About Us

Virginia Neurosurgeons was founded in 2001 based upon a simple premise: bring the best, highly specialized, academic neurosurgeons together in a private, patient-centric neurosurgical program. Our goal is to offer patients the best of all worlds: the most advanced neurosurgical care in a compassionate, healing environment.

Virginia Neurosurgeons is recognized as a leader in the field of neurosurgery in the Mid-Atlantic region and throughout the U.S. Since its inception, Virginia Neurosurgeons has cared for over 23,000 patients from 37 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 8 foreign countries.

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In Memory of Dr. Charles J. Riedel (1958 - 2016)

Dr. Riedel was a leading neurosurgeon in the greater Washington, DC metro region, and the founding physician here at Virginia Neurosurgeons.

Our Physicians

Donald C. Wright, MD

Dr. Wright received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1975 and completed his residency under Charles B. Wilson, MD, at the University of California, San Francisco in 1982. He has held academic positions at the National Institutes of Health (Surgical Neurology Branch), Georgetown University, the Oregon Health Sciences University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the GWU Medical Center.

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Abraham Kader, MD

Dr. Kader completed his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine in 1987 and completed his neurosurgery residency at Columbia University, Columbia- Presbyterian Medical Center. He was the Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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Sid Chandela, MD

Dr. Chandela received his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University with Honors and completed his residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Chandela is one of only 90 "hybrid-trained" neurosurgeons nationwide (trained in both endovascualar and traditional open neurosurgical procedures) and is the only one in Northern Virginia to offer microsurgical and endovascular treatment options for cerebrovascular disease.

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Richard D. Murray, MD

Dr. Richard D. Murray is a Neurosurgeon with a full-time practice at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA. In addition to general neurosurgery and spine surgery, he specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques in the treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, skull base lesions, meningiomas, pituitary tumors and trigeminal neuralgia. He has advanced training and expertise in endoscopic surgery for skull base tumors as well as minimally invasive brain and spine surgery.

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Nikhil R Nayak, MD

Dr. Nayak completed his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University, and earned his MD and MHS degrees from the Yale University School of Medicine. While at Yale, he was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) research fellowship to study the genetics of cerebrovascular diseases.

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Committed to Excellence

All of our surgeons are members of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, an organization dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to promote the highest quality of patient care.

Some of Washington, DC’s Very Best Doctors

Our surgeons have been recognized among the very best of the metro DC region, as voted on by area doctors.

First Computerized Concussion Program

We are the first concussion program to introduce computerized neuropsychological testing and standardized return-to-play protocols in the Mid-Atlantic area. Virginia Neurosurgeons has applied these protocols to athletic programs at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.

First CyberKnife Radiosurgery Unit in Northern Virginia

Virginia Neurosurgeons is the first CyberKnife® radiosurgery unit in Northern Virginia for comprehensive care of the most complex tumors of the brain and spine.

Clinical Staff

Alexandra Laskey, PA-C

Alexandra received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies and Bachelor of Health Sciences from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Alexandra is board certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She enjoys golfing, skiing, traveling, and hiking. Alexandra joined Virginia Neurosurgeons in November 2015.

Sarah Hostert, PA-C

Sarah completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Duquesne University. She earned her Bachelor of Health Sciences from Duquesne University. Sarah is board certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants. Sarah joined Virginia Neurosurgeons in 2016.

Only Endovascular and Microvascular Surgeon in Northern Virginia

Dr. Chandela is the first fellowship-trained endovascular and microvascular neurosurgeon (non-military) in the region and still the only one in Northern Virginia.

First O-arm Intraoperative Scanner in the Mid-Atlantic

We have the first O-arm intraoperative scanner for spinal navigation in the Mid-Atlantic and only the 14th worldwide. Our neurosurgeons are among the most experienced in this technique in the U.S., and regularly lecture and teach at national and international venues.


Adrienne Blackstone, CPC, COC, CPMA, CPC-I Practice Manager

Adrienne studied at the University of Maryland eastern shore. She joined Virginia Neurosurgeons, PC in 2001. Adrienne is a member of the MGMA, AAPC and she is an CPC instructor. In her free time she enjoys family and travel.

Region’s Most Experienced Brain Tumor Surgeon

Dr. Wright is the most experienced brain tumor surgeon in the Mid-Atlantic region, having operated on more than 4500 brain tumors. He is nationally and internationally renowned for his surgical expertise in complex cranial base tumors, including acoustic neuromas, clival chordomas, petro-clival meningiomas and pituitary adenomas.

Region’s Most Experienced Microvascular Decompression Surgeon

We offer comprehensive care for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm with the region’s most experienced microvascular decompression surgeon, as well as percutaneous techniques and radiosurgery.

Leaders in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

We are leaders in minimally invasive spinal (MIS) surgery, we performed one of the first thoracoscopic discectomies in the US in 1994 and continue to lead in the newest MIS technologies, including fully navigated guide-wireless percutaneous spinal stabilization.

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