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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 
State of Maryland Governor’s Citation for “valor in combat and courage in recovery and commitment to family and friend” (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)
Meritorious Service Medal, WRAMC (1999, 2005, 2012)

Clinic Locations: Ashburn, Fairfax

Keystone Publications:

Moores, LE, The US Army Medical Corps Leadership Development Program: Introduction: The AMEDD Journal 2013 July-September: 1-2.

Davidson L, Moores LE, Changing Neurosurgical Experiences: The Iran-Iraq War and Operation Iraqi Freedom: World Neurosurg 2012 Oct 27; S1878-8750(12)01233-8.

Moores LE, Practical considerations for the management of migrating intracranial bullets; Invited Perspective: World Neurosurgery 2012 Mar-Apr; 77(3-4):481-3.

Wortmann GW, Valadka AB, Moores LE, Prevention and management of infections associated with combat-related central nervous system injuries. J Trauma, 2008; 64: S252-256

Moores LE, et al.: Treatment of Severe Head Injury in Combat Setting: Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook, Second Ed., 2010

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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