Dr. Gary Simonds, MD

Dr. Gary Simonds, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 61
Dr. Gary Simonds, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Roanoke, VA and has been practicing for 31 years. He graduated from UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Med School Piscataway/New Brunswick/Camden Nj in 1984 and specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

2331 Franklin Rd SW

Roanoke, VA 24014

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Chiari's Deformity
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more than 98% of peers
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more than 88% of peers
Brain Surgery
more than 65% of peers

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Dr. Simonds' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Simonds "Dr. Simonds was a biochemistry major at Dartmouth College. He went on to UMDNJ Rutgers Medical School as a recipient of an Army Scholarship where he was first in his class and was inducted into the AOA National Medical Honor Society. During medical school, he married his wife, Cindy, an occupational therapist. He enrolled in a 7 year neurosurgery residency program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. During this time he also trained at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Dr. Simonds practiced as an active duty Army neurosurgeon. He was active in the training of neurosurgical residents and medical students as an assistant professor of surgery at the USUHS. During his military tenure he was awarded for excellence in research and medical care. In 1995 he joined the neurosurgery service at Geisinger Medical Clinic and Janet Weiss Children's Hospital. In 2003 Dr. Simonds resettled in Roanoke. With former Geisinger partner Dr. Zev Elias, he initiated Carilion Clinic Neurosurgery, a full service neurosurgical team. As chief, he has created a 9 surgeon, 9 physician assistant department to provide around the clock neurosurgical coverage to the region and developed a residency neurosurgery program. Regularly, he gives talks and lectures to local medical personnel, community organizations, and students at VTCSOM, VCOM, and JCHS. He is active in national neurosurgical organizations. He is now collaborating with researchers from VTCRI and Virginia Tech College of Neurosciences to help advance care of neurological diseases. Known as a caring and down-to-earth physician, Dr. Simonds carries tremendous neurosurgical expertise. He has performed more than 12,000 procedures. There are very few neurosurgeons in the country who share this depth of surgical experience including pediatric neurosurgery, brain and spinal cord tumor surgery, and epilepsy surgery. He has vast experience in treating degenerative spine disease, spinal fractures, head injuries, and chronic pain. Dr. Simonds has special interest in physician mental wellness. He has collaborated with renown expert Dr. Wayne Sotile to create a wellness and resiliency program at Carilion and to publish a book on the subject. They are working on a second book for all medical training. Dr. Simonds recently received a Masters degree in Healthcare Delivery Science at Dartmouth College to help improve healthcare in Southwest Virginia."
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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

14  Conditions Treated

15  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

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  • UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Med School Piscataway/New Brunswick/Camden Nj
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • Walter Reed Army Institute Of Research
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed

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  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

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