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

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

4.9 out of 5 (209 reviews)

Specialties: Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery

Languages: English

443-777-6867

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

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9103 Franklin Square Drive
Suite 302
Baltimore, MD, 21237

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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
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Employee Health Plan (EHP)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • United Student Resources
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Golden Rule
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • D-SNP)
    • I-SNP
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • United Choice Plus
    • United Choice
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Navigate
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Select
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Cigna EPO
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Virginia Premier
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Tricare East Select
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA

Videos

Education

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
  • May 30, 2024

    Dr Shah is amazing!! He thoroughly listened to all my concerns and addressed every one of them he had thoroughly reviewed my record of all my past cervical surgeries and was well aware of me having four already he understood the pain that I was in and is determined to help me resolve it. I greatly appreciate him listening to me and going over thoroughly and patiently the MRI, CAT scan and x-rays of my cervical spine. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a neurosurgeon

  • Mar 27, 2024

    Very pleased with visit. Awesome Doctor.

  • Mar 22, 2024

    Thankful and satisfied.