Neurosurgery - adult and pediatrics


  • Diagnosis of spinal pain
  • Minimally-invasive procedures for spinal disease
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Chronic Pain
  • Tarlov and Related Spinal Cysts

Dr. Donlin M. Long, MD, PhD is an experienced neurosurgeon who has been involved in all aspects of neurosurgery practice. He is best known as a skull base surgeon (acoustic tumors), and for his expertise in spine and pain. Dr. Long retired from Johns Hopkins and Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2010.   He no longer does major surgery, but in July 2010 opened a private clinical practice with emphasis upon diagnosing spinal problems and treating them with non-operative measures. He also consults on issues of legal liability, product development and liability, medical education issues, neuroscience centers, and operating room design.

Clinical Practice

Dr. Long consults on all neurosurgical diseases to help in diagnosis and decisions about treatment. While he no longer does major surgery, he provides advice about need for surgery, the types of operations available, and he can help with choice of surgeons and institutions.  He can refer any patient needing surgery to an appropriate surgeon.  

Legal Consults

Medical Liability

Dr. Long draws on his extensive knowledge and experience to provide expert opinions in assessing medical malpractice.

He also has experience in issues of product liability.

Product Development and Clinical Research

Dr. Long has been involved with many clinical research projects involving FDA requirements, study design, and safety and efficacy studies.

Neuroscience Consults

OR 21 - The Operating Room of the Future

Dr. Long has worked with industry and architects to develop unique operation room concepts.

Neuroscience Organization and Education

Dr. Long has been involved with development of the Neuroscience Center Concept, and has pioneered competency-based education.