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VCU’s collaborative, multidisciplinary functional neurosurgery team is dedicated to performing complex procedures that restore neurological condition and function. This growing, highly specialized field is paving the way for advanced treatment options for neurological conditions and movement disorders once considered untreatable, such as:
Most of neurosurgery involves taking something out, whereas here we’re actually putting things in to alter the function of the brain.”
- Kathryn Hollway, M.D.
Kathryn Holloway, M.D., who was part of the team that researched and developed the frameless deep brain stimulation (DBS) technology, has performed more than 300 DBS procedures. Under her leadership, the team treats patients with the following conditions:
We utilize multiple surgical techniques to restore balance to circuits in the brain, including:
In collaboration with health care providers across multiple disciplines, we perform surgical procedures that remove or isolate the area of the brain where seizures originate. We use the following surgical techniques:
Under the leadership of Harold Young, M.D., the department became a national leader in the diagnosis and treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). A disorder caused by excess cerebrospinal fluid in the brain’s ventricles, NPH has historically been misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease.
Each year we perform 70-80 NPH procedures, which involves surgically implanting a shunt system to drain the fluid away from the brain and into the body.
Trainees in the Department of Neurosurgery’s residency program treat pediatric and adult patients at VCU Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond and the VA Medical Center. Residents work alongside Drs. Kathryn Holloway and John Ward to gain experience and confidence in functional neurosurgical procedures and patient management, with opportunities for additional exposure during elective time.
Kathryn L. Holloway, M.D.
John D. Ward, M.D., M.S.H.A.