Dr. Neal J. Naff

Training and Background

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 completed his medical school training and neurosurgical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. As a resident he was recognized by the National Stroke Association with an award as a national research fellow for his work on brain hemorrhages.

After completing his residency in 1998 he became a staff neurosurgeon at Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he was Director of Peripheral Nerve Surgery and Co-Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery. He returned to practice neurosurgery in Baltimore in 2000.
He was appointed Chief of Neurosurgery at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore in January 2003. He became surgical director of the Cyberknife Radiosurgery Center at Sinai Hospital later that year. He was appointed Chief of Neurosurgery at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2006. He is fellowship trained in endovascular neurosurgery and board certified in neurological surgery. He was the first surgeon in Maryland to perform robotic guided radiosurgery to the brain and spine. Dr. Naff has faculty appointments at both Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University School of Health Services. 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, and 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was recognized as a Maryland/DC/Virginia “Super Doc” in the Washington Post in 2011 based on a survey of doctors in the mid-Atlantic region. In 2011, Dr. Naff was listed in U.S. News inaugural listing of Tops Doctors in America and was designated as “among the top 1% in the nation in his or her specialty”.  Dr. Naff was recently awarded the “Vitals Compassionate Doctor” distinction, which only 3% of a million active physicians in the United States received.
 He has authored over 50 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts. He has active research interests in stroke, brain hemorrhages, cerebral aneurysms, brain tumors, chronic pain syndromes, neck and back problems, and peripheral nerve disorders. He and his research colleagues have been awarded nine federally funded and peer reviewed research grants for their work on new treatments for patients with brain hemorrhage. He was principal investigator for a federally funded multicenter clinical trial evaluating this new treatment for brain hemorrhage. He was the founding National Director of Performance Improvement for the CyberKnife Radiosurgery Society. He belongs to several national neurosurgical organizations and has served on the executive committee of the Maryland Neurosurgical Society since 2002.

He is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is active in the teaching program for the neurosurgical residents at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He lectures locally and nationally on brain, spine, and peripheral nerve disorders.

For more information about Dr. Naff, please visit -

2700 Quarry Lake Drive
Suite 360
Baltimore, MD 21209
410-486-0230 (FAX)

Chief of Neurosurgery, Sinai Hospital
2401 West Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Johns Hopkins Univ School of Medicine
600 N Wolfe Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21287

Surgical Director, Cyberknife
Radiosurgery Center
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
2401 West Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215

President, Chesapeake Neurosurgery, LLC
2700 Quarry Lake Dr
Ste 360
Baltimore, MD 21209
410-486-0230 (FAX)

Director Clinical Neuroscience Education
Department of Neurosurgery Residency Program
Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine

Breaking News!

U.S. News Releases Top Doctors Listings
Dr. Neal Naff Makes the List
On July 26, 2011, U.S. News Media Group announced U. S. News Top Doctors, a free searchable directory available at www.usnews.com/top-doctors that lists nearly 30,000 peer-nominated physicians across the country. According to U.S. News, the Top Doctors was created in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors and other consumer health guides. It draws from Castle Connolly’s database of Top Doctors, all recommended for their clinical skills by other doctors and individually vetted by a physician-led reaserach team. Dr. Naff was not only listed as one of the Top Doctors, he was also singled out as “among the top 1% in the nation in his or her specialty”.


Board Certified, Neurological Surgery

Microsurgical treatment of brain tumors
Dr. Naff utilizes the the most advanced techniques to treat brain tumors. This includes frame based and frameless neuronavigation,intra-operative brain monitoring and mapping, Gliadel wafers, and Gliasite radiation balloons.

Microsurgical treatment of pituitary tumors

Treatment of Chiari malformations

Treatment of adult hydrocephalus

Treatment of brain hemorrhages and trauma

Microsurgical lumbar and cervical discectomy

Repair of lumbar and cervical stenosis

Microsurgical treatment of spinal cord tumors

Rheumatologic disorders of the cervical spine

Endoscopic and Surgical Carpal Tunnel Release

Treatment of ulnar nerve entrapment

Brachial plexus and nerve injury repair

Insertion of spinal cord & nerve stimulators
This is also known as neurostimulation therapy.

Insertion of baclofen pumps
This is also known as intrathecal drug delivery.

CyberKnife Radiosurgery
Dr. Naff is the surgical director of the CyberKnife Radiosurgery Center at Sinai Hospital. The Cyberknife provides the most advanced delivery of radiosurgery to brain and spine lesions. More information about the cyberknife is available on on other pages of this website.

Curriculum Vitae

Place Of Birth
Roanoke, Virginia
Work Address
Chesapeake Neurosurgery, LLC
2700 Quarry Lake Drive  Suite 360
Baltimore, MD  21209

Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine, May 15, 1991     Virginia Military Institute,
Lexington Virginia
Bachelor of Science in Biology,
May 17, 1987, Distinguished, Valedictorian

Post Doctoral Training
Department of Neurosurgery
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Research Fellowships
Neuro-endovascular fellowship,
Division of Neuroradiology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Licensure and Board Certification
Maryland State Physician
License # D47743

Diplomat, American Board of Neurological Surgeons 11/00

Fellow, American College of Surgeons 10/02

Academic & Administrative Appointments

Chief, Division of Neurosurgery
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Chief, Division of Neurosurgery
Saint Josephs Hospital of Towson

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Treasurer, Maryland Neurosurgical Society

Cancer Committee,
Maryland General Hospital

Cancer Committee,
St. Joseph’s Hospital

O.R. Committee,
Maryland General Hospital

Hospital Appointments

Walter Reed Army Medical
Center, Washington, DC

Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Maryland General Hospital,
Baltimore, MD 1999-present

Good Samaritan Hospital,
Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins Hospital,
Baltimore, MD 2000-present

Northwest Hospital,
Randallstown, MD 2000-present     Saint Joseph’s Hospital,
Towson, MD 2001-present

Johns Hopkins Bayview,
Baltimore, MD 2001-present

Union Memorial Hospital,
Baltimore, MD 2001-present

Carroll County General Hospital,
Westminster, MD 2001-present

Bon Secours Hospital,
Baltimore, MD 2002-present

Greater Baltimore Medical Center,
Towson, MD 2002-present

Memberships, Offices and Committee Appointments

Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Neurologic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery of the AANS and CNS
Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care of the AANS and CNS
Peripheral Nerve Task Force of the AANS and CNS
American Heart Association
Stroke Council-Member
Maryland Medical Society
Baltimore City Medical Society

Other Professional Positions & Major Appointments
Consulting Director of Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Division of Neurosurgery
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC and the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
October 17, 2000 -present

Awards & Honors

National Stroke Association,
National Research Fellowship Award, 1996-1998

Invited Guest, 21st Princeton Conference on Cerebrovascular Disease, Washington Univeristy School of Medicine, May 7-10, 1998.

Recipient of the 2001 Annual Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Neurosurgery Richard J. Otenasek, Jr. Faculty Teaching Award,
Presented by the Neurosurgery Housestaff In Recognition of Excellence in Teaching and Commitment to Resident Education

Editorial Boards

Reviewer, Stroke, Official Journal of the American Stroke Association

Research Interests

Cerebrovascular diseases, Intracerebral Hemorrhage, Intraventricular Hemorrhage, Peripheral Nerve and Brachial, Plexus Injuries, Tumors, Brain tumors