Vinay R. Deshmukh, MD| Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery | MedStar Health

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

4.9 out of 5 (196 reviews)

Specialties: Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery

Languages: English


About me

Vinay Deshmukh, MD, FACS, is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.  His career, spanning over twenty years, began at the largest independent practice in the nation at Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates (CNSA) where he served on the Board of Directors and was Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.  At MedStar Health, he has developed a highly respected clinical and research based practice focusing on cerebrovascular and skull base surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spontaneous CSF leaks.  His leadership roles include serving as the Neurosurgical Director of the MedStar Spine Governance Council and Co-Director of the MGUH CSF Leak Center.  Among his many honors, Dr. Deshmukh was recognized by his peers as “Top Doc” for multiple consecutive years in the Carolinas, in Washingtonian Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, and nationally by Castle Connolly.  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)
  • Cranial and Spinal CSF Leaks
  • Minimally invasive, endoscopic, and robotic spine surgery
  • Cervical and lumbar artificial disc and joint preserving surgery
  • Cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL)

Dr. Deshmukh holds a patent for surgical instrumentation, has been published in 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 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 Brain Neoplasm
  • 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 Neuralgia
  • 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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5454 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1100
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815


Fax 855-861-2080

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Floor 7
Washington, DC, 20007


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1420 Beverly Road
Suite 205
McLean, VA, 22101


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12825 Minnieville Road
Suite 202
Woodbridge, VA, 22192


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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
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Signature and Select (aka Senior Advantage)
    • 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)
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • 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
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Network OA
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Tricare Prime
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • United Student Resources
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • First Health PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP


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," Washingtonian Magazine, 2023 "Top Doc," Northern Virginia Magazine, 2023 "Top Doc," Castle Connolly,  since 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.

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  • Nov 30, 2023

    Doctor Vinay Deshmukh Is one of the best doctors I have had the good fortune to encounter

  • Nov 21, 2023

    Dr Deshmukh very concerned about my problem. Very informative and caring about me and the next steps of my treatment

  • Nov 21, 2023

    Dr Deshmukh was as nice and caring as any Dr we have been to. He listened and offered us some hope and we look forward to continuing under his care. Thank you, Dr Deshmukh!!