Functional Neurosurgery

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.

Physicians in the Department of Neurosurgery collaborate with neurologists and neuropsychologists to provide comprehensive patient care and resident training. Learn more about our innovative and multidisciplinary approach at the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center.

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:

  • Open resection
  • Laser ablation
  • DBS
  • Responsive neurostimulation (RNS)
  • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)
  • Brain mapping using subdural grids
  • Stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG)
  • ROSA

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.

Education

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.

We’re also proud to offer a CAST-accredited, enfolded functional neurosurgery fellowship. Please contact Dr. Holloway for more information.Learn more about our residency program

Kathryn L. Holloway, M.D. [View Image]

Kathryn L. Holloway, M.D.

Kathryn L. Holloway, M.D. [View Image]

Kathryn L. Holloway, M.D.

Neurosurgery

Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Richmond PADRECC, McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center
Chief, Section of Neurosurgery, Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center

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Paul Koch, M.D. [View Image]

Paul Koch, M.D.

Paul Koch, M.D. [View Image]

Paul Koch, M.D.

Neurosurgery

Assistant Professor

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Gary W. Tye, M.D. [View Image]

Gary W. Tye, M.D.

Gary W. Tye, M.D. [View Image]

Gary W. Tye, M.D.

Neurosurgery

Clinical Professor
Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery

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John D. Ward, M.D., M.S.H.A. [View Image]

John D. Ward, M.D., M.S.H.A.

John D. Ward, M.D., M.S.H.A. [View Image]

John D. Ward, M.D., M.S.H.A.

Neurosurgery

Hirschler Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
President and Chief Medical Officer, VCU Medical Center/MCV Physicians

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