Dr. Kevin Michael McGrail, MD

Dr. Kevin Michael McGrail, MD

Dr. Kevin Michael McGrail, MD

Languages: English
Fax: (202) 444-7333

Contact this Provider:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
Conditions I Treat
  • acoustic neuroma
  • acromegaly
  • aneurysm
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • arteriovenous malformation (avm)
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Procedures I Perform
  • anterior vertebral body tethering
  • artificial disc replacement surgery in the cervical spine
  • artificial disc replacement surgery in the lumbar spine
  • biological enhancement of spine fusions
  • cervical decompression
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About the Provider

A faculty member since 1992, Kevin M. McGrail, MD, FAANS, FACS, has been chair of Neurosurgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Georgetown University School of Medicine since 2003. He treats both adult and pediatric patients.

Dr. McGrail received his medical degree from Tufts University in 1983, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his general surgery internship at the University of Maryland Hospital, followed by a residency in neurosurgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. While there, Dr. McGrail was also a research fellow in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. Subsequently, he received advanced specialized training in complex cranial and spinal surgery at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. McGrail is a national leader in neurosurgery and an active researcher and educator. He has published extensively in numerous peer-reviewed journals and text books, and has served as a past chair of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons membership committee, and a president of the Washington, DC, Academy of Neurosurgery.
For at least 15 years, Dr. McGrail has been recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a "Top Doctor."

Philosophy of Care

My goal is to find the correct diagnosis for all of my patients and then provide the most appropriate, individualized therapy to ensure their continued health and well-being.

Clinical Areas of Focus
  • Cerebrovascular surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Complex spinal surgery
  • Brain tumor surgery

  • Fellowship Program: Mayo Clinic of Rochester (1991)
  • Residency Program: Mayo Clinic of Rochester (1991)
  • Fellowship Program: Mayo Clinic (1991)
  • Residency Program: Massachusetts General Hospital (1990)
  • Fellowship Program: Massachusetts General Hospital (1985)
  • Internship Program: University of Maryland Medical Center (1984)
  • Internship Program: University of Maryland Medical Center (1983)
  • Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine (1983)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery

Anaizi AN, Sayah A, Berkowitz F, McGrail K.M.: Bow Hunter's syndrome: The use of dynamic magnetic resonance angiography and intraoperative fluorescent angiography. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014; 20:71–74.

Lee, D. L., Binning, M.F., Shanmugam, V.K., Schmidt, R. H., Couldwell, W.T., Meyer, M., Cupps, T., Douglas, A., McGrail, K.M.: Muslin-Induced Intracranial Vasculopathic Stenosis: A report of two cases. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. 2012, 114, 63-67.

Thomas, J.A., Watson, V., McGrail, K.M.: Surgical Management of a Paraclinoid Aneurysm Containing a Misplaced Neuroform Microstent. Neurosurgery. 2008, 63, 817-818.

Makuria, A.T., Rushing, E.J., McGrail, K.M., Hartmann, D.P., Azumi, N., Ozdemirli, M.: Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor ( (AT/RT) in Adults: Review of four cases. J. Neurooncol.2008, 88, 321-330.

Voyadzis, J.M., Panicker H, McGrail, K.M.: Kernohan's phenomena resulting from a traumatic left acute  subdural hematoma. Applied Radiology Online. 2007, 36.

Huang, M.C., McGrail, K.M. Incidental durotomy in cervical spinal Seminars in Spine Surgery. 2006, 18, 230-234.

Coppa, N.D, Kim, H. J., McGrail, K.M.: Spontaneous resolution of Syringomyelia and Chiari malformation Type I in a patient with cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea. Case report.  Neurosurg. 2006, 105; 769-761.

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Practice Locations
  • 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
    Washington, DC 20007
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  • 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
    Operating Room
    Washington, DC 20007
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Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Washingtonian magazine
  • Caring Star Award, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • The Paul A. Warren Award in Genetics, Tufts College, Medford, MA
  • Magna Cum Laude (Chemistry), Tuft College, Medford, MA
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA