Dr. James Melisi, MD


Neurosurgery | Male

Dr. James Melisi, MD

Dr. James Melisi, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Henrico, VA. He is 57 years old and has been practicing for 31 years. Dr. Melisi is affiliated with Bon Secours - St. Mary's Hospital, Bon Secours - Memorial Regional Medical Center and Henrico Doctors' Hospital.

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Dr. Melisi's Performance
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    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (14)
Glen Allen, VA |
I have had 4 spine surgeries by 4 different Neurosurgeons over many years and Dr. Melisi is by far the most skillful, perceptive, intuitive and intelligent I've met. He takes the time to sit with you and intently listen to what you have to tell him. He is straight up with you and gives you the best suggestions for your situation and future.
Hampton, VA |
Great Dr. Direct and caring. Tells you exactly like it is.
in Richmond, VA |
Highly recommend. Excellent surgeon. Very quick recovery time.
Santa Fe, NM |
replaced collapsed disks in my neck. Great experience. He is an excellent doctor. I recommend him to everyone needing a neurosurgeon, I know four other people who were his patients and had surgeries. They all highly recommend him as well.
in Chesterfield, VA |
Recently operated on my back L3 & 4. I was in terrible pain. He explained everything fully and I personally think he is a wonderful doctor.
in Midlothian, VA |
Dr. James Melisi believed he could help me when others said it was hopeless. He's the first surgeon whom took time explaining the MRI's. His surgical skill and believing in what is right for the patient, not what the insurance co "thinks" is right is above anything I have encountered. I have my life back as best as it can be after being ruined by another dr in area. There is SO much more I could say but not enough space. He's my "Dr. House", and my only regret is he didn't do my 1st surgery
in Garner, NC |
Worst doctor experience of my entire life. I got there 20 min early, and proceeded to wait 2 HOURS until being called back. After 10 min, Dr Melisi said there was nothing he could do and sent me on my way. I proceeded to get a $300 bill for the assessment, & TWO MONTHS LATER I get a call from my insurance company saying the doctor's office has still not processed the payment. Many calls/hours later found out it was because the doctor had registered the wrong address with UHC. Do not recommend.
in Richmond, VA |
I would recommend Dr. Melisi any day. He performed a ACDF a few weeks ago and I can happily say that he is my hero. I have been in pain for over 7 years but since removing the herniated disk from my neck, the pain has gone down significantly. I can pretty much function without much pain medication. If I had to do it again I would. Dr. James Melisi and his nurse Nove are the best.
in Richmond, VA |
I would recommend Dr. Melisi any day. He performed a ACDF a few weeks ago and I can happily say that he is my hero. I have been in pain for over 7 years but since removing the herniated disk from my neck, the pain has gone down significantly. I can pretty much function without much pain medication. If I had to do it again I would. Dr. James Melisi and his nurse Nove are the best.
Henrico, VA |
I liked his direct approach and made me feel confident that the surgery would be a success and I would be back to normal very quickly. Everything went smoothly and I greatly appreciated the communication (both from him and Chris, the PA), before during and after surgery. I understood what was to be expected from the surgery and timeline of recovery. I highly recommend Dr Melisi and his team!
in Mechanicsville, VA |
After significant neck, and shoulder pain for years, for 3 months until Feb 2016 there was no relief. Had 5 visits to Chiropractor and 2 Massages. After an MRI, I was referred to Dr. James Melisi, who explained the severe narrowing between Cervical 4-5 and 5-6. He was very patient, fully and kindly explaining what was needed and answering my many questions. Surgery went very well, and recovery is also going well, pretty much pain free. I highly recommend him. Robert in Mechanicsville.
in Richmond, VA |
Six weeks ago Dr. Melisi performed surgery on the narrowing of my spinal canal which was almost completely closed at #3,4 and 5. After reviewing my MRI he quickly diagnosed the problem and scheduled me for surgery as soon as he could. He was very patient and caring when he met with my family after surgery. My recovery has gone very well. I admire Dr. Melisi's precision skills and appreciate all he has done for me. I highly recommend him for neurological surgery. Mary M. Ouellette 3/31/16
in Deltaville, VA |
After having a problem for the past two or three years, I was fortunate to be connected with Dr. Melisi. He immediately saw that I had a stenosis problem which was the cause of my disability. Within a week he performed surgery on my back. By the day after surgery, I had improved leg function that I had not had for the past two or three years. Dr. Melisi and his support staff are the best in my opinion. I would recommend him without any reservation.
in Highland Springs, VA |
Dr. Melisi was great! I am no longer in excruciating pain or any pain! The sensitivity to hot and cold water no longer exist; the numbness in my arms have ceased! I did loose my voice but it returned. I was back at work within 2mths. I would recommend Dr. Melisi to anyone requiring this type of surgery.
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  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease


  • Medical School
    SUNY Dwnstate M C Coll Med

    Graduated in 1986

  • Internship Hospital
    Washington Hospital Center

    Completed in 1987

  • Residency Hospital
    George Washington University

    Completed in 1993

  • Fellowship Hospital
    National Institutes Of Health Clinical Center

    Completed in 1991

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities