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Skilled WVU Neurosurgeons at Wheeling Hospital

WVU neurosurgeons have wide-ranging expertise in a comprehensive range of procedures. Patients seek them out from around the country and overseas and they are here, at Wheeling Hospital.

Charles L. Rosen, MD, PhD Charles L. Rosen, MD, PhD - Department Chairman
Dr. Charles L. Rosen, director of the department's research program, also has expertise in skull base surgery, spinal cord tumors, pediatric neurosurgery, and complex spine surgery. His research centers on new ways to improve stroke outcomes and to diagnose and treat brain tumors and injuries. Dr. Rosen received his medical degree and PhD from New York University and advanced training at George Washington University.

John J. Collins, MD, FAANS John J. Collins, MD, FAANS
Dr. John J. Collins is an expert in the neurosurgical care of children and adolescents. Prior to joining WVU, he was chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Lorna Linda University, and chief of neurosurgery at two major U.S. Navy hospitals. His specialties include skull-base techniques, spinal instrumentation, and the surgical application of advanced digital imaging technologies.

Joseph L. Voelker, MD Joseph L. Voelker, MD
Dr. Joseph L. Voelker has experience in a wide range of neurosurgical disorders and procedures, specializing in the neurosurgical treatment of aneurysms and AVMs, pituitary tumors and acoustic neurinoma. He received his medical degree from Indiana University and completed advanced training at Indiana University and the University of Western Ontario.

Sanjay Bhatia, MBBS Sanjay Bhatia, MBBS
Dr. Sanjay Bhatia is a neurosurgeon as well as an anesthesiologist. After earning his medical degree at Maulana Azad Medical College, he served a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Michigan; a surgery internship, anesthesiology residency and neuroanesthesia fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; and a neurosurgery residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Christopher P. Cifarelli, MD, PhD Christopher P. Cifarelli, MD, PhD
Dr. Christopher Cifarelli earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and performed his internship and residency at the University of Virginia. He also has a doctorate degree in developmental biology and teratology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He has served as staff neurosurgeon at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Hospital and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, as well as University Health Associates in Morgantown. Among the professional societies to which he belongs are the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Neuro-Oncology and the Society of Neuroscience.

David B. Cohen, MD David B. Cohen, MD
Dr. David Cohen, board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, received his medical degree at Albany Medical College in New York, and served his internship and a residency in pediatric neurosurgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. That is also where he served a fellowship in functional neurosurgery. He is a member of the American Medical Association and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and is a Fellow in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Ronald W. Hargraves, MD, FACS Ronald Hargraves, MD, FACS
Dr. Ronald W. Hargraves is trained and board certified in neurosurgery, with a fellowship in neurovascular surgery. He previously was stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital and also consulted at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Hargraves was a pilot with the U.S. Marine Corp and a physician with the U.S. Navy. He received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He served his residency in neurosurgery at the National Naval Medical Center, and completed his fellowship in neurovascular surgery at the Barrows Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Prior to joining WVU, he was in private practice at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, NY.