Mani Nathan Nair, MD| Neurosurgery | MedStar Health
Mani Nathan Nair

Mani Nathan Nair, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.6 out of 5 (668 reviews)

Specialties: Neurosurgery

Languages: English

202-444-7333

About me

Nathan Nair, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon within the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Neurosurgery, and director of the hospital’s neurosurgical residency program. He is also an associate professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery and member of the Brain and Spinal Tumor Board.

Dr. Nair treats a variety of conditions affecting the brain, neck, and spine using surgical, nonsurgical, and minimally invasive techniques. He specializes in treating aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM), brain tumors, and spinal stenosis. His research interests include surgery for brain metastases, and the global and regional impact of disease, including stroke.

Dr. Nair’s philosophy of care is to value every patient as an individual, focusing on developing specific treatment plans unique to each person. He also believes in following a conservative, nonsurgical approach to care whenever possible. Dr. Nair collaborates with specialists throughout a wide range of clinical departments to examine all treatment options before considering surgery. When surgery is necessary, however, he presents patients with all appropriate surgical techniques and recovery expectations to ensure the best possible outcome with minimal pain and recovery time. Essential to his approach is including patients in the treatment plan.

Dr. Nair received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He went on to complete his internship, residency and a fellowship in neurosurgery at the University of Washington Medical Center. He is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons, as well as president of the Washington Academy of Neurosurgery.

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

  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Acoustic Neurofibromatosis
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acromegaly
  • Aneurysm
  • Arnold Chiari Malformation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Berry Aneurysm
  • Brachial Nerve Tumors
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Brain Metastases
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Bulging Disc
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Cerebellar Tumor
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Fracture
  • Chordoma
  • Choroid Plexus Tumor
  • Clivus Chondroma
  • Compression Fracture
  • Dystonia
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epidural Hemorrhage
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Extradural Abscess
  • Facial Spasm
  • Foot Drag
  • Ganglioglioneurocytoma
  • Ganglioma
  • Ganglioneuroblastoma
  • Ganglioneurocytoma
  • Glioma
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Hemangiopericytoma
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intracranial Hemangioma
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Intracranial Mass
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Intraventricular Tumor
  • Kyphosis
  • Malignant Brain Neoplasm
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of The Spinal Cord
  • Meningioma
  • Meningioma Of The Spine
  • Meningocele
  • Metastatic Brain Cancer
  • Moyamoya
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Arthritis
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Pituitary Adenoma
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Post Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Primary Brain Tumor
  • Prolactinoma
  • Radiculopathy
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Skull Fracture
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Cord Anomalies
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Diseases
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spinal Schwannoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Tumor
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Spongioblastoma
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Temporal Tumor
  • Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Vascular Brain Tumors
  • Vascular Malformations Of The Brain
  • Vascular Malformations Of The Spine
  • Vertebral Epiphysitis
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Procedures I perform

  • Acoustic Neuroma Removal
  • Anterior Temporal Lobectomy
  • Back Surgery
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebral Decompression
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Chiari Decompression
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Decompression Median Nerve At Elbow
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Dorsal Column Stimulator
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Access Spine Surgery
  • Lesionectomy
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Drain
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Microsurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Spinal Dural Graft
  • Spine Embolization
  • Spine Fusion
  • Spine Instrumentation
  • Spine Stapling
  • Spondylectomy
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Ulnar Nerve Decompression
  • Ulnar Nerve Surgery
  • Ventricular Shunt
  • Ventriculo Peritoneal Shunt
  • Vertebroplasty
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 7th Fl Neurosurgery
Washington, DC, 20007

202-444-4972

Fax 202-444-7333

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18109 Prince Philip Drive
Suite 300
Olney, MD, 20832

301-570-8554

Fax 301-570-8556

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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 Open Choice (PPO)
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • 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
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Anthem Plus BCBS of VA HealthKeepers Plus
    • Anthem (POS & Open Access POS) BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • Anthem HMO - BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • 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
    • 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
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Navigate
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • 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
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA

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Education

Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery

Residency: University of Washington School of Medicine (2010)

Medical School: Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition (2002)

Ratings and reviews

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

    4.6
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.6
  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.6
  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.7
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    4.6
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.6
  • Apr 30, 2024

    I very much appreciate the way Dr Nair took a step back to get a clear idea of my principal medical concerns. Dr Nair also walked through the reasons I had each of several imaging studies performed so that he could get a clear overall understanding of my medical conditions.Most importantly, I appreciate Dr Nair's approach of treating the patient and addressing the patient's concerns, rather than primarily focusing on fixing or treating the MRI abnormalities (which may or may not be clinically relevant). Dr Nair was exceptional in that regard.

  • Apr 23, 2024

    Dr Nair's office is my favorite

  • Mar 12, 2024

    Always concerned about my health issues and definitely make me aware of things that I can do to get healthier as far as my back issues are concerned