense.

He has been awarded $2.7 million in research funding from NIH and other sources. He has written over 100 publications and is the holder of 3 patents.