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.
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.