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Neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, pain management physicians and rehabilitation specialists are committed to helping you make an informed decision on a spinal treatment plan that is right for you.


Anthony J. Caputy, MD

Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Board-Certified in Neurosurgery

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Anthony Caputy, MD is Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and Professor of Neurosurgery at The George Washington University. He serves as the director of medical education and the program director for neurosurgical residency at The George Washington University Medical Center. His clinical interests include general neurosurgery, epilepsy surgery, brain tumor surgery, spinal surgery, carpal tunnel syndrome, laser surgery and acoustic neuromas. He has been active in developing minimally invasive surgical approaches to spine and complex spine surgeries.

Dr. Caputy earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his internship in general surgery at the University of North Carolina and his residency in neurosurgery at Georgetown University. He pursued further training in neurotrauma as a fellow at the University of Maryland Hospital Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

He has developed and taught programs in endoscopic spinal surgery using minimally invasive techniques and in epilepsy surgery—the only such programs in the region. He has published numerous papers, abstracts and chapters and has authored the textbook Operative Neurosurgical Anatomy. Dr. Caputy's professional memberships include the American College of Surgeons, Epilepsy Foundation of the National Capital Area, the Washington Academy of Neurological Surgery, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Society of Neurological Surgeons.


Wayne Olan, MD

Director of Interventional and Endovascular Neurosurgery

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Wayne Olan, MD is board-certified in radiology, the Director of Interventional and Endovascular Neurosurgery, and an Associate Professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His clinical and research interests involve the endovascular treatment of cerebrovascular disorders, including the treatment of cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and the treatment of stroke. He performs aneurysm coiling, extra-cranial and intra-cranial artery stenting, embolization of arteriovenous malformation (AVM), and embolization of head/neck tumors. In addition, he has interests in the interventional treatment of spinal disorders.

Dr. Olan earned his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School. He completed residencies at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center in the Bronx, N.Y., and a fellowship in Neuroradiology at The George Washington University Medical Center.

Dr. Olan has published extensively on minimally invasive spinal interventions, endovascular treatments, and cervical abnormalities. He instructs on minimally invasive spinal techniques and is involved in the development of many devices in the spinal arena. He has also published and lectured on cerebrovascular abnormalities, especially revascularization, and stroke prevention and treatment.

He continues as a consulting physician to the National Institutes of Health and is a member of many professional societies including the Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology, American Medical Association, Medical Society of District of Columbia, American Society of Neuroradiology and American Society of Spine Radiology.


Michael K. Rosner, MD

Vice Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery; Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

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Michael K. Rosner, MD, is Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and a board-certified neurosurgeon. He is also a Professor of Neurosurgery at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Areas of clinical interest include complex spine disorders such as scoliosis and kyphoscoliosis; degenerative spinal pathology; spinal motion preservation and disc replacement; revision spine surgery and deformity correction; spinal oncology, minimally invasive spine surgery and neurotrauma.

Dr. Rosner holds a medical degree from Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. After medical school, he completed a neurosurgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as well as a fellowship in complex and reconstructive spine surgery at Northwestern University. He also served as a staff neurosurgeon at Walter Reed where he was later named Chief of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Rosner has received many research grants with a focus on spinal cord and column injuries in the active duty military population. In addition, he has also won numerous awards and has published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

He is on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/The Congress of Neurological Surgeons Spine Section. He also serves as chair-elect of the Scoliosis Research Society research committee. In addition, Dr. Rosner has been elected to the Senior Society of Neurological Surgeons. 


Warren D. Yu, MD

Chief, Spine Section, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Warren D. Yu, MD is currently the Chief of the Spine Section of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery as well as an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at The George Washington University School of Medicine. He is also the Director of Spine Surgery at George Washington University Hospital. Dr. Yu specializes in numerous spine procedures, including treatments for cervical disc herniation, cervical stenosis, lumbar degenerative disc disease and stenosis, spinal fusions, kyphoplasty, scoliosis and complex primary and revision spinal reconstructive surgery. In addition, Dr. Yu has interests in nonfusion procedures (disc replacement, X-Stop) for the treatment of cervical and lumbar spinal disorders, complex spine trauma and minimally invasive spine surgery.

Dr. Yu earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School and is a graduate of the Honors Program in Medical Education. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Additionally, he completed a fellowship in spine surgery at Case Western Reserve University Department of Orthopedics Surgery under Dr. Henry Bohlman.

He has published articles in various journals including Spine, The Journal of Spinal Disorders, and The Spine Journal.  Dr. Yu is active in national and international orthopaedic and spine societies with numerous paper and poster presentations and has authored several textbooks chapters. He remains active in clinical research and is the Faculty Coordinator for the George Washington University Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program.

Dr. Yu's professional memberships include the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Spine Arthroplasty Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.