Top Neurosurgeons in the Washington Baltimore

The Washingtonian Magazine released the list of last year’s top doctors in the Washington/Baltimore area. Over 1,250 doctors responded to the questionnaires asking them whom their family members would turn to in each of 36 specializations. This list is composed of doctors who received the most number of recommendations within their fields. The number is adjusted to account for the geographic distribution.

The list includes 5 board certified neurosurgeons: Edward A. Aulisi, Jeff Jacobson, Alexandros D. Powers, F. Donald Cooney, and Zachary T. Levine. They are members of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Medical Association. They are licensed in DC and Maryland. It must be noted that these specialists are not necessarily neurosurgery’s "best" doctors. Also, they are certainly not the only good ones in this field.

Edward A. Aulisi, M.D.

Aulisi specializes and has advanced training in neurovascular microsurgery, neurotrauma, tumors of the skull base, computer-assisted neurosurgery, and complicated spinal surgery. He graduated from Princeton University and took his medical education at The George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Sciences where he also completed his residency training. Aulisi is a member of the International Brain Research Organization He is also a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

F. Donald Cooney, M. D.

Cooney specializes in spinal surgery, particularly in microscopic and endoscopic surgery for herniated discs. He completed his surgical internship at The George Washington University Medical Center, (GWUMC) where he teaches neurological surgery. He is also The Washington Hospital Center’s Director of the Teaching Program.

Cooney is a member of the International Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care. He also serves as the Washington Academy of Neurosurgery president and a National Board of Medical Examiners Diplomate.

Zachary T. Levine, M.D.

Levine specializes in cranial base surgery, stereotactic surgery for movement disorders, deep brain stimulation, and computer assisted microsurgery. He’s also interested in spinal surgery, particularly microscopic and endoscopic disk surgery and spinal instrumentation for degenerative disease and trauma.

He completed his neurological surgery residency at the GWUMC. He is currently the director of Functional Neurosurgery and Movement Disorders at the Washington Hospital Center. He is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Jeff Jacobson, M.D.

Jacobson deals with both spinal and cranial problems and is interested in skull base tumors (particularly acoustic neuromas), Gamma Knife radiosurgery, spinal reconstruction, and cervical spinal trauma. He completed his residency training at GWU where he currently teaches neurosurgery. He is the chairman of Neurosurgery at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

Jacobson is also a member of the Medical Societies of the District of Columbia and Montgomery County, Maryland. He was the President of the Washington Academy of Neurosurgery and one of the founding members of the North American Skull Base Society.

Alexandros D. Powers, M.D.

Powers has certification in Neurosonology and Neuroimaging and received training in blood flow and cerebral physiology. He had his residency in neurological surgery at the GWUMC. He also took residency in general surgery at the Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic. He teaches neurological surgery at the GWU School of Medicine.

Powers has received many distinctions: the Hugo V. Rizzoli Award for Excellence in Neurosurgical Training, the William C. Menninger Award for Original Research in Neurological Surgery by the Central Neuropsychiatric Association, and the Harry H. Kerr Essay Award for Clinical Studies. Powers is a member of the American Society of Neuroimaging and is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners.


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