Neal J. Naff, MD

Dr. Neal Naff is a native of southwest Virginia. He completed his undergraduate education at the Virginia Military Institute, where he was class president and valedictorian. He completed his medical school training and neurosurgerical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. 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.

Dr. Naff is Chief of Neurosurgery at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and St. Joseph Medical Center and serves as Director of Clinical Neuroscience Education at Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Neurosurgery. He also maintains clinical privileges at Carroll Hospital Center, GBMC, Northwest Hospital, and Union Memorial. He is the surgical director of the CyberKnife Radiosurgery Center at Sinai Hospital and serves as the Director of Performance Improvement for the International CyberKnife Society. He is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is active in the teaching, clinical, and research programs in that department. In 2001, he was awarded the faculty teaching award by resident neurosurgeons at Johns Hopkins Hopsital "In Recognition of Excellence in Teaching and Commitment to Resident Education". Based on a 2008 survey of Baltimore area physicians, Dr. Naff was named "Top Doctor" by Baltimore Magazine for the field of neurosurgery.

He has authored over 50 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts. He has active clinical and research interests in the treatment of complex spinal problems, brain and spinal tumors, brain hemorrhages, cerebral aneurysms, radiosurgery, Chiari malformations, adult hydrocephalus (NPH), spinal stimulation, spasticity, trigeminal seuralgia, and peripheral nerver disorders. He has been awarded nine federally funded and peer reviewed research grants for his clinical and research work. He lectures locally and nationally on brain, spine and peripheral nerve disorders.

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 is also active on the neurosurgical teaching staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC where he is the Consulting Director of Peripheral Nerve Surgery.


Diplomat, American Board of Neurological Surgeons 11/00
Fellow, American College of Surgeons 10/02
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Neurologic Surgeons
Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care of the AANS and CNS
Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery of the AANS and CNS
Peripheral Nerve Task Force of the AANS and CNS
American Heart Assocation
Stroke Council-Member
Maryland Medical Society (Med-Chi)
Baltimore City Medical Society

Awards & Honors

National Stroke Association, National Research Fellowship Award, 1996-1998
Invited Guest, 21st Princeton Conference on Cerebrovascular Disease, Washington University School of Medicine, May 7-10, 1998.
Recipient of the 2001 Annual Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Neurosurgry 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

Office Locations

Baltimore/Quarry Lake

Spine Surgery
Board CertificationsNeurological SurgeryFellowshipJohns Hopkins University, Neurosurgery ResidencyJohns Hopkins University, Neurosurgery Medical SchoolJohns Hopkins University