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Ananth Vellimana, MD, has joined the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery

Ananth Vellimana, MD
Ananth Vellimana, MD

Ananth Vellimana, MD, has joined the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery at Washington University as assistant professor on the investigator track.

“We are thrilled to have another dual-trained cerebrovascular neurosurgeon joining us as a new faculty member,” said Greg Zipfel, MD, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. “This will help us to continue to grow our stroke and cerebrovascular practice here at Barnes-Jewish Hospital while also enabling our establishment of a Thrombectomy Stroke Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peter’s Hospital this year.”

As a cerebrovascular and skull base surgeon, Vellimana has a unique skill set. 

“As a dual-trained cerebrovascular surgeon, I strive to provide the least invasive but durable, cutting-edge treatment to patients with complex neurosurgical diseases,” said Vellimana. “I want my patients to have the best possible outcome and the least amount of discomfort, as I would want for my own family.”

Ananth Vellimana, MD, with his wife Gayathri Krishnan, MD, and their son.

In addition to his clinical practice, Vellimana is developing a robust basic and translational vascular and traumatic brain injury research program.  His laboratory is located at the BJC Institute of Health research building.

While Vellimana’s route to joining the Neurosurgery faculty at Washington University was not traditional, and started over 12 years ago, in hindsight it seems as if it was destiny, according to Zipfel. 

After graduating at the top of his class from one the best medical school​s in India, Vellimana joined the Zipfel lab at Washington University as a post-doctoral researcher. After three years in Zipfel’s lab, Vellimana decided to pursue a career as a neurosurgeon-scientist and trained as a neurosurgery resident at Washington University. 

After residency, he spent a year at the University of Washington in Seattle where he completed a cerebrovascular and skull base surgery fellowship.

And this June, he completed a neurointerventional surgery fellowship with the Department of Radiology and Neurosurgery at Washington University.

During most of those 12 years leading up to his faculty position, Vellimana and his wife Gayathri Krishnan, MD, lived apart as she finished medical school, moved to the US, and completed medical school training. She is now a fellow in Infectious Diseases at Washington University.