Dr. Dilantha Ellegala, MD

Dr. Dilantha Ellegala, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 49
Dr. Dilantha Ellegala, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Forest, VA and has been practicing for 13 years. He graduated from UNIV OF WA SCH OF MED in 1995 and specializes in neurosurgery, cerebrovascular neurosurgery, and more.Read his story

1019 Vista Park Dr Ste A1

Forest, VA 24551

Contact Information

(888) 957-7463

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Top Care Areas

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Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
very high
more than 92% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 90% of peers
Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
more than 82% of peers

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Dr. Ellegala's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Ellegala "Graduating with honors from the University Of Washington School Of Medicine in Seattle, Dr. Ellegala continued his studies with a neurosurgical residency at the University of Virginia. He spent a year as the Senior Registrar at Auckland Hospital, New Zealand, gaining expertise in Cranial Neurosurgery. He then went on to become a Fellow in Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Tumor Neurosurgery at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital, perfecting the techniques of operating millimeter by millimeter along the fine network of blood vessels that surround the base of the human brain. Dr. Ellegala remained as a clinical instructor at Harvard collaborating with advanced engineering laboratories at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard. With them, he adapted ultrasonic surgical instruments to create the most precise tool available for spine and brain surgery. He continued a distinguished academic career researching and writing articles for prominent peer reviewed medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Ellegala's revolutionary advancements thrust him to the forefront of his field. He is widely renowned as the leader in ultrasonic spine surgery. Patients and physicians travel from all over the world to seek his care and guidance. "
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9  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
  • Critical Care Neurosurgery
  • Endovascular Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Skull Base Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Trauma Surgery
  • Neurovascular Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

74  Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm, Intracranial Berry
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Astrocytoma
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brainstem Glioma
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Glioma
  • Gliomatosis Cerebri
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydrocephalus Due to Congenital Stenosis of Aqueduct of Sylvius
  • Hydrocephalus, Adult
  • Hydrocephalus, Child
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Malignant Glioma
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Obstructive Hydrocephalus
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pediatric Spinal Tumor
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiation-Induced Meningioma
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Ruptured Aneurysm
  • Saccular Aneurysm
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma
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16  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Washington
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1986
    Medical School | Graduated 1995
  • University Of Washington Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1997
  • University of Virginia Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Harvard & Peter Bent Brigham Hosp
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2005

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Ellegala has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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My husband has alot of junk going on in his back. We were able to get into see Dr. Ellegala within 2 days of sending the requested information to them. I was impressed w/ the PA & Dr. Ellegala, both were informative & professional as well as concerned for not only my husband but also for me. the...Read More
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My husband and I drove three hours to Lynchburg and three hours back to have an appointment with Dr. Ellegala. I have scoliosis, stenosis, and bulging disc and am candidate for fusion which i am trying to avoid. I was really looking forward to this appointment for alternative. We were very...Read More
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Did GREAT job with neck surgery!!!
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Virginia Neurospine filed claim with my insurance stating that I had seen Dr Ellegala. An investigator from the insurance company called me and asked me which Dr had seen me. I truthfully stated that I had seen his RN and not Dr Ellegala. The insurance denied the claim and Dr Ellegala sent me...Read More
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did not have a successful serguary with this Dr. Have been in pain for months. Waited more than two hours to get medical records. Had 3 weeks to obtain them.I dont know who was at fault the DR. or the nurses or the staff.This Dr spreads him self too thin, meaning he is only his Lynchburg office...Read More
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