Vikram Vadasseri Nayar, MD| Neurosurgery | MedStar Health

Vikram Vadasseri Nayar, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (493 reviews)

Specialities: Neurosurgery

Languages: English


About me

Vikram V. Nayar, MD, FAANS, is a board-certified neurosurgeon with advanced training and expertise in brain aneurysms, tumors, and spine surgery. He specializes in minimally disruptive microsurgical techniques. He has practiced at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital since 2010, and serves on the Georgetown University faculty as associate professor. He is the director of Cerebrovascular Surgery, and the surgical director of the Neuro ICU.

Dr. Nayar graduated from Harvard University in 1998. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland, followed by a surgical internship and neurosurgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He served as chief resident in neurosurgery at five hospitals in the Texas Medical Center: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Ben Taub General Hospital, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center, and Texas Children's Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

For several years, Dr. Nayar has been recognized as a Top Doctor in Neurosurgery by Washingtonian magazine.  He has received multiple Caring Star Awards and SPIRIT Awards from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He received the John Carroll Society Pro Bono Health Care Award from the Archbishop of Washington, for his charitable work in neurosurgery. He directs the Cerebrovascular Conference, for multidisciplinary evaluation of patients for microsurgical, endovascular, and Cyberknife treatments. He developed the treatment paradigm at MGUH for aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Active Member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has authored several publications in peer-reviewed journals and neurosurgery textbooks.

Dr. Nayar sees patients at the following location:
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-444-4972
Fax: 202-444-7333

Clinical areas of focus

  • Aneurysm
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Herniated Disc
  • Meningioma
  • Moyamoya
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Tumor
  • Trigeminal Neuropathy
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Berry Aneurysm
  • Brain Metastases
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Bulging Disc
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Clonic Hemifacial Spasm
  • Facial Spasm
  • Glioma
  • Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Meningioma
  • Moyamoya
  • Nerve Compression Of The Cervical Spine
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Tumor
  • Trigeminal Neuropathy
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Procedures I perform

  • Acoustic Neuroma Removal
  • Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Back Surgery
  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Clipping Of Brain Aneurysm
  • Craniotomy
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Approach
  • Endoscopic Neurosurgery
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Intracranial Arterial Bypass
  • Laminectomy
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microneurosurgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Microsurgery Of The Cervical Spine
  • Microsurgery Of The Lumbar Spine
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Posterior Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Resection Of Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Spinal Schwannoma Surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis Surgery
  • Spine Fusion
  • Spine Microsurgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Surgery For Sciatica
  • Surgical Treatment Of Myelopathy
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Practice locations

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


Fax 202-877-5551

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

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus



Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery

Fellowship Program: Harvard Medical School (2010)

Fellowship Program: Brigham and Women's Hospital (2010)

Residency Program: Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals (2009)

Internship Program: Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals (2004)

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine (2003)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

  • Provider listened carefully

  • Provider knew medical history

  • Provider showed respect

  • Provider spent enough time with patient

  • Jun 3, 2022

    Dr. Nayar is meticulous with every detail. He treats the patient in a calm educated manner instilling confidence. He provides thorough on-going follow-up. I have recommended Dr. Nayar to many people. He performed my cervical spine & herniated disc surgery. He is very professional and excellent surgeon.

  • May 20, 2022

    Medstar staff and particularly my doctor was the BEST. I tell everyone

  • May 6, 2022

    Dr Nayar was concerned and took his time to review the many test results I brought with me. So very gracious and understanding.