Sinai Department of Neurosurgery

The Department of Neurosurgery is committed to excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of injury to and disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves.

Our specially trained, board-certified specialists use advanced technology and the most effective, appropriate procedures--including stent and shunt operations and radiosurgery-- to provide high-quality patient care with the goal of achieving the best possible outcomes.

Conditions Treated

We offer consultative and surgical services for many neurological conditions, including:

  • Brain tumors
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Brain malformations
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Degenerative spinal disease (disc herniations, stenosis)
  • Spinal instability
  • Adult hydrocephalus
  • Peripheral nerve entrapment and injuries
  • Complex pain syndromes


Diagnosis and Treatment

Our neurosurgeons use the most advanced diagnostic procedures and equipment, including MRIs, CT scans, diagnostic injection procedures, myelography, ultrasounds, EMG, and nerve conduction studies. In addition to surgical procedures, conservative approaches such as injections, oral medications and physical therapy are recommended when necessary.

Types of Surgical Care

In addition to a dedicated neurosurgical OR team, Sinai has state-of-the-art neurosurgical operating suites. Features include intraoperative neurologic monitoring, sophisticated microscopes, and the latest stereotactic surgical navigation equipment to precisely pinpoint lesions and minimize the difficulty and duration of surgery.

The highest level of postoperative care is provided in a modern intensive care unit staffed by physicians around the clock. Patient care on the neurosurgical floors is optimized by a dedicated team of neurosurgical nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Another brain cancer treatment offered at Sinai is the GliaSite Radiation Therapy System, an internal radiation therapy that delivers radiation directly at the site of a tumor from within the tumor cavity while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. Sinai neurosurgeons are also skilled in the insertion of chemotherapeutic (Gliadel) wafers into brain tumors.

Spine Services

The Spine Center at Sinai brings together specialists trained in neurosurgery, orthopedics, physiatry, radiology, physical therapy and interventional pain management to treat adults with degenerative and acute back and neck conditions resulting from trauma, illness or aging.

The Spine Center features a nine-bed inpatient unit, a dedicated physical therapy unit, and three operating rooms with the most advanced spine technology for managing and resolving spinal conditions. Each patient is assigned a primary care team consisting of a nurse, physical therapist and other support staff who ensure that all patients needs are being met. A preoperative orientation and tour of the Spine Center are offered to all patients.

Surgical procedures offered at the Spine Center include:

  • Anterior cervical discectomy
  • Kyphoplasty (minimally invasive treatment for osteoporotic compression fractures)
  • Posterior lumbar discectomy
  • Posterior lumbar decompression/laminectomy
  • Spine fusion (anterior and posterior)
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Spinal joint and nerve root injections for pain control


Sinai offers patients a seamless care plan that begins with accurate diagnoses and appropriate treatment followed by recommendations for rehabilitation.

At the Sinai Rehabilitation Center, specialized services for neuro-rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury and stroke are designed to restore patients to maximum function – physically, cognitively and psychologically. Treatment plans are tailored to patients' individual needs. Our specialists look to address mobility, cognition, nutrition, communication, depression, injury prevention, and behavior modification issues. Other services include physical, occupational and speech therapies, as well as therapeutic recreation and relearning activities. Support groups provide additional information about care and recovery and opportunities to meet others facing similar circumstances.

Pain Management

We offer a full range of interventional pain management approaches and therapies, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Medication management
  • Injections and nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency denervation
  • Discography
  • Implantable therapies (spinal cord stimulators, morphine and baclofen pumps, etc.)

LifeBridge Health Neurosurgical Associates

William Ashley, M.D., Ph.D.
5051 Greenspring Ave

Baltimore, MD 21209


Omar Zalatimo, MD,MPH
5051 Greenspring Ave
Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21209


Neal Naff, M.D.
2700 Quarry Lake Dr
Suite 360
Baltimore, MD 21209


Baltimore Neurosurgery & Spine Center

Ira Garonzik, M.D.
Michel Mirowski, MD, Off. Bldg
5051 Greenspring Ave., Ste. 101
Baltimore, MD 21209



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