Jeffrey Ching-Kwei Mai, MD,PhD| Skull Base Surgery, Neurosurgery | MedStar Health

Jeffrey Ching-Kwei Mai, MD,PhD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (212 reviews)

Specialties: Skull Base Surgery, Neurosurgery, Vascular Neurosurgery, Endovascular Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

Languages: English

(202) 877-5551

About me

Jeffrey C. Mai, MD, PhD, is a cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgeon at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Associate Professor at the Georgetown University Department of Neurosurgery. He is one of the few dual fellowship-trained vascular neurosurgeons in the country, specializing in the treatment and management of cerebrovascular disorders, such as stroke, aneurysm, brain and spinal arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, and skull base tumors, in addition to spinal disorders.

Dr. Mai received his undergraduate degree in biology from Brown University and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine while simultaneously earning a PhD in biochemistry and molecular genetics. His doctoral work centered upon the development of targeted molecular therapies for cancer and stroke. He then joined the University of Washington, Seattle, for neurosurgical residency training, spending an enfolded year as a neurosurgical specialist registrar in the NHS at St. George’s Hospital in London. Upon graduation, Dr. Mai went on to serve as Acting Instructor at the University of Washington, completing a fellowship in neurosurgical oncology, skull base surgery, and cerebrovascular surgery. Following this, he completed a second fellowship in endovascular surgical neuroradiology at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Dr. Mai is able to offer a comprehensive set of cutting edge tools to address the spectrum of cerebrovascular disorders. In particular, recent breakthroughs in neurointerventional technology have opened up an entirely new field of acute stroke therapy, revolutionizing patient outcomes.

Dr. Mai joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center to become part of a multidisciplinary cerebrovascular team comprised of national leaders, including interventional neuroradiologists, interventional neurologists, and dual-trained cerebrovascular neurosurgeons. This group of physicians collectively draws upon decades of experience, serving as a unique asset to patients within the D.C. metro region and beyond.

Philosophy of Care

“My goal in care is to ensure that each patient is fully educated about the nature of their condition and all available treatment options that may be appropriate for them.”

“Being specialty trained both in open microsurgical cerebrovascular approaches and minimally invasive endovascular techniques affords me a unique perspective. I am able to provide my patients a balanced opinion regarding the relative advantages and disadvantages of each modality, enabling me to individualize treatment for each of them.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Aneurysm
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Herniated Disc
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Tumor
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acromegaly
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Basilar Skull Fracture
  • Berry Aneurysm
  • Brain Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Brain Metastases
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Burst Fracture
  • Carotid Cavernous Fistula
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Central Nervous System Infection
  • Central Venous Stenosis
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Cervical Compression Fracture
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Disc Displacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Injury
  • Cervical Spine Mass
  • Cervical Spine Tumor
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Congenital Anomalies Of The Head And Neck
  • Congenital Malformation Of The Spine
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Dural Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Facial Spasm
  • Glioma
  • Glomus Jugulare Tumor
  • Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Disc Disease
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lumbar Spine Mass
  • Lumbar Spine Tumor
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Malignant Brain Neoplasm
  • Meningioma
  • Metastatic Brain Cancer
  • Moyamoya
  • Nerve Compression Of The Cervical Spine
  • Nerve Compression Of The Lumbar Spine
  • Neural Foraminal Stenosis
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 1
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 2
  • Odontoid Fractures
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Pituitary Cancer
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Primary Brain Tumor
  • Prolactinoma
  • Scoliosis
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Skull Osteoma
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Spine Tumor
  • Thoracic Disc Disease
  • Thoracic Spine Injury
  • Thoracic Spine Mass
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
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Procedures I perform

  • Anterior Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Anterior Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Anterior Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Spine Fusion
  • Anterior Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Thoracic Spine Fusion
  • Anterior Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Cervical Spine
  • Awake Brain Surgery
  • Awake Craniotomy
  • Carotid Cavernous Fistula Repair
  • Cerebral Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Cerebral Revascularization
  • Cerebrovascular Bypass Surgery
  • Cervical Decompression
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Laminotomy
  • Cervical Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Compression Fracture Surgery
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Endoscopic Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Focal Resection Surgery Brain
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Instrumented Anterior Cervical Discectomy, Fusion (ACDF)
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microneurosurgery
  • Microsurgery Of The Cervical Spine
  • Microsurgery Of The Lumbar Spine
  • Microsurgery Of The Thoracic Spine
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion
  • Navigation Spine Surgery
  • Occipito Cervical Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy And Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Thoracic Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Robotic Assisted Neurosurgery
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Sinus Stenting
  • Spinal Schwannoma Surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis Surgery
  • Spine Microsurgery
  • Subdural Hematoma Embolization
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Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery

Fellowship Program: University of Florida Health Science Center (2013)

Fellowship Program: University of Washington Medical Center (2012)

Residency Program: University of Washington Medical Center (2011)

Internship Program: University of Washington Medical Center (2006)

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine (2005)

Graduate Education: University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine (2004)

Ratings and reviews

  • Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition

  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

  • Feb 22, 2024

    Exceptional level of care

  • Feb 15, 2024

    Dr. Mai is amazing!

  • Dec 21, 2023

    Dr. Mai has always been the best.