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Ashok Asthagiri, MD

Ashok R Asthagiri, MD

Department: Neurological Surgery Division: General Neurological Surgery Appointment Title: Associate Professor ABMS Certification: Neurological Surgery Other Appointment: Director, Neurocuteaneous Disorder Program

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P.O. Box 800212 Charlottesville, VA 22908 Phone: 434.243.2757 | Fax: 434.243.2774 Other Locations:
Neuro Oncology


Ashok Asthagiri was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and emigrated to the United States in 1982. He grew up in the state of Ohio where he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Akron and received his medical degree from the Northeastern Ohio Medical University in 2001. After graduating from medical school he completed his general surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. During residency, he performed enfolded fellowships in general neurosurgery at the Auckland City Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand and neuropathology at the University of Virginia. Upon completion of residency, he joined the Surgical Neurology Branch in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. During his 6 years at the NIH, he focused his clinical and research efforts on reducing the burden of disease in patients with multiple neoplasia syndromes such as NF1, NF2 and VHL. His efforts were recognized by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section on Tumors and he was awarded the Tumor Young Investigator Award in 2011. 

He rejoined the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia in 2013 where he leads a multidisciplinary effort in the treatment of neurocutaneous disorders, contributes to the basic and clinical research program in the Department of Neurosurgery and is actively involved in resident physician (Associate Program Director) and medical student education (Medical Student Elective Co-Director). He has served as course faculty in multiple didactic/practical skull base workshops and is the Director of the Microsurgical Anatomy and Skull Base Laboratory at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Asthagiri is a recognized leader in organized neurosurgery, having served on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons since 2010. In supporting the educational mission of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. Asthagiri has served as the Chair of the Research Committee, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Self-Assessment in Neurological Surgery (SANS). He is active in the Scientific Program Committee, which serves to keep neurosurgeons and affiliated health care professionals, both domestic and international, appraised of cutting edge technology and advances in the field while providing a broad spectrum of learning opportunities through large, multi-day annual meetings.

He married Heather Asthagiri, MD, of Columbia, Tenessee in 2010. She is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at UVA. They are the proud parents of Avani Lynn and Arjun James.


  • 2015-2018 Best Doctors in America® List 


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