Neal J. Naff, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Baltimore Magazine's 2018 Top Doctor badge Neal J. Naff, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chief, Department of Neurosurgery
LifeBridge Health
The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Phone:  410-601-4417
Fax:     410-601-7138

Dr. Naff sees patients at Quarry Lake Medical Center and at Crossroads Medical Center.
Quarry Lake Medical Center
2700 Quarry Lake Drive, #360
Baltimore, MD 21209
Crossroads Medical Center
4801 Dorsey Hall Drive, #220
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Neal J. Naff, M.D., F.A.C.S., completed a neurosurgical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital after earning a medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an undergraduate degree from the Virginia Military Institute. He has been on staff at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore since 1999 and was appointed Chief of Neurosurgery in 2003. In June 2016, Dr. Naff was appointed Chief of the Department of Neurosurgery for LifeBridge Health.

Dr. Naff was the first surgeon in Maryland to perform robotic-guided radiosurgery of the brain and spine. He has been voted as a “Top Doctor” in the field of neurosurgery in Baltimore Magazine’s surveys from 2008 through 2015.  Recognized as a Maryland/DC/Virginia “Super Doc” in the Washington Post, he was listed in U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural listing of Tops Doctors in America and was designated as “among the top 1% in the nation in his or her specialty.”  Dr. Naff was also awarded the “Vitals Compassionate Doctor” distinction, which is awarded to only 3% of active physicians in the United States.

Author of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts, Dr. Naff holds a faculty appointment at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he is active in the residency teaching program and has received both the chairman’s and residents’ teaching awards. He lectures locally and nationally on brain, spine, and peripheral nerve disorders. Dr. Naff belongs to several national neurosurgical organizations and has served on the executive committee of the Maryland Neurosurgical Society since 2002.

Professional Training

Fellowship in Neuroendovascular Surgery
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Internship and Residency in Neurological Surgery
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Medical School
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Undergraduate Studies
Virginia Military Institute

Areas of Expertise

Microsurgical Treatment of Brain Tumors
Dr. Naff utilizes the most advanced surgical and radiosurgical techniques to treat brain tumors, including frame-based and frameless neuronavigation, intraoperative brain monitoring and mapping, Gliadel wafers, and Gliasite radiation balloons.

Adult hydrocephalus
Brachial plexus and nerve injury
Brain hemorrhages and trauma
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Cervical myelopathy
Cervical radiculopathy
Cervical stenosis
Chiari malformations
Lumbar radiculopathy
Lumbar stenosis
Pituitary tumors
Peripheral nerve entrapment
Rheumatologic disorders of the cervical spine
Ulnar nerve entrapment
Spinal cord tumors  

Insertion of spinal cord & nerve stimulators (also known as neurostimulation therapy)
Insertion of baclofen pumps (also known as intrathecal drug delivery)