UVA Department of Neurosurgery
Virginia's foremost research and treatment center for disorders affecting the nervous system.
Excellence and Expertise
The University of Virginia Health System's Department of
Neurosurgery combines innovative technology, world-renowned physicians
and a team-based approach to diagnosis and treatment of disorders
affecting the nervous system. The department consists of many
subspecialty Centers of Excellence, covering the full range of
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Referrals and Collaboration
Our doctor teams will review every case presented to us. Our experienced and dedicated nursing and administrative staff is always available to provide around-the-clock care, support and information for patients, families and referring clinicians. We welcome referrals from all geographic areas - one phone call is all it takes.
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Dr. Dennis Vollmer joins our practice
Distinguished neurosurgeon Dr. Dennis Vollmer has joined our faculty to help us meet growing demands in spine care. Dr. Vollmer has been a leader in neurosurgery for many years, as head of two academic neurosurgery programs in the University of Texas System, editorial board member of the Journal of Neurosurgery, and section editor for several textbooks on spinal surgery, among many accomplishments. Dr. Vollmer also has substantial expertise in cerebrovascular conditions and will support our cerebrovascular team as well.
New England Journal of Medicine Publishes Exciting Results of Our Pioneering Use of Focused Ultrasound
The New England Journal of Medicine has published results of UVA neurosurgeon Dr. Jeff Elias's first trial using focused ultrasound, believed to have been the first intracranial therapeutic application of this exciting technology in the world. The trial showed all 15 patients treated for Essential Tremor had significant improvement immediately and one year later. Dr. Elias, along with UVA neurosurgeons Neal Kassell and Jason Sheehan, as well as top radiation oncologists, radiologists and other specialists, are leading the development of focused ultrasound technology, which has exciting potential for drug delivery and to treat tumors, stroke, and movement disorders non-invasively. Dr. Elias is now using the technology in a follow-on trial and in a new trial to treat Parkinson's Disease where tremor is the dominant symptom -- profiled in a recent BBC story--, and Dr. Sheehan has in development a trial to treat brain tumors. The procedures are done in UVA's $8M Focused Ultrasound Center, the first such facility in the world. Read about UVA's initiative here and learn more about the exciting technology at www.fusfoundation.org/. To contact our focused ultrasound group, please call 434-243-1435 or email FUSbrain@virginia.edu.
Surveys Show Our Neurosurgeons Very Highly Rated
Our neurosurgeons Jeff Elias, John Jane Sr., John Jane Jr., Neal Kassell, Ed Oldfield, Chris Shaffrey, Mark Shaffrey, Jason Sheehan and Justin Smith have been named to Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc. They were chosen through a comprehensive peer-review survey that asks: "If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?" The database represents the top 3 percent of physicians in more than 400 medical subspecialties.
Chris Shaffrey, Mark Shaffrey and John Jane Jr. have been named to America's Top Doctors, and Chris Shaffrey has been named to a very select list of Top Spine Surgeons in North America by leading publication Orthopedics This Week.
Drs. Ashok Asthagiri and Webster Crowley join our practice
Dr. Ashok Asthagiri
has joined our faculty as a neurosurgeon with an emphasis in research,
education, and a clinical practice focusing on tumors, including
genetic disorders such as neurofibromatosis type 1 and 2, von
Hippel-Lindau disease, tuberous sclerosis, and Sturge-Weber
syndrome. Dr. Asthagiri has developed expertise in these
conditions while serving as clinical faculty at the NIH for seven
Dr. Webster Crowley has joined the faculty of our stroke and cerebrovascular team. Dr. Crowley completed a 2-year endovascular neurosurgery fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute and is one of a small number of neurosurgeons able to perform both open cerebrovascular and endovascular procedures for the treatment of intracranial and spinal vascular disorders.
Intraoperative MRI suite open
UVA has opened a new operating room suite equiped with intraoperative MRI and biplane angiography (which captures X-rays of arteries and blood flow), only the second such installation in the country. The biplane angiography allows for extremely targeted, image-guided treatment and the MRI allows our surgeons to verify that all parts of difficult tumors have been removed before surgery completion. Dr. Mark Shaffrey performed the first procedure in the suite and many of our neurosurgeons have followed. Read more at: http://uvahealth.com/services/neuro-oncology/imris-therapy-suite-for-brain-tumor-surgery.
First-in-class Surgical Training Lab Opens
UVA Health System, donors, and the departments of Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology have partnered to open a $2M+ state-of-the-art Microsurgical Anatomy Laboratory and Training Facility. This facility provides the means to educate medical students, residents, fellows, faculty and visiting health professionals on microsurgical anatomy, to encourage safe and precise surgical practice, and ultimately to improve the care of patients undergoing head, neck and spine procedures. In addition to everyday training of our residents and health professionals, it will also host national and international courses and symposia focusing on microsurgical anatomy, and stimulate research and innovation to develop new surgical approaches and techniques.