Dr. Mahesh Shenai, MD

Dr. Mahesh Shenai, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
40 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Mahesh Shenai, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Fairfax, VA and has been practicing for 5 years. He specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

Inova Medical Group - Neurosurgery

8503 Arlington Blvd Ste 200

Fairfax, VA 22031
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Shenai performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Chiari's Deformity
very high
more than 96% of peers
Brain Surgery
more than 75% of peers
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
more than 73% of peers

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Dr. Shenai's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Shenai "Dr. Mahesh B. Shenai, MSE, MBA is a board certified and fellowship-trained neurosurgeon, with over 5 years of clinical and surgical experience. He specializes in the surgical treatment of movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia), with expertise in deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy. He serves as the director for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at the Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute. Dr. Shenai has a special interest in bringing new surgical technologies to Inova and to provide the Northern Virginia community with cutting-edge care. He has been on the forefront of intraoperative imaging and computer-aided surgical navigation for complex spine instrumentation, allowing for maximum precision and accuracy during spinal surgery. More recently, Dr. Shenai performed an "asleep" DBS implantation directly in an MRI scanner – the first procedure of its kind in the DMV area. Inova is now only one of approximately 50 centers worldwide that can offer this unique type of procedure. Before arriving at Inova in 2013, Dr. Shenai served as a clinical instructor in neurosurgery at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he also directed the charity care clinic. He completed his residency and fellowship at UAB after graduating from the University of Michigan Medical School, where he was awarded a Howard Hughes fellowship. Dr. Shenai completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University and was named a prestigious Goldwater Scholar and a USA Today College Academic All-American. Dr. Shenai is a native of Michigan and currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter."


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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

50  Conditions Treated

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


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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 Michigan Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • University of Alabama
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2011
  • University of Alabama
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2013

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Shenai has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Shenai's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Shenai to family and friends
14 total reviews (8 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (14)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Shenai's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (8)

Visited after referral for second opinion. He was rude, in a hurry and though I provided an MRI, I am not certain that he looked at it but did quote the radiologist. There is "a question of ..." a cyst on spine. He stated he didn't even know if it existed and told me to come back in 6 months. I...more
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We traveled a long distance to see Dr.Shenai and we are very pleased. I have Parkinsons, and was placed on many medications. Though it initially worked, my condition slowly worsened -- my neurologist said I should consider deep brain stimulation, or DBS, and referred us to Dr.Shenai. He spent a lot...more
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I had a very POSITIVE experience with Dr.Shenai. I came to his office after seeing two other neurosurgeons, both wanted to do a spinal fusion on me, with rods and screws and the like. Instead of only looking at my MRI, Dr.Shenai actually listened to me -- and suspected that my pain was coming from...more
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We consulted Dr. Shenai after my mother had emergency surgery in another state for a broken neck. It did not appear he had read any of her case file. He kept stating he did not know what procedure was done, the implants used, etc. though this information was sent to him weeks before. We asked...more
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I had a condition where arthritis in my spine began to pinch off my spinal cord, and I was losing strength in my hands and legs. Dr.Shenai did a spinal fusion in my neck and relieved the pressure on my spinal cord, and my strength almost immediately started to return! Now, after physical therapy...more
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