Vinay R. Deshmukh, MD| Neurosurgery | MedStar Health

Vinay R. Deshmukh, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (52 reviews)

Specialities: Neurosurgery

Languages: English


About me

Vinay Deshmukh, MD, FACS joins the Department of Neurosurgery as Associate Professor and Neurosurgical Director of the MedStar Spine Governance Council. Dr. Deshmukh brings a distinguished 18-year career from Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates in Charlotte, North Carolina, the largest independent neurosurgery practice in the nation. He served on the Board of Directors for CNSA, was Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and Division Chief of Spine at Atrium Health. Among his many honors, Dr. Deshmukh was recognized by his colleagues as “Top Doc” for multiple consecutive years in Charlotte Magazine, and has been named a Castle Connelly “Top Doc.” He also had the privilege of being the Lead Neurosurgeon for NASCAR for nearly ten years.

Dr. Deshmukh’s clinical interests include:

  • Cerebrovascular surgery (brain aneurysm and AVM)
  • Spontaneous intracranial hypotension
  • Minimally invasive and robotic spine surgery
  • Cervical artificial disc surgery
  • Cervical microendoscopic foraminotomy
  • Cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL)

Dr. Deshmukh holds a patent for a bone delivery device used in minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery. He has been published in the leading neurosurgical journals and has given invited lectures on cranial and spine surgery around the globe. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Board of Neurological Surgeons, and the Joint Section on Spine and Cerebrovascular Surgery.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Aneurysm
  • Disc Surgery
  • Intracranial Hypotension
  • Meningioma
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Moyamoya
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acoustic Neurofibromatosis
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acromegaly
  • Anaplastic Mixed Glioma
  • Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma
  • Aneurysm
  • Aqueductal Stenosis
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Arnold Chiari Malformation
  • Arterial Malformation Brain
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Astrocytic Cancer
  • Astrocytoma Tumors
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Brain
  • Berry Aneurysm
  • Brain Metastases
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Bulging Disc
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Central Nervous System Tumors
  • Cerebellar Tumor
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebral Cyst
  • Cerebral Edema
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Fracture
  • Colloid Cyst
  • Compression Fracture
  • Cranial Nerve Disorders
  • Cranial Nerve Injury
  • Cranial Nerve Palsy
  • Ependymoma
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epidural Hemorrhage
  • Extradural Abscess
  • Facial Nerve Schwannoma
  • Facial Pain
  • Facial Spasm
  • Foot Drag
  • Ganglioglioneurocytoma
  • Ganglioma
  • Ganglioneuroblastoma
  • Ganglioneurocytoma
  • Glioma
  • Gliomatosis Cerebri
  • Gliosarcoma
  • Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Hemangiopericytoma
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniation Syndrome
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Intracranial Arterial Occlusion
  • Intracranial Hemangioma
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Intracranial Hypotension
  • Intracranial Mass
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Intraventricular Tumor
  • Kyphosis
  • Leptomeningeal Disease
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Brain Stem
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Cerebellum
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Frontal Lobe
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of The Spinal Cord
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningioma
  • Meningioma Of The Spine
  • Meningocele
  • Metastatic Brain Cancer
  • Moyamoya
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Arthritis
  • Neoplasm Of Brain Stem
  • Neural Foraminal Stenosis
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Non Ruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Olfactory Neuroblastoma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Optic Chiasm Injury
  • Optic Nerve Glioma
  • Optic Nerve Sheath Meningioma
  • Orbital Tumors
  • Periventricular Mass
  • Petrous Apex Tumor
  • Pilocytic Astrocytoma
  • Pineal Gland Parenchymal Tumor
  • Pituitary Adenoma
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Post Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Primary Brain Tumor
  • Prolactinoma
  • Radiculopathy
  • Rathke Cleft Cysts
  • Ruptured Brain Aneurysm
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Diseases
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spinal Schwannoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Injury
  • Spine Tumor
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Temporal Tumor
  • Trigeminal Neuropathy
  • Vascular Brain Tumors
  • Vascular Malformations Of The Brain
  • Vascular Malformations Of The Spine
  • Venous Malformation Brain
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Procedures I perform

  • Acoustic Neuroma Removal
  • Anterior Temporal Lobectomy
  • Back Surgery
  • Biopsy Of Brain
  • Biopsy Of Skull
  • Brain Surgery
  • Burr Hole
  • Cerebral Decompression
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Chiari Decompression
  • Clipping Of Brain Aneurysm
  • Cranial Puncture
  • Craniectomy
  • Craniocervical Junction Surgery
  • Craniotomy
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Endoscopic Neurosurgery
  • Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy
  • Image Guided Biopsy Of The Spine
  • Interspinous Device Placement
  • Intracranial Arterial Bypass
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Access Spine Surgery
  • Lobectomy Of Brain
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Drain
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Microsurgery
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Needle Biopsy Of Brain
  • Needle Biopsy Of Cerebral Meninges
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Open Biopsy Of Brain
  • Optic Nerve Decompression
  • Optic Nerve Surgery
  • Orbital Nerve Decompression
  • Resection Of Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Spinal Dural Graft
  • Spine Fusion
  • Spine Instrumentation
  • Standard Transsphenoidal Approach
  • Stereotactic Brain Biopsy
  • Surgical Treatment Of Myelopathy
  • Transnasal Repair Csf Leak
  • Transpetrosal Approaches
  • Ulnar Nerve Decompression
  • Ulnar Nerve Surgery
  • Ventricular Shunt
  • Ventriculo Peritoneal Shunt
  • Vertebroplasty
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Washington, DC, 20010


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6858 Old Dominion Drive
Suite 202
McLean, VA, 22101


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McLean, VA, 22101


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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
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Washington, DC, 20007


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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: University of Texas -Southwestern Medical Center (2003)

Residency Program: University of Texas -Southwestern Medical Center (2003)

Internship Program: University of Texas -Southwestern Medical Center (1998)

Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine (1997)


  • "Top Doc," Castle Connoly, 2021 "Top Doc," Charlotte Magazine, 2019, 2020, 2021 AOA Honor Society

News and publications


Deshmukh, VR, “Midline trough corpectomies for the evacuation of an extensive ventral cervical and upper thoracic spinal epidural abscess,” Journal of Neurosurgery Spine, 13 (2): 229-233,  August 2010.

Claytor, G, Deshmukh, VR, “Rehabilitation and Return to Competition of a High Level Athlete with Spondylolysis and Contact Sports Related Recurrent L5 Radiculopathy,” J. Athl. Enhanc 2016, 5:6, Dec. 2016.

Parish JM, Shields M, Jones M, Wait SD, Deshmukh VR. Proptosis, orbital pain, and long standing monocular vision loss resolved by surgical resection of spheno-orbital meningioma: A case report and literature review.  J Neurol Sur Rep. 2020 Jan;81(1):e28-e32.PMID: 32257766


“Adjacent Segment Degeneration in MIS TLIF versus Open TLIF,” oral presentation at Congress of Neurological Surgeons Oct. 2014

“Surgical Resection of Recurrent Spheno-Orbital Meningioma Presenting with Long Term Visual Loss,” oral presentation, Levine Cancer Insititue – Carolinas Medical Center, Aug. 2017

“Novel Surgical Approach to Repair of Ventral Spontaneous CSF Leaks,” invited lecturer, Duke CSF Leak Symposium, March 13th, 2021.

“Novel Surgical Approach to Repair of Ventral Spontaneous CSF Leaks,” MedStar Georgetown Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, June 17th, 2021.

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

  • Provider listened carefully

  • Provider knew medical history

  • Provider showed respect

  • Provider spent enough time with patient

  • Sep 22, 2022

    He saved my life. So of someone needs a specialist in that field

  • May 10, 2022

    Dr. Deshmukh is so easy to talk to. He pays attention, is communicative, kind, friendly. He will explain things and answer my questions. He has excellent bedside manners. He does not act like he is king and the only solution to anything. He is open to other medical insight and interventions, other types of doctors being included in figuring out treatment and such.

  • May 3, 2022

    Next steps were a little unclear. PT to avoid surgery? Was I to make follow up appt.? When etc.