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John J. Collins, MD

John J. Collins, MD

Professor and Chief

Center for Craniofacial Care
Spasticity Clinic
Spina Bifida

Children's Pavilion
Fredericksburg Multispecialty Center

Appointments: (804) 828-CHOR (2467)

Board Certifications

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Medical School

Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences


National Naval Medical Center


Primary Children's Medical Center, University of Utah School of Medicine

Fellowships in-folded into residency training:
- Neurosurgery at Allegheny General Hospital , six months
- Neuroendocrinology at National Institutes of Health, two months


BA, cum laude - Duke University

Areas of Interest

Cerebral cysts
Chiari malformations/syringomyelia
Childhood Brain Tumors
Intractable epilepsy
Pediatric head and spinal Injuries
Pediatric nerve and plexus Injuries
Spina bifida/spinal lipoma

Research Interests

Axonal pathway imaging and interfascicular exoscopic neurosurgery
Endoscopic neurosurgery
Innovations in shunt design, long-term outcomes
Neurosurgical applications of digital holographic neural-imaging

Recent Publications

Sedney CL, Harshbarger T, Orphanos J, Collins JJ: (2012) Penetrating Injury to the Superior Sagittal Sinus by a Nail in a Four Year Old: A Case Report. Pediatric Emergency Care 28(11): 1220-3.

Ohmori K, Collins JJ, Fukushima T: (2007) Craniopharyngiomas in Children. Pediatric Neurosurgery, 43(4): 265-278.

Nield LS, Nanda S, Someshwar J, DalCanto FC, Someshwar S, Collins JJ, Jaynes M: (2007) Cerebral palsy: a multisystem review. Consultant for Pediatricians, 6(6): 337-343.

Nield LS, Nanda S, Someshwar J, DalCanto FC, Someshwar S, Collins JJ, Jaynes M: (2007) Cerebral palsy: a multisystem review. Applied Neurology, 3(1): 29-35.

Rai AT, Collins JJ: (2005) Percutaneous treatment of pediatric aneurysmal bone cyst at C1, a minimally invasive alternative. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 26(1): 30-33.

Collins JJ, Walker ML: (2004) Non-syndromic craniosynostosis and abnormalities of head shape. Youman?s Neurological Surgery 5th Edition, eds Winn RH, Dacey RG (Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier).

Collins JJ: (1993) Intercellular interactions that effect nervous system growth, differentiation and regeneration. Molecular Genetics Of Nervous System Tumors, eds Levine AJ and Schmidek HH (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) pp 73-82.

Collins JJ, Messersmith DJ, Kromer LF: (1992) Effects of hemisectioned polymer channels on CNS axonal regeneration in transplants of extracellular matrix (ECM) terrains versus Schwann cell/ECM substrates. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 4:152.

Collins JJ, Kromer LF: (1990) Implanted Matrix-Filled Polymer Tubes Facilitate Axonal Regeneration After Traumatic Brain Lesions. Neurosurgery, 26:1074.

Collins JJ, Fisher WS: (1990) Vein of Galen aneurysm presenting with recurrent aseptic meningitis and subsequent spontaneous thrombosis. Surgical Neurology, 33:325-328.

Massoudi F, Collins JJ, Kromer LF: (1989) CNS axonal regeneration is influenced by transplants of matrix filled polymer tubes. Society of Neurosciences Abstracts, 15:1093.

Collins JJ, Kromer LF: (1989) Implanted Polymer Tubes Facilitate Axonal Regeneration After Fimbria/Fornix Lesion. Journal of Neurotrauma, 6:200-201, 1989.

Collins JJ, Phillips MC: (1982) The stability and structure of cholesterol-rich codispersions of cholesterol and phoshatidylcholine. Journal of Lipid Research, 23:291-298.


Dr. John Collins joined the VCU faculty in 2015 as Professor and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. His previous positions include:
- Medical Department Head, aboard a US Navy Nuclear Powered Cruiser
- Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, Naval Hospital Oakland (California)
- Neurosurgery Division Officer, aboard the US Navy Hospital Ship USNS Mercy (rose to rank of Commander)
- Chief of Neurosurgery, Tripler Military Hospital (Honolulu, Hawaii)
- Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Loma Linda Medical University
- Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, West Virginia University School of Medicine

Dr. Collins is a member of the following professional organizations:
- American Society of Pediatric Neurological Surgeons; 2005-present
- AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery; 1999-present
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons; 1995-present

Dr. Collins' personal interests include skiing, sailing, and playing the 12-string guitar.

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