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Brian McHugh, MD, FAANS, FACS

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

I am a board certified Neurosurgeon focusing on all aspects of spinal surgery. I have fellowship training in minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal oncology, and Scoliosis surgery in both children and adults.

After completing my residency at Yale University I was the ‘John Cobb’ Fellow in Adult and Pediatric Scoliosis at the Hospital for Special Surgery. I went on to practice in the Washington DC area and became Chief of Neurosurgery at the INOVA Alexandria hospital focusing on Complex Spine Surgery and Pain Management. My family and I, including our dog Mabel, moved to Long Island, NY, in 2019, and look forward to giving back to the community we live and work in.

In my practice, I often combine my experience in minimally invasive surgery with scoliosis/deformity surgery, to find focused solutions for conditions that are typically treated with larger surgeries.

Another interest of mine is motion-preserving surgery, namely disc replacement. This is a burgeoning field—an alternative to spinal fusion—when and where it is appropriate. I see motion preservation as the future for spine health.

It is my privilege to treat patients of all ages with all sizes of spinal pathology. I hold the mantra of Georgetown University, my alma mater, ‘cura personalis’, meaning to ‘treat the whole patient’, to heart. I take a conservative approach tailored to each patient, to maximize their goals, and only think of surgery as a last resort.


“Getting an appointment was quick and easy. The ladies I spoke with were all very professional, friendly, and helpful, whether it was a phone call or in-person visits. Being able to complete paperwork online before going to the office was convenient as well. Dr. McHugh was very professional and gave a clear and honest opinion and plan moving forward.”

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