Dr. Avinash Mohan

headshot of dr. avinash mohan of brain and spine surgeons of new york

Meet Dr. Mohan

Caring for the special surgical needs of children with problems involving the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves takes a lot of training. So much training, in fact, that there are fewer than 200 board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons currently practicing in the United States.


Dr. Avinash Mohan is one of two BSSNY pediatric neurosurgeons and is board-certified in both neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Mohan specializes in spina bifida, Chiari malformation, vascular malformations, and hydrocephalus.


“Children who come to our office can’t be treated the same way we would treat adults,” said Dr. Mohan. “They have their own special set of circumstances that must be addressed.”


“They can’t always articulate their pain or sit still while being examined,” he explained. “Our goal as pediatric neurosurgeons is to create a comfortable, non-threatening environment where children can heal.”


Dr. Mohan achieved his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Mohan performed his residency at New York Medical College where he was Chief Resident, and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.


Dr. Mohan has been an author on numerous publications and presentations, as well as the recipient of multiple honors and awards. He is affiliated with several hospitals in the area, including Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, White Plains Hospital, Stamford Hospital, and Vassar Brothers Medical Center.


One of the aspects Dr. Mohan enjoys most about his work is being able to give great news to the family.


“We always tell families the best surgery is uneventful surgery,” he said. “And when that happens it’s great to be able to tell them that everything is going to be okay.”



To learn more about Dr. Mohan and pediatric neurosurgery at BSSNY, click here.

Dr. Avinash Mohan speaking on craniofacial abnormalities



  • B.A.  The Johns Hopkins University (Biology and Economics), Baltimore, Maryland
  • M.D. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Internship & Residency

  • Intern in General Surgery, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
  • Resident in Neurosurgery/Chief Resident, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY


  • Children’s Memorial Hospital
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
    Clinical Fellow in Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Research Fellow, Skirball Research Institute, NYU School of Medicine
    (Supervisor: Howard Weiner, M.D., Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Resident Abstract, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, AANS/CNS Section
    on Tumors Biennial Symposium
  • Second Prize, New York State Neurosurgical Society Resident Competition
  • Resident Delegate for New York State, Council of State Neurosurgical
  • International Elective Scholarship, Case Western Reserve University School
    of Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Crile Research Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University School of
  • Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins
  • Dean’s List, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta (national pre-health honor society), The Johns Hopkins
  • Golden Key National Honor Society

Board Certifications

  • USMLE Step I, II, III Completed
  • American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Primary Written Exam Passed


  • Bowman RM, Mohan AL, Seibly JM, McClone DG: Tethered cord syndrome: A long-term study of 114 patients. Submitted: Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.
  • Zohrabian VM, Nandu H, Gulati N, Khitrov G, Zhao C, Mohan A, Demattia J, Braun A, Das K, Murali R, Jhanwar-Uniyal M: Gene expression profiling of metastatic brain cancer. Oncology Report 18(2): 321-8, 2007.
  • Nagpal J, Jamoona A, Gulati ND, Mohan A, Braun A, Murali R, Jhanwar-Uniyal M: Revisiting the role of p53 in primary and secondary glioblastomas. Anticancer Research 26:3-9: 2006.
  • Cutler AR, Siddiqui S, Mohan AL, Hillard VH, Cerabona F, Das K: Comparison of polyetherether ketone cages to femoral cortical allograft as a single piece interbody spacer in transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. J Neurosurg Spine 5(6): December 2006.
  • Sethi NK, Torgovnick J, Mohan A, Hirschfeld A, Zablow B, Omeis I: Images in Clinical Medicine: Hyperdense MCA sign. The Internet Journal of Radiology 4(2): 2006.
  • Mokashi A, Mohan AL, Narayan P, Jayabose S: Listless infant in the emergency department. E-Medicine 2005.
  • Mohan AL, Slim M, Benzil DL: Knife wound to the posterior fossa in a child. Childs Nerv Syst. 21(3):255-8, 2005.
  • Mohan AL, Das K: History of surgery for the correction of spinal deformity. Neurosurg Focus 14(1): 1-5, 2003.
  • Couldwell WT, Mohan AL: Enlargement of a vestibular schwannoma after stereotactic radiotherapy. Acta Neurochir (Wien) 144(12): 1319-22, 2002.
  • Li Q, Kopecky KJ, Mohan A, Willman CL, Appelbaum FR, Weick JK, Issa JP: Estrogen receptor methylation is associated with improved survival in adult acute myeloid leukemia. Clin Cancer Res 5(5): 1077-84, 1999.
  • Issa JP, Kantarjian H, Mohan A, O’Brien S, Cortes J, Pierce S, Talpaz M: Methylation of the ABL1 promoter in chronic myelogenous leukemia: lack of prognostic significance. Blood 93(6): 2075-80, 1999.
  • Ahuja N, Li Q, Mohan AL, Baylin SB, Issa JP: Aging and DNA methylation in colorectal mucosa and cancer. Cancer Res 58(23): 5489-94, 1998.
  • Ahuja N, Mohan AL, Li Qu, Stolker JM, Herman JG, Hamilton St, Baylin SB, Issa JP:
    Association between CpG island methylation and microsatellite instability in colorectal cancer. Cancer Res 57:3370-3374, 1997.

Selected Presentations

  • Mohan AL, Tomita T: Long-term follow-up on CSF Cytology and Arachnoid Biopsy from the Cisterna Magna in Patients with Medulloblastoma. Oral Presentation. International Symposium of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Annual Meeting, 2008.
  • Mohan AL, Seibly JM, McClone DG, Bowman RM: Tethered Cord Syndrome: A Long-term Study of 114 patients. Oral Presentation. AANS/CNS Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery Annual Meeting, 2007.
  • Mohan AL, Turnbull DH, Joyner AL, Weiner HL: Activation of Smoothened induces medulloblastomas in mice. Oral Presentation. AANS/CNS Biennial Section on Tumors, 2004.
  • Weiner HL, Mohan AL, Pompeiano M, Turnbull DH, Joyner AL: Mutations in the Sonic Hedgehog pathway enhance medulloblastoma induction. Oral Presentation. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2003.
  • Mohan AL, Murali R, Benzil D: Impact of New York State 405 workforce regulations at one institution. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2003.
  • Mohan AL, Hillard V, Omeis I, Murali R, Das K: History of instrumentation for stabilization of the thoracolumbar spine. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2003.

Book Chapters

  • Mohan AL and Bowman R. Birth Head Trauma. Youmans Neurological Surgery. Submitted 2008
  • Mohan AL and Tomita T. Optic Pathway and Hypothalamic Gliomas in Children. Youmans Neurological Surgery. Submitted 2008.