If you would like to contact us but are unsure of who to contact, please call our general number (434) 924-2203 (Local) or 1-800-362-2203 (Toll free) and our staff will help you.

Mark E. Shaffrey, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Co-Director, Neuro-Oncology
Clinical Trials division director

Clinical Interests:  Brain Tumors, Spine
Clinical Team: Lisa Foster, PA-C, Gavin MacCleery, PA
Phone: (434) 924-5508, for spine conditions – (434) 924-1843, for other – (800) 362-2203
Email: Administrative Assistant Meaghan Upman

Ashok R. Asthagiri, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Co-Director, Neuro-Oncology

Co-Director, Skull Base Surgery

Clinical Interests:  Brain and spinal tumors, peripheral nerve tumors and lesions, neurocutaneous disorders (neurofibromatosis type 1 and 2, von Hippel-Lindau disease, tuberous sclerosis, Sturge-Weber syndrome)

Clinical Team:  Alyssa Benning, PA, Nancy Staton, RN

Phone: (434) 243-2757 , (800) 362-2203

Email: Administrative Assistant Vicki Aylor

Nevan G. Baldwin, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Primary Location: UVA Neurosurgery Haymarket

Clinical Practice:  Acute and chronic back and neck pain, bone disorders of the spine, degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, intervertebral disc disease, myelopathy, nerve root injury (including pinched nerve), radiculopathy, sciatica (all causes), spinal cord injury, spinal fracture, spinal stenosis, spinal tumors, spondylolisthesis, spondylosis and spondylolysis

Clinical Team:  Kim Nicastro, PA

Phone: 571-636-6000

Email: Haymarket office manager Yolanda Lightfoot

Avery Buchholz, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Clinical Interests: Scoliosis, Spinal Deformity, Complex Spine, Minimally invasive spine surgery,
Spine tumors

Clinical Team: Gavin MacCleery, PA, JoAnne C. Wilson, BSN, RN

Phone: (434) 243-7026, (800) 362-2203

Email: Clinic Assistant Doris Strother at

W. Jeffrey Elias, M.D.

Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology
Peripheral Nerve division director
Functional Neurosurgery division director

Clinical Interests: Movement disorders, epilepsy surgery, spasticity, and peripheral nerve injuries

Clinical Team: Shelly Rush-Evans, NP, Kathy Maynard, RN

Phone: (434) 924-0451, (800) 362-2203, Focused Ultrasound trials (434)-243-1435

Email: Assistant Karen Osteen at

Gregory  A.  Helm,  M.D.,Ph.D.

Professor of Neurological Surgery


Clinical Interests: General, Acoustic neuromas, Spine

Clinical Team: Karen Lohr, NP, Natalie Krovetz, RN, Melissa Pritchett, RN

Phone: (434) 924-1642, (800) 362-2203

Email: Administrative Assistant Mona Banton at

John Jane Jr., M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics
Director, Neurosurgical Training Program
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Director, Pituitary Tumor Program


Clinical Interests:  Pediatric: Brain and spinal tumors, craniosynostosis, hydrocephalus, minimally invasive endoscopic surgery;  Adult: Neuroendocrine tumors, pituitary adenomas, minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery

Clinical Team: Pediatrics: Kelly O’Connell, NP, Rebecca Grisdale, RN;  Neuroendocrine: Alyssa Benning, PA, Dawn Shaver RN

Phone: (434) 243-5749, (800) 362-2203

Email: Administrative Assistant Penny Marshall at


Min S. Park, M.D.

Associate Professor, Neurosurgery and Neurology
Director, Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery
Director, Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship
Associate Director, Neurosurgical Training Program
Medical Director, Neurointerventional Service Line

Clinical Interests: Cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery, neurovascular surgery, neuro-interventional radiology, stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, brain tumors, brain aneurysms, cerebral aneurysms, brain vascular malformations and fistulas, cavernous malformations, head trauma, neuro critical care, hydrocephalus, carotid artery disease, carotid endarterectomy, carotid artery stenosis, Chiari malformations, meningioma, angiography, endovascular embolization, microvascular clipping, arterial dissections, arteriovenous malformations, skull base surgery and traumatic brain injury, ischemic stroke, spinal vascular malformations, coiling of aneurysms, flow diversion, embolization, moyamoya, carotid stent.

Vascular Team: Susan Rannigan, NP, Danielle Merritt, RN

Phone: (434) 924-2735, (800) 362-2203

Email: Administrative Assistant Kristi Tapscott at

Jason Sheehan, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Neurological Surgery, Radiation Oncology, and Neuroscience
UVa Gamma Knife Center Director
Riverside-UVa Gamma Knife Co-Director

Clinical Interests: Sterotactic and functional neurosurgery, Radiosurgery(intracranial and spinal), Brain Tumors, Spinal Surgery

Clinical Team: Selene Evans, NP, Charlene Exline, NP, Karen Lavezzo, RN, Greg Patterson, RN

Phone: (434) 924-8129, (866) 244-4040

Email: Administrative Assistants Kim Herring at or Barbara Behnke at

Justin Smith, M.D., Ph.D.

Harrison Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, UVA Spine Center
Chief, Spine Division
Director, Spine Fellowship Program

Clinical Interests: Back Pain, Cervical Disc Herniation, Degenerative Disk Disease, Lumbar Spondylotic Disease, Lumbar Stenosis, Neck Pain, Neck Sprain and Strain, Degenerative Scoliosis and Cervical Deformity, Vertebral Compression Fractures, Sagittal Imbalance, Lumbar Flat back

Clinical Team: Amanda Carter, NP, Mindy Bryant, RN

Phone: (434) 243-6339

Email: Assistant Stephanie Baird at

Hasan Syed, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Clinical Interests: Brain and spinal tumors, hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis, Chiari malformation, epilepsy, spinal dysraphism, spasticity, craniocervical spinal disorders, peripheral nerve injuries, and Moyamoya disease

Clinical Team: Kelly O’Connell, NP, Rebecca Grisdale, RN

Phone: (434) 243-5749, (800) 362-2203

Email: Administrative Assistant Penny Marshall at

Raymond Turner, M.D.

Visiting Professor of Neurosurgery
Professor of Neurosurgery at University of South Carolina College of Medicine – Greenville

Clinical/Research Interests: Cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery, stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, brain aneurysms, brain vascular malformations and fistulas, carotid artery disease, carotid artery stenosis

Phone: (434) 982-3244, (800) 362-2203

Email: Administrative Assistant Karen Saulle at

Dennis Vollmer, M.D.

Professor of Neurological Surgery


Clinical Interests: Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Myelopathy, Craniocervical Anomalies, Degenerative Disc Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Lumbar Spondylotic Disease, Lumbar Stenosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Spine Trauma, Spinal Tumors, Spondylolisthesis, Vertebral Fracture, Cerebrovascular Disorders, Operative treatment of Cerebral Aneurysms, Vascular Malformations, Brain Tumors, Hydrocephalus, Traumatic Brain Injury

Clinical Team:  Tom Szabo, PA, Lisa Howell, RN

Phone:  (434) 924-2003, (800) 362-2203

Email: Clinic Assistant Lois Osteen at or Administrative Assistant Yvonne Ocasio at

Chun-Po Yen, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery


Clinical Interests: Minimally Invasive Spine, Tumor, Spinal Radiosurgery

Clinical Team: Lara Myers, NP, Nancy Staton, RN

Phone: (434) 297-7462, (800) 362-2203

Email:  Administrative Assistant Nicole Gibson at