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.
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,
Neurosurgery. Chapter: Techniques of Diagnostic Nerve and Muscle Biopsies Cooper, P and Naff, N.J Editors: Rengachary, S., Maciunus, R., and Wilkins, R., Zeidman, S.McGraw-Hill, New York Edition 3,
Master Cases in Peripheral Nerve Surgery. Chapter: Morton’s Neuroma Naff, N.J Editors: .Thieme, New York, NY
Neurosurgery. Chapter: Brachial Plexus Injuries in the Newborn . Midha, R., Drake, J.M., Naff, N.J Editors: Rengachary, S., Maciunus, R., and Wilkins, R., Zeidman, S.McGraw-Hill, New York Edition 3,
Current Treatment Options in Neurology. Chapter: Management of Intraventricular Hemorrhage in Adults Page 173 - 178 Naff,N.J Editors: .Current Science
Operative Neurosurgery. Chapter: Unusual Peripheral Nerve Entrapments Naff,N.J. and Belzberg, A Editors: Black, P.M. and Kaye, A.Harcourt Brace, London
Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. Chapter: Thrombolytic therapy for intraventricular and intraparenchymal hemorrhage Carhuapoma, J.R., Naff,N.J., Williams, M.A., Hanley, D.F Editors: .
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
Treatment of pediatric intracranial and spinal vascular lesions at a tertiary referral center: A ten year experience. Naff,N.J., Tamargo, R.J, American Association of Neurologic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN
TCD monitoring of the effects of endovascular treatment for vasospasm. Razumovsky, A.Y., Monsein, L.H., Hagenouw-Taal, J.C.W., Naff,N.J., Williams, M.A., Ulatowski, J.A., Hanley, D.F, 10th International Symposium on Cerebral Circulation, Munich, Germany
Predictive measures of patient outcome following endovascular therapy for cerebral vasospasm. Naff,N.J., Monsein, L.H., Razumovsky, A.Y, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec
Blood clot resolution in human CSF: A serial quantitative study. Naff,N.J., Bryan, R.N., Rigamonti, D.R., Hanley, D.F, Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California
Clinical variables associated with improved patient outcome following endovascular therapy for subarachnoid hemorrhage associated vasospasm. Naff,N.J., Monsein, L.H., Razumovsky, A.Y, American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology Scientific Conference, New York, NY
Percutaneous transpedicular instillation of polymethylmethacrylate for the treatment of osteoporotic compression fractures. Naff,N.J., Mathis, J.M, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
Intraventricular Thrombolysis Trial. Naff,N.J., Hanley, D.F., Tuhrim, S., Royall, R., Bryan, R.N., Williams, M.A, Joint Conference on Stroke and Cerebral Circulation, American Heart Association. Orlando Florida
Advances in Neuro-endovascular Surgery. Naff,N.J, 18th Annual Army Medical Department Neurology Conference
Intraventricular urokinase injections speed blood clot resolution in IVH: A quantitative analysis. Naff,N.J., Tuhrim,S., Williams, M.S., Hanley, D.F, Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN
Wartime peripheral nerve injury: A historical review of military contributions to peripheral nerve surgery. Naff,N.J., and Ecklund, J.M, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
Fused deposition modeling: A new technique for enhanced visualization of cerebral aneurysms. Naff,N.J., Richardson, A.C., Buetow, S., Noonan, P., Stockel, J, Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery and the ASITN Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
Peripheral nerve injury in modern warfare. Tomlin, J., Naff,N.J, Joint Section of Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the ASNS and the CNS Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA
Fused deposition modeling: Enhancing visualization of cerebral aneurysms. Buetow, S., Naff,N.J., Richardson, A.C., Noonan, P., Stockel, J, American Society of Neuroradiology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA
American neurosurgeons in World War I: Lasting contributions to peripheral nerve surgery. Naff,N.J., Ecklund, J.E, American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
Three-dimensional replication of cerebral aneurysms using fused deposition modeling. Rolli, M.L., Richardson, C., Noonan, P., Armonda, R., Naff, N.J, Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery and the ASI and Therapeutic Neuroradiology Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii
Intraventricular Thrombolysis Speeds Blood Clot Resolution: Results of a Randomized Double-Blinded Controlled Clinical Trial. Naff, N.J., Keyl, P., Tuhrim, S., Bederson, J., Bullock, R., Hanley, D.H, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 51st Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
Accuracy of Ventriculostomy Placement and Ventriculostomy Related Hematoma Rates In Patents with Intraventricular Hemorrhage (IVH): Results of a Prospective Multi-cent... Weiss, N., Naff, N.J., Hanley, D.F, Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery and the ASI and Therapeutic Neuroradiology Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ
Prospective Study of Intraventricular Catheter Insertions: Accuracy of Placement and Risk of Hemorrhage. Weiss, N., Naff, N.J., Hanley, D.F, American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
Introduction of cyberknife radiosurgery into a community-based neurosurgical practice: A 6 month experience. Naff, N.J., Brenner, M.J., Coleman, C., Lee, C, First annual Cyberknife Society Meeting, Napa, CA
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