Neal Naff, MD

Neal Naff, MD, F.A.C.S

Neurosurgery Baltimore, MD

President, Chesapeake Neurosurgery

Office Address

  • 2700 Quarry Lake Drive
    Suite 360
    Baltimore, MD 21209
    Phone: (410) 486-0090
    Fax: (410) 486-0093

Neal Naff, MD, F.A.C.S

Neurosurgery Baltimore, MD

President, Chesapeake Neurosurgery


  • Dr. Neal Naff is a native of southwest Virginia. He completed his undergraduate education at the Virginia Military Institute where he was a distinguished military graduate, class president, and valedictorian. He obtained his medical degree and completed his neurosurgical residency at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. After completing his residency he became a staff neurosurgeon at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He returned to practice neurosurgery in Baltimore in 2000. He was appointed Chief of Neurosurgery at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and surgical director of the CyberKnife Radiosurgery Center in 2003. He was appointed Chief of Neurosurgery at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2006. He was the first surgeon in Maryland to perform robotic guided radiosurgery on the brain and spine. Dr. Naff is active in resident teaching at Johns Hopkins University Department of Neurosurgey. In 2001 he was awarded the faculty teaching award by the resident neurosurgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital “In Recognition of Excellence in Teaching and Commitment to Resident Education” and in 2011 was awarded the Neurosurgery Chairman’s “Award of Excellence in Teaching”. Based on surveys of Baltimore area physicians, Dr. Naff was named “Top Doctor” by Baltimore Magazine for the field of neurosurgery in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was recognized as a Maryland/DC/Virginia “Super Doc” in the Washington Post in 2011 and 2012 based on a survey of doctors in the mid-Atlantic region. In 2011 and 2012, Dr. Naff was listed in U.S. News listing of Tops Doctors in America and was designated as “among the top 1% in the nation in his or her specialty”. He has authored over 50 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts. He has been awarded nine federally funded and peer reviewed research grants and one clinical use patent. He has served on the executive committee of the Maryland Neurosurgical Society since 2002.

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Neurosurgery: General Neurosurgery
  • Clinical Interests: Brain Neoplasms; Lumbosacral Region; Cervical Vertebrae; Peripheral Nerves; Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus; Ulnar Nerve Compression Syndromes; Spine; Spinal Fusion; Peroneal Nerve; Radiculopathy; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Radiosurgery; Brain surgery; Cerebral metastasis; Arnold-Chiari Malformation; Baclofen pump insertion; Spinal stimulator surgery; Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt; Spine Osteoarthritis; Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunts

Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • Chief of NeurosurgerySinai Hospital of Baltimore
    Baltimore, MD
  • PresidentChesapeake Neurosurgery
    Baltimore, MD
  • Chief of NeurosurgerySt. Joseph Medical Center
    Towson, MD
  • NeurosurgeonMid-Atlantic Neurosurgery
    Baltimore, MD
  • Staff NeurosurgeonWalter Reed Army Medical Center
    Washington, DC
    Director of Peripheral Nerve Surgery (1998-2000); Co-Director, Cerebrovascular and Neuro-endovascular Surgery (1998-2000)

Education & Training

  • Johns Hopkins Hosp
  • Johns Hopkins Hosp
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Virginia Military Institute

Certifications & Licensure

  • MD State Medical LicenseMD State Medical License1995 - 2015
  • American Board of Neurological SurgeryNeurological Surgery

    Awards, Honors, & Recognition

    • America's Top DoctorsCastle Connolly, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
    • America's Top Doctors for CancerCastle Connolly, 2013, 2012, 2011
    • Top Doctors:Baltimore AreaCastle Connolly, 2012

    Publications & Presentations


    Journal Articles

    • Mangagement of Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Palsy. Contemporary Management of Peripheral Nerve Problems.  Rosner, M.K. and Naff, N.J, Seminars in Neurosurgery. (1): 5-13
    • Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release In Contemporary Management of Peripheral Nerve Problems.  Moran, E. and Naff, N.J, Seminars in Neurosurgery. (1):13-19
    • Intracranial hemorhage: Time for an intervention.  Hanley, D.F., Williams, M.A., Naff,N.J, Critical Care Medicine. 27 (3): 477-478

    Books/Book Chapters

    • Current Therapy of Neurologic Diseases. Chapter: Treatment of cerebral and spinal vascular malformations 
      Rigamonti, D.R., Naff,N.J
      Editors: .Mosby Year Book, St. Louis
      Edition 5,
    • The Breast. Chapter: Management of Central Nervous System metastases in Breast Cancer 
      Zellars, R. and Naff, N.J
      Editors: Davidson, N.McGraw-Hill, New York, NY
      Edition 3,
    • Youman’s Neurological Surgery. Chapter: Endovascular Techniques for Brain Tumors 
      Naff, N.J. and Noonan, P.T
      Editors: .W.B. Saunders, New York, NY
      Edition 5,


    • Venous malformations presenting with intracerebral hemorrhage. Naff,N.J., Rigamonti, D.R, 21st International Joint Conference on Stroke and Cerebral Circulation, American Heart Association, San Antonio, TX
    • A longitudinal study of 53 patients with venous malformations: Documentation of a benign natural history. Naff,N.J., Rigamonti, D.R, Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery, Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX
    • The spectrum of vascular formations and features in cavernous angiomata resected at the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1984-1994. Wills, M.L., Becher, M.W., Rigamonti, D.R., Naff,N.J., Lee, R., Burger, P.C, American Academy of Neuropathology Annual Meeting


    • Anatomy of the Brachial Plexus. Grand Rounds, Division of Neurosurgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
    • Surgical Management of Brachial Plexus Injuries. Grand Rounds, Division of Orthopedic Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
    • Surgical Anatomy of the Brachial Plexus. Division of Orthopedics, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Anatomical Teaching Lab Prosectorship


    • Intraventricular Hemorrhage Thrombolysis. Daniel Hanley, M.D. and Neal Naff, M.D, U.S. Provisional Application Serial No. 60/368,846


    • Maryland Neurosurgical Society Executive Committe 2002 - Present

    Professional Memberships

    Insurance Accepted

    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
    • BCBS North Carolina BlueOptions PPO
    • CareFirst BCBS Maryland POS
    • CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage
    • CareFirst BlueChoice Network POS
    • CareFirst BluePreferred PPO
    • CIGNA Open Access
    • First Health PPO
    • Great West PPO
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    • Multiplan PHCS PPO
    • Multiplan PPO
    • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
    • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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