Gary R. Simonds

Professor
  • A.B. Biochemistry, Darmouth College
  • M.D., Rutgers University School of Medicine
  • Masters of Health Care Delivery Science, Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
  • Intern, Surgery Walter Reed Army Medical Center Bethesda, MD
  • Fellow, Medical Research Fellowship Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Bethesda, MD
  • Resident, Neurosurgery Walter Reed Army Medical Center Bethesda, MD
2331 Franklin Road SW
Roanoke, VA 24014

Dr. Simonds was a biochemistry major at Dartmouth College. He went on to UMDNJ Rutgers Medical School as a recipient of an Army Scholarship where he was first in his class and was inducted into the AOA National Medical Honor Society. During medical school, he married his wife, Cindy, an occupational therapist. He enrolled in a 7 year neurosurgery residency program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. During this time he also trained at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Dr. Simonds practiced as an active duty Army neurosurgeon. He was active in the training of neurosurgical residents and medical students as an assistant professor of surgery at the USUHS. During his military tenure he was awarded for excellence in research and medical care. In 1995 he joined the neurosurgery service at Geisinger Medical Clinic and Janet Weiss Children's Hospital. In 2003 Dr. Simonds resettled in Roanoke. With former Geisinger partner Dr. Zev Elias, he initiated Carilion Clinic Neurosurgery, a full service neurosurgical team. As chief, he has created a 9 surgeon, 9 physician assistant department to provide around the clock neurosurgical coverage to the region and developed a residency neurosurgery program. Regularly, he gives talks and lectures to local medical personnel, community organizations, and students at VTCSOM, VCOM, and JCHS.

Dr. Simonds has special interest in physician mental wellness. He has collaborated with renown expert Dr. Wayne Sotile to create a wellness and resiliency program at Carilion and to publish a book on the subject. They are working on a second book for all medical training. He is active in national neurosurgical organizations. He is now collaborating with researchers from VTCRI and Virginia Tech College of Neurosciences to help advance care of neurological diseases. Known as a caring and down-to-earth physician, Dr. Simonds carries tremendous neurosurgical expertise. He has performed more than 12,000 procedures. There are very few neurosurgeons in the country who share this depth of surgical experience including pediatric neurosurgery, brain and spinal cord tumor surgery, and epilepsy surgery. He has vast experience in treating degenerative spine disease, spinal fractures, head injuries, and chronic pain.

  • Kanabur, P., Guo, S., Simonds, G. R., Kelly, D. F., Gourdie, R. G., Verbridge, S. S., Sheng, Z. (2016, November). Patient-derived glioblastoma stem cells respond differentially to targeted therapies. Oncotarget. November 16, 2016. 
  • Simonds, G. R. (2016, August). 372Profound Lack of Nonclinical Health Care Aptitude Across a Range of Health Care Providers and Students. Neurosurgery, 63 Suppl 1. August 1, 2016.
  • Murphy, S. F., Varghese, R. T., Lamouille, S., Guo, S., Pridham, K. J., Kanabur, P., Osimani, A. M., Sharma, S., Jourdan, J., Rodgers, C. M., Simonds, G. R., Gourdie, R. G., Sheng, Z. (2016, January). Connexin 43 Inhibition Sensitizes Chemoresistant Glioblastoma Cells to Temozolomide. Cancer research, 76(1). January 1, 2016.
  • Simonds, G. R., D, A. P., Qandah, N., Marvin, E. A. (2014). Cervical Facet Fractures Associated with Focal Kyphotic Deformity: Predicting the Need for Surgical Intervention. American Journal of Osteopathic Neurological Surgery, 1. 2014. 
  • Simonds, G. R., Marvin, E. A., Danison, A., Sawvel, M., Qandah, N. (2014). Closed Reduction of Cervical Facet Dislocation: Technical Note. American Journal of Osteopathic Neurological Surgery, 1, unk-unk. 2014.
  • Simonds, G. R., Logan, C. S. (2014). Endovascular Management of a Spontaneous Subclavian Artery Pseudoaneurysm: Vertebral Atery Sacrafice. American Journal of Osteopathic Neurological Surgery, 1, unk-unk. 2014.
  • Simonds, G. R. (2014). Ethics in "Everyday" Neurosurgery. American Journal of Osteopathic Neurological Surgery, 1, unk-unk. 2014.
  • Simonds, G. R. (2014). Featured Residency Program: Virginia Tech - Carilion Clinic Neurosurgery. American Journal of Osteopathic Neurological Surgery, 1, unk-unk. 2014.
  • Simonds, G. R. (2014). First Osteopathic Neurosurgery Resident Boot Camp. American Journal of Osteopathic Neurological Surgery, 1, unk-unk. 2014.
  • Simonds, G. R., Marvin, E. A., McNeal, J., Qandah, N. (2014). Iatrogenic Atlantoaxial Osteomyelitis Causing Paresis and Respiratory Compromise: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. American Journal of Osteopathic Neurological Surgery, 1. 2014.
  • Simonds, G. R. (2014). Is Neurosurgical Fellowship Really Necessary? American Journal of Osteopathic Neurological Surgery, 1, unk-unk. 2014.
  • Simonds, G. R. (2014). Koros Rotatable Rongeurs; Try It On Your Next ACDF. American Journal of Osteopathic Neurological Surgery, 1, unk-unk. 2014.
  • Simonds, G. R., Marvin, E. A., Elias, Z., Danison, A. P., Davis, G. (2014). Premorbid Use of Clopidogrel Portends Worse Outcomes in Patients Treated Surgically for Intracranial Hemorrhage. Open Journal of Modern Neurosurgery(4). 2014. 
  • Simonds, G. R. (2014). Redo Low Back Surgery- The Easy Way. American Journal of Osteopathic Neurological Surgery, 1, unk-unk. 2014. 
  • Simonds, G. R. (2014). What Does it Take to be a Neurosurgeon? American Journal of Osteopathic Neurological Surgery, 1, unk-unk. 2014. 
  • Simonds, G. R., Logan, C. S. (2013). CNS fungal meningitis to the "Top of the basilar.". Journal of Acute Disease, 2(3), unk-unk. 2013. 
  • Simonds, G. R. (1995). Quantification of Lumbar Nerve Root Decompression Using Somao-sensory Evoked Potentials. Journal of Spinal Disorders, 8(6), 444-450. 1995. 
  • Simonds, G. R. (1991, May). Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Treament with Posterior Decompression and Luque Rectangle Bone Fusion. Neurosurgery, unk, unk-unk. May 1991.
  • Simonds, G. R. (1991, January). Major Congential Neurologic Malformations-A 17 Year Survey. American Journal of Diseases of Children, 145, 30-30. January 1991. 
  • Simonds, G. R. (1990). Effects of Intraventricular Sustantia Nigra Allografts as a Function of Donor Age. Brain Research, 530, 12-12. 1990. 
  • Simonds, G. R. (1990). Intraventricular Adrenal Medulla Grafts Offer Limited Protection Against the Effects of Bilateral Substantia Nigra Lesioning in the Rat. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 1, 315-320. 1990.
  • Simonds, G. R. (1989, April). Occult Intrasacral Meningocele: Clinical and Radiographic Diagnosis. Neurosurgery, unk, unk-unk. April 1989.   

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Books and Book Chapters

Books

  • Simonds, G. R., Sotile, W. (in press). Surviving Residency: A Pathway to Resilience in Medical and Surgical Training. B  Wright Publishing. Date Submitted: 2016. In Press.
  • Simonds, G. R., Sotile, W. (2015). Building Resilience In Neurosurgical Residents: A Primer. B  Wright Publishing. 2015.
  • Simonds, G. R. (1997). Acute Head Injuries in Children. Conn's Current Therapy. 1997.
  • Simonds, G. R. (1994). Cerebrovascular Anatomy. Neuroradiology Clinics of North America. 1994.

Book Chapters

  • Simonds, G. R., (2016). Chapter 5: Cases in Neurotrauma. Goodman Oral Boards Review Text. Oxford. 2016.