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Our Physicians

Washington Neurosurgical Associates provides comprehensive neurosurgical care to patients in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Our physicians are Board Certified neurosurgeons, with extensive experience and expertise in the breadth of conservative and surgical management of patients with cranial, spinal and peripheral nerve disorders.  We provide an unparalleled level of patient care focused on treating our patients as we would want our family members to be treated.  All 3 of our physicians have been recognized and honored by their peers as Top Doctors by Washingtonian magazine for multiple consecutive years.

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Dr. Joshua Ammerman, MD, FAANS, FACS

Dr. Joshua M. Ammerman is a Washington, DC native and third generation neurosurgeon. A graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine; Dr. Ammerman received his neurosurgical training at George Washington and completed a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Surgical Neurology Branch.


Dr. Ammerman holds academic appointments as Assistant Clinical Professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has been named a Top Doctor by Washingtonian Magazine annually since 2008 and has been repeatedly cited for his excellent patient care by Consumer Checkbook.


Dr. Ammerman currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Surgery at Sibley Memorial Hospital and Chief of the Neurosurgery Section, as well as the Medical Director of Perioperative Services at Sibley Memorial Hospital.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of; and his academic work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, Annals of Neurology, JAMA and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. As an internationally recognized expert in the minimally invasive management of spinal disorders, Dr. Ammerman and his partners are frequently visited by physicians from around the U.S. and the world seeking to learn innovative techniques for the management of spinal diseases. His expertise includes minimally invasive spinal surgery, complex spinal surgery, traumatic brain and spinal injury, pituitary disorders and brain metastasis.


Dr. Matthew Ammerman, MD, FAANS

Dr. Matthew Ammerman, was born and raised in the Washington DC area.  He attended Winston Churchill HS and then went to Emory University in Atlanta, GA where he obtained a BS in Biology graduating with Highest Honors,  and met his future wife Allie.  Dr. Matt then moved back to Washington, DC, where he went to medical school at the George Washington University following in the footsteps of his father, uncles, cousin and brother.  He graduated from medical school with honors, and then continued at the George Washington University to complete a 1 year surgical internship and 5 years of neurosurgical residency.    


During his time as a resident he found his calling in minimally invasive spine surgery.  Upon completion of his neurosurgery residency, he began a fellowship with Dr. Kevin Foley at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.  The focus of his fellowship was minimally invasive techniques in spinal surgery, applied to degenerative spinal conditions, spinal trauma and spinal oncology.  He also spent time during his fellowship working in a biomechanics lab under the direction of Denis D’Angelo through the University of Tennessee, testing various spinal models and surgical implants.  He presented research findings at national and international neurosurgical meetings.  During this time he also developed an interest in traumatic brain injury and its treatment.


After fellowship, Dr. Matt returned to join his brother at Washington Neurosurgical Associates.  This practice was started by his Grandfather (over 50 years ago) and soon thereafter his father joined. Harvey Ammerman and Bruce Ammerman practiced together for 15 years.  They have both passed away but the practice thrives with the continued Ammerman legacy and the addition of Dr. Joshua Wind.


Dr. Matt continues the family tradition of patient focused neurological care.  He has academic appointments at the George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University, and works with their associated residents in training.  He continues to focus on various spinal conditions with a minimally invasive approach - treating cancer, degenerative conditions and trauma.  He also has a continued interest in traumatic brain injury, post concussive disorder and its treatment.  Dr. Matt continues to accept new patients and remains focused on patient-centered care in a time that is moving away from personalized patient care.  Dr. Matt enjoys hiking, fishing, traveling and running as well as spending time with his family.


Dr. Joshua Wind, MD, FAANS, FACS

Dr. Joshua J. Wind, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in offering minimally invasive neurosurgical solutions to patients with brain and spine conditions.  He sees patients in outpatient consultation at Washington Neurosurgical Associates, a neurosurgical practice that has provided neurosurgical care in the DC area for over 50 years.  Dr. Wind provides surgical and inpatient consultative care at Sibley Memorial Hospital and George Washington University Hospital. 


Dr. Wind obtained his undergraduate education at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, followed by his medical school education at Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago, where he graduated cum laude, Alpha Omega Alpha, and with honors in bioethics and professionalism.  He then completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in neurosurgery at George Washington University.  As part of his residency training, Dr. Wind completed a clinical and research fellowship in the Surgical Neurology Branch of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke within the National Institutes of Health, where he obtained additional training in neuro-oncology and pituitary surgery.


Dr. Wind continues to be involved in resident education, serving as a clinical associate professor of neurosurgery at George Washington University, as well as an adjunct assistant professor of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He also travels regionally and nationally to teach minimally invasive spine surgery techniques to surgeons.

Dr. Wind has extensive experience in clinical and basic science research, has co-authored several book chapters, and has written over 20 peer-reviewed publications across a breadth of topics in neurosurgery in journals such as: The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Neurosurgery, The Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, The Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, The Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, The European Spine Journal, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, among others. To see Dr. Wind’s complete list of publications, click here. He has presented research findings and won research awards at local, regional and national meetings. Dr. Wind has ongoing research interests and serves as a principal investigator in several clinical trials.

Dr. Wind was appointed as a physician board member for the District of Columbia Board of Medicine by Mayor Muriel Bowser. He is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Colleges of Surgeons, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the Washington Academy of Neurological Surgeons and The Osler Society.


Dr. Wind has been awarded the Crutchfield, Gage and Thomas Award for clinical research at the Neurosurgical Society of the Virginias Annual Meeting, as well as the Synthes Skull Base Award at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting. He was elected as a fellow of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society, and has been named a Top Doctor in Neurosurgery by Washingtonian magazine and Washington Consumer's Checkbook.

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