Anthony M. Avellino, MD, MBA

Anthony M. Avellino, MD, MBA

Neurosurgery, Craniofacial, Hematology-Oncology

On staff since January 2003

Academic Title: Professor

  • Anthony M. Avellino, MD, MBA, FACS is the director of UW Medicine Neurosciences Institute located at the new Ninth and Jefferson building across from Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Avellino is Professor of Neurological Surgery and Professor of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is an attending neurosurgeon at Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital. He received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.

    He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Avellino has special expertise in minimally invasive endoscopic neurosurgery, complex spine problems, brain and spinal cord tumors, and hydrocephalus. Avellino is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and an active member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, American Association of Neurosurgeons and the Society for Research into Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida; he is also active in several Washington state medical organizations. He serves as editorial board member for the journals Pediatric Neurosurgery and Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. Avellino has directed multiple courses on neuro-endoscopy for residents and faculty. His research interests focus on investigations in the pathophysiology of hydrocephalus using proteomic and genomic techniques, and identifying biomarkers for the prognosis of cognitive outcome in hydrocephalus. Avellino is widely published and frequently serves as a guest lecturer.

    • Jessica Coeur d'Alene, ID 10.23.13

      Dr. Avellino has made it possible for my fiance to be somewhat comfortable. He has a rare subarachnoid cyst that Dr. Avellino has installed a shunt two different times for my fiance. Although without the initial help of Dr. Richard Rapport years back, my fiance would be worse off today. Avellino prescribed proper non-narcotic prescription as well for pain and discomfort that my fiance found as a breakthrough in easing pain and discomfort without pain killers. Each day is still a challenge for my fiance. Now, I think about how he can help get his hands and fingers moving again. There has to be medical progress to help with "permanent nerve damage." There is still constant maintenance to ensure the shunt doesn't get clogged or off-track. So commuting from Coeur d'Alene to Seattle may have to end for us...we have to move back to Seattle.

    • Ashleigh Seattle, wa 01.27.13

      He is so helpful, he rocks! Thank you so much!

    • Sarah Olathe, KS 10.30.12

      Dr. Avellino is an amazing surgeon. He did a repair for Lipomyelomeningocele on my son at 4 months old. It was one of the hardest things I went through. Dr. Avellino reassured me and kept me updated throughout the 4 hr. surgery. He did an amazing job and my son is 10 years old now. He has no symptoms of the lipomyelomeningocele. I am grateful for the amazing surgery he did. My son lives a normal and active life with no complications from his condition and I am confident this is because of the surgery performed by Dr. Avellino. Simply the best neurosurgeon! If my son ever needs this surgery again, I will be flying him from where we live in Kansas to Seattle for the neurosurgeons at Children's to perform.

    • Kathy Annapolis, MD 05.11.12

      Dr. Avellino saved my son's life 11 years ago! Nick fell out of a shopping cart and hit the side of his head on the ground. I brought him to our area hospital, who then called for Hopkins to come get Nick by ambulance. Hopkins was told to take their time, Nick was stable. Four hours later, the crew from Hopkins was quite worried when they saw my son's original scans. He was rushed to Hopkins, where is epidural hematoma had gone from a small bleed to blood filling up a third of his skull! Dr. Avellino operated on Nick and saved his life! We were even told during the operation that Nick was probably going to die. If he survived, he would have severe mental disabilities! Thanks to the AMAZING job of Dr. Avellino, Nick is about to turn 16 and is finishing his sophomore year in high school with over a 3.6 GPA in all honors classes!

    • Nicole Tukwila, Wa 03.30.11

      Dr Avellino is one of the best doctors I have meet. He did a neck surgery for my 5 year old son and he did an awsome job. He is the only doctor I would trust to do any furture surgeries on my son. Thank you Dr Avellino for everything you have done for us!

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014


Medical/Professional School

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgery, New York


Neurological Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle


Neurological Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Hydrocephalus Complex Pediatric Spine

Research Focus Area

Neuroscience / Neurodevelopment