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Leon E. Moores, MD, DSc

Medical Director of:
Service: Neurosurgery
Pediatric Neurosurgery
Board Certifications:
Neurological Surgeon
Areas of Clinical Interest:
Brain and spinal cord tumors, spina bifida, craniofacial abnormalities

Undergraduate: USMA, West Point (1984)
Medical School: Uniformed Services University School of Medicine (1990)
Internship: Walter Reed Internal Medicine (1991)
Residency: Walter Reed Neurosurgery (1999)
Fellowship: Children’s National Medical Center (2000)

Awards & Recognition:

Top Doctors Recognition - Washingtonian Magazine

Top Doctors Recognition - Northern Virginia Magazine

State of Maryland Governor’s Citation for outstanding care of the children of Maryland (2019)

State of Maryland Governor’s Citation for “valor in combat and courage in recovery and commitment to family and friends.” 2013

Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Official Recognition for “providing critical medical services in combat and providing lifesaving care to wounded warriors.” (2013)

Lewis Aspey Mologne Award for Military Academic Excellence 2012 (Army Surgeon General annual award: “recognition for outstanding leadership in military/academic medicine”)

Honored Guest Speaker, Neurosurgical Society of the Virginias (2008)

Clinic Locations: Ashburn, Fairfax

Keystone Publications:

Ecklund, JM, Moores LE, editors: Neurotrauma Management for the Severely Injured Polytrauma Patient, New York, Springer, 2017

Harbour PW, Charipova K, Dang D, Moores L, Baker SB; Novel use of a custom fixation plate in pediatric fibrous dysplasia; Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2020 Nov

Moores L, Borkowski N, Hernandez SR, Landry AY; Clinical and Financial Performance of Hospitals with Physician CEOs vs. Nonphysician CEOs; Academy of Management Proceedings, 2020, Volume 2020, Issue 1, 1831

Dang D, Dang J, AbdelHameid D, Mansinghani S, Moores L; Moyamoya Disease in Infancy: Application of a Novel Indirect Revascularization Technique for Bihemispheric Cortical Synangiosis; Clinical Neurosurgery, 66 (1S), September 2019, 114-115.

Moores, LE; The US Army Medical Corps Leadership Development Program: Introduction: The AMEDD Journal2013 July-September: 1-2

Moores LE, Martin J: Myelomeningocele and tethered cord: Caring for an aging population.  Seminars in Neurosurgery 13: 61-69, 2002 

Service: Neurosurgery
Where did you grow up?
Why did you become a doctor and why did you choose your specialty?
I read The Making of A Surgeon in the 5th grade, and decided to become a surgeon. I fell in love with neurosurgery the first time I saw an exposed brain in the operating room. I really found my calling when I started taking care of kids and found how challenging and rewarding it is. It is so much more than just technical surgery—you have to help and support the emotions of the entire family.
How long have you practiced in the Washington, DC area and what do you like most about it?
15 years. I like the diversity of the people, the geography, the architecture, great events, fine dining--you name it.
What do you most enjoy doing outside of your clinical practice, when you’re not working?
Spending time on the water relaxing with my wife and our grown children.
Describe your proudest accomplishment as a provider and/or in your personal life:
Personal: Watching our four children grow into terrific, talented, happy and fulfilled adults. Professional—taking care of all patients, from wounded soldiers in Afghanistan to the smallest babies in our NICU.
If you weren’t a doctor, what profession would you most likely be doing and why?
Army Infantry Officer—it is where I started out at West Point. The people, mission, and morale have stayed with me ever since.
Personal Sketch:

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