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
Neuro-Oncology division director
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




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 Nikisha Woody

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;  Neuroendocrine: Alyssa Benning, PA, Dawn Shaver RN

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

Email: Administrative Assistant Penny Marshall at

M. Yashar S. Kalani, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology
Neurosurgical Director, UVA Comprehensive Stroke Center
Medical Director, Inpatient Cerebrovascular Services
Co-Director, Skull Base Surgery
Co-Director, Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery


Clinical Interests: Brain Tumors, Cerebral Aneurysms, Skull Base Surgery, Spinal Cord Tumors, Vascular Malformations, Acoustic Neuroma, Arteriovenous Malformations, Astrocytoma, Brain Tumors, Brain metastasis, carotid artery stenosis, cerebellopontine angle tumors, chondrosarcoma, chordoma, craniopharyngioma, Cushing’s Disease, Ependymoma, Esthesioneuroblastoma, Glioblastoma, Hemifacial Spasm, Ischemic Stroke, Meningioma, Neurofinbomatosis, Optic nerve glioma, oligodendroglioma, pituitary tumors, spinal tumors, spinal vascular malformations, stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, Trigeminal neuralgia, Cerebrovascular, Coiling of aneurysm, Endovascular bypass surgery, Embolization, Moyamoya, Carotid Stent, Carotid Endarterectomy, Cerebral revascularization, Flow diversion

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

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

Email:  Administrative Assistant Kristi Tapscott at

Min S. Park, M.D.

Associate Professor, Neurosurgery and Neurology
Co-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

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, 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
Co-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

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

Email: Administrative Assistant Penny Marshall 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

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