Anthony M. Avellino, MD, MBA

Professor and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Academic Professional Bio: 

Anthony M. Avellino, MD, MBA, is Professor of Neurosurgery and a board-certified pediatric and adult neurosurgeon.  Dr. Avellino provides pediatric neurosurgical care at Banner University Medical Center - Tucson.  He is an active teaching faculty member in the Neurological Surgery Residency Program within the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson Campus.  Dr. Avellino is the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery and is responsible for the overall operations, evaluation, and strategic development of the pediatric neurosurgery service.

Dr. Avellino is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Pediatric Section of the AANS/CNS, and the Society of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Avellino is also a former NCAA student-athlete at Cornell University, and is an active endurance ultra-runner.  In October 2019 and January 2021, he was fortunate to be a deckhand on the F/V Saga, a commercial crab fishing boat profiled on the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch.  Further, his book, Finding a Purpose: A Neurosurgeon's Journey of Hope and Healing, was nationally-released in November, 2021.

Research Interests: 

As a practicing pediatric neurosurgeon, I continue to help children with complex and congenital spine disorders, brain and spinal cord tumors, craniofacial disorders, hydrocephalus, traumatic brain injuries, sports concussion, epilepsy, and pediatric-to-adult transition care; mentor medical students, residents, and faculty; and continue my research interests in quality improvement, patient safety, performance, workplace wellness, and using virtual and augmented reality for patient engagement and simulation training to improve surgical performance.   ​

  1. MD: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY
  2. MBA: The George Washington University School of Business, Washington, DC
  • University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA, including a year as a specialist registrar at Atkinson Morley's Hospital in Wimbledon, England
  • Complex Spine Fellowship in Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
Board Certifications:
  • National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), Diplomate, 1993
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS), Diplomate, 2004, Recertified 2014
  • American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery (ABPNS), Diplomate, 2004, Recertified 2016