of Virginia Health System is a leader in Gamma Knife Surgery.
Since 1989, the UVa Gamma Knife Center has treated more than 10,000
patients from 54 other countries and every state in the U.S. Dr. Jason
Sheehan and Dr.
Neal Kassell offer exceptional experience in
radiosurgery. That experience, coupled with the latest Gamma
Knife technology, offers our patients the best chance of a successful
Consider the following facts about radiosurgery at the University of
- UVA is one of the first centers in the world to treat patients with
the Gamma Knife Perfexion, the
first total redesign of the technology in 30 years. Gamma Knife has
always been the gold standard for intracranial radiosurgery, and
Perfexion improves accuracy and precision even more.
- Our Ladislau Steiner, now retired, helped develop the first Gamma
Knife 30 years ago, made UVA one of the first five Gamma installations
in the world, and pioneered applications for many different
indications, including acoustic neuromas and AVMs, making our center’s
experience among the greatest in the world.
- UVa is a leader in Gamma Knife Surgery. Our original Gamma
unit was the fifth in the world and only the second in the United
States. There are now more than 200 Gamma Knife units around the
- The UVa team also includes Dr.
Neal Kassell, an expert in neurovascular surgery and innovator in
the Gamma Knife treatment of arteriovenous malformations.
Jason Sheehan, Director of the Gamma Knife Center, is
fellowship-trained in stereotactic radiosurgery and has worked with Dr.
Steiner and Drs. L. Dade Lunsford, Douglas Kondziolka and John
Flickinger at the University of Pittsburgh.
- Together, Drs. Steiner, Kassell and Sheehan have taught numerous
neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists in the technique of
radiosurgery. Many of these students have gone on to start
radiosurgical centers in other parts of the world.
- UVa specialists in neurosurgery, neuroradiology, endocrinology,
neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-otology, radiation oncology and medical
physics work as an integrated team to provide comprehensive care to our
patients. Pioneering work in Gamma surgery has been performed here for
arteriovenous malformations, pituitary adenomas, brain metastases and
Patients have come from all over the world to be treated by our
world-class physicians in our world-class facilities: