Neuroanesthesia Division

  • University of Virginia Neuroanesthesia Division Faculty

    Our UVA Neuroanesthesia Faculty

  • University of Virginia Dr. Biken Naik, MD consults with

    Neuroanesthesia Doctors Priya Singla, MD & Bhiken Naik, MBBCh discuss an upcoming spinal case.

  • University of Virginia Dr. Zhiyi Zuo, MD, PhD, and Dr. Nadia Lunardi, MD, PhD and Dr. Nadia Lunardi, MD, PhD

    Dr. Zhiyi Zuo, MD, PhD, and Dr. Nadia Lunardi, MD, PhD discuss Neuroanesthesia procedures.

  • University of Virginia Zhiyi Zuo, M.D., Ph.D.

    Dr. Zhiyi Zuo, MD, PhD prepares for a day in the OR.


Neuroanesthesia as a subspecialty practice in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Virginia (UVA) dates back to 1977 when Dr. Robert Bedford joined the department as a faculty member. He became a national figure in neuroanesthesia, publishing clinical findings on intracranial pressure and hemodynamic changes during neurosurgical procedures. The division has other notable alumni, such as Dr. David Stone.

The Neuroanesthesia Division now has 10 faculty members covering the full range of neurosurgery cases and major orthopedic spine cases. These include functional neurosurgery, brain tumor surgery and intracranial aneurysm surgery. There is also a state-of-art facility where intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be performed. In addition, the University of Virginia hospital is a comprehensive stroke care center. Our faculty covers stroke calls around the o’clock. In total, we perform about 2400 neurosurgical cases each year in the operating rooms


A Message from the Division Chief

University of Virginia Nadia Lunardi, MD, Anesthesiology

Nadia Lunardi, MD, PhD, Neuroanesthesia Division Chief

The Neuroanesthesia Division is very dynamic.  Our faculty provide excellent care to patients and also excels in education and research. We have developed a comprehensive educational curriculum for medical students, residents and trained neuroanesthesia fellows.

Diverse faculty academic interests include: education and simulation training, educational research, basic science and translational research, and data science. A unique feature of the division is that three faculty members attend intensive care units, including a neurosurgical intensive care unit. These faculty members provide perspectives on how patients do after surgery and an opportunity to broaden the view of patient care for neurosurgical procedures.

We look forward to collaborative work on education, research and patient care. We also welcome talented people to join us, either as a trainee or as a member of the team.

Our Division