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Dr. Donlin Long

Dr. Long was born in Rolla, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri in Columbia (MD 1959).  He was a graduate student (PhD.) and completed neurosurgery training at the University of Minnesota.  He trained in Pediatric Neurosurgery at Harvard and in Neuropathology at the NIH.

He began his academic career in 1967 at the University of Minnesota as Chief of Neurosurgery at the VA Hospital and rose to Associate Professor.  In 1973 he moved to Johns Hopkins to chair a Department of Neurosurgery which he founded and became Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He retired from those positions in 2000 but continued an active neurosurgery practice.  In 2010 he retired from surgical practice, but continues in active private practice and does many minimally invasive procedures for spinal pain.

In June 2010 he retired from Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.  He opened the practice which is the subject of this site and continues to see and treat patients actively.  This practice is un-related to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Dr. Donlin Long is dedicated to using his neuroscience expertise to improve patient care, both directly through his clinical practice and through his consultation services in areas of neuroscience education and professional practice, operating room design, medical liability, and product development.

Please see the Legal Consults and Neuroscience Consults pages for information on his particular expertise and contact information for these non-clinical services.

Dr. Long’s Clinical Practice is located in Lutherville, Maryland.  Our goal is to provide you with excellent care in a patient-friendly environment.  Dr. Long guides patients through the process of diagnosing their neurological symptoms and choosing the most appropriate option for treatment.  The Clinical Practice pages should provide you all the information you need to know about your visit, and the Spinal Pain Diagnostic Center has information to help you better understand the symptoms, treatments, and therapies for various spine problems, but we encourage you to ask us any questions that will help you feel comfortable with your visit and treatment.

Dr. Long has a broad experience in all aspects of neurosurgery. He was a pioneer skull-base surgeon and has one of the largest surgical series of acoustic neuromas. He has an equally large experience with diseases of the spine and the causes of spinal pain. His practice now focuses upon patients with spine pain, identifying the causes and treatments to avoid surgery, if possible. He has a special interest in patients with cysts of the spine (Tarlov cysts). A clinical research project which aims to determine when these cysts cause symptoms and how they are best treated is currently underway in collaboration with physicians in Toronto and Boston.

 Dr. Long was a founding member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS). He was one of the pioneer developers of Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS), Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS or DCS), and Nerve Stimulation (PNS). He was the principal investigator for the National Low Back Pain Study, introduced RF rhizotomy for back and neck pain, and has developed a comprehensive set of diagnostic blocks to assess the causes of spine pain.

Currently he is involved in research to introduce new artificial discs, develop injections to replace disc surgery, inject chemicals into disc and bone to relieve pain, and find improved ways to treat spinal cysts.

Dr. Long, with American Hospital Shared Services, has designed new concepts for operating room and intensive care construction.

He is a member of an international group dedicated to new concepts in medical education to assure the competency of graduates.

Dr. Long has extensive experience in analyzing and testifying in matters of medical liability, product liability, and professional competence/conduct.

Donlin Long's Curriculum Vitae