Jugal K Shah, MD| Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery | MedStar Health

Jugal K Shah, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (159 reviews)

Specialties: Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery

Languages: Gujarati, English

About me

Jugal Shah, MD, is a board-eligible neurosurgeon who sees patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Harbor Hospital, and in Ellicott City.

Dr. Shah specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disease of the brain and spine, with a particular interest in minimally invasive and robotic spinal surgery. He treats spinal degeneration, instability, spinal cord and nerve compression, trauma, and cancer. In addition, he treats cranial pathologies including pituitary tumors, malignant brain tumors, meningiomas, hematomas, trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, and hydrocephalus.

As a strong communicator, Dr. Shah’s philosophy is to provide care in a “360-degree” manner.  He works collaboratively with his patients, their primary care providers, and other specialists to develop personalized treatment plans. He emphasizes compassionate and accessible communication to patients and their families.

Dr. Shah earned his medical degree at University of California, San Francisco, graduating with Distinction as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow. He then completed his training in Neurosurgery at NYU Langone Health and served as Chief Resident of the Neurosurgery Service at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan. Currently, Dr. Shah is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

He has published multiple peer review studies and books chapter on topics of pituitary tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery, and neural stem cells.

Dr. Shah’s extensive research background, scientific knowledge, and technical expertise empower him to provide his patients with the latest advancements in neurosurgical care.

In 2023, he was named a Top Doctor by Baltimore magazine.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Herniated Disc
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Tumor
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Arnold Chiari Malformation
  • Astrocytic Cancer
  • Astrocytoma Tumors
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Brain
  • Brain Metastases
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Bulging Disc
  • Burst Fracture
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Central Nervous System Infection
  • Central Nervous System Tumors
  • Cerebellar Tumor
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebral Cyst
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Cervical Bone Spur
  • Cervical Compression Fracture
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Disc Displacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Fracture
  • Cervical Spine Injury
  • Cervical Spine Mass
  • Cervical Spine Stress Fracture
  • Cervical Spine Tumor
  • Complex Spine Deformities
  • Compression Fracture
  • Degenerative Joint Disease Of The Spine
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Dystonia
  • Elevated Growth Hormone
  • Ependymoma
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epidural Hemorrhage
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Facial Spasm
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Flatback Syndrome
  • Foot Drag
  • Foot Drop
  • Glioma
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniation Syndrome
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Intracranial Mass
  • Intraventricular Tumor
  • Kyphosis
  • Lower Back Injury
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Disease
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Instability
  • Lumbar Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lumbar Spine Injury
  • Lumbar Spine Mass
  • Lumbar Spine Stress Fracture
  • Lumbar Spine Tumor
  • Lumbar Spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar Spondylosis
  • Lumbosacral Plexus Lesions
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Cerebellum
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Frontal Lobe
  • Meningioma
  • Meningioma Of The Spine
  • Myelomalacia
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Compression Of The Cervical Spine
  • Nerve Compression Of The Lumbar Spine
  • Neural Foraminal Stenosis
  • Nonunion Fracture Of The Spine
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Odontoid Fractures
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Spinal Cord Anomalies
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Diseases
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Schwannoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Arthritis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Injury
  • Spine Mass
  • Spine Osteoarthritis
  • Spine Stress Fracture
  • Spine Tumor
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Sports Related Spinal Cord Injury
  • Sports Related Spine Injury
  • Sports Related Thoracic Spine Injury
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hygroma
  • Temporal Tumor
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc
  • Thoracic Spinal Stenosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Injury
  • Thoracic Spine Mass
  • Thoracic Spine Stress Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Tumor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertebral Fracture
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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
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Cervical Spine
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Lumbar Spine
  • Back Surgery
  • Biological Enhancement Of Spine Fusions
  • Biopsy Of Brain
  • Brain Surgery
  • Burr Hole
  • Cerebral Decompression
  • Cervical Decompression
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Laminotomy
  • Cervical Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Cervical Spine Revision
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Chiari Decompression
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Compression Fracture Surgery
  • Craniectomy
  • Craniotomy
  • Csf Shunt Removal
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Decompression Median Nerve At Elbow
  • Direct Lateral Approach
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Approach
  • Foraminotomy
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Instrumented Anterior Cervical Discectomy, Fusion (ACDF)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microneurosurgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Microsurgery Of The Cervical Spine
  • Microsurgery Of The Lumbar Spine
  • Microsurgery Of The Thoracic Spine
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Partial Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Navigation Spine Surgery
  • Needle Biopsy Of Brain
  • Open Biopsy Of Brain
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy And Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy With Fusion, Without Instrumentation
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy With Instrumentation And Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Thoracic Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Robotic Assisted Neurosurgery
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Cyst Removal
  • Spinal Intervention
  • Spinal Schwannoma Surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis Surgery
  • Spine Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spine Fusion
  • Spine Instrumentation
  • Spine Microsurgery
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Revision
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spondylosis Surgery
  • Stereotactic Brain Biopsy
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Surgery For Sciatica
  • Surgical Treatment Of Myelopathy
  • Tarlov Cyst Surgery
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Thoracic Laminectomy
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Thoracic Spine Fusion
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Transpsoas Approach
  • Tubular Discectomy
  • Ventricular Shunt
  • Ventriculo Peritoneal Shunt
  • Ventriculostomy
  • Vertebrae Surgery
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Practice locations

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9501 Old Annapolis Road
Suite 220
Ellicott City, MD, 21042

410-391-6904

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9103 Franklin Square Drive
Suite 302
Baltimore, MD, 21237

443-777-8807

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2900 South Hanover Street
Baltimore, MD, 21225

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Insurance

MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • CFBCBS EPO
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage
    • Aetna Better Health of Maryland
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Open POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open HMO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Network OA
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • United Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Tricare Prime
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus

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Education

Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Residency Program: New York University Langone Medical Center (2021)

Medical School: University of California San Francisco (2014)

Awards

  • Baltimore magazine, Top Doc - 2022 & 2023

News and publications


  • Benjamin C, Shah JK, Kondziolka D. Radiation-induced meningiomas. Handb Clin Neurol. 2020;169:273-284. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-804280-9.00018-4. PMID: 32553295.

  • Sughrue ME, Shah JK, Devin JK, Kunwar S, Blevins LS Jr. Utility of the immediate postoperative cortisol concentrations in patients with Cushing's disease. Neurosurgery. 2010 Sep;67(3):688-95; discussion 695. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000374722.50042.FF. PMID: 20651632.

  • Tong CK, Han YG, Shah JK, Obernier K, Guinto CD, Alvarez-Buylla A. Primary cilia are required in a unique subpopulation of neural progenitors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Aug 26;111(34):12438-43. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1321425111. Epub 2014 Aug 11. PMID: 25114218; PMCID: PMC4151724.

  • Shah JK, Potts MB, Sneed PK, Aghi MK, McDermott MW. Surgical Cavity Constriction and Local Progression Between Resection and Adjuvant Radiosurgery for Brain Metastases. Cureus. 2016 Apr 19;8(4):e575. doi: 10.7759/cureus.575. PMID: 27226936; PMCID: PMC4873317.

  • Ihrie RA, Shah JK, Harwell CC, Levine JH, Guinto CD, Lezameta M, Kriegstein AR, Alvarez-Buylla A. Persistent sonic hedgehog signaling in adult brain determines neural stem cell positional identity. Neuron. 2011 Jul 28;71(2):250-62. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2011.05.018. PMID: 21791285; PMCID: PMC3346180.

  • Tong CK, Fuentealba LC, Shah JK, Lindquist RA, Ihrie RA, Guinto CD, Rodas-Rodriguez JL, Alvarez-Buylla A. A Dorsal SHH-Dependent Domain in the V-SVZ Produces Large Numbers of Oligodendroglial Lineage Cells in the Postnatal Brain. Stem Cell Reports. 2015 Oct 13;5(4):461-70. doi: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2015.08.013. Epub 2015 Sep 24. PMID: 26411905; PMCID: PMC4624995.'

  • Potts MB, Shah JK, Molinaro AM, Blevins LS, Tyrrell JB, Kunwar S, Dowd CF, Hetts SW, Aghi MK. Cavernous and inferior petrosal sinus sampling and dynamic magnetic resonance imaging in the preoperative evaluation of Cushing's disease. J Neurooncol. 2014 Feb;116(3):593-600. doi: 10.1007/s11060-013-1342-9. Epub 2014 Jan 8. PMID: 24398617.


Ratings and reviews

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

    4.9
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.9
  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.9
  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.9
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    4.9
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.9
  • Nov 8, 2023

    Doctor showed concern and provided excellence bed side manner.

  • Sep 21, 2023

    I was Very IMPRESSED He showed me information on my MRI That I never knew.. And recommend an alternative OPTION

  • Sep 7, 2023

    Dr. Shah had a compassionate bedside manner and was a good listener. I felt included in the treatment planning.