UVA Health System


Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at UVA


Donna came to UVA seeking a second opinion for her brain tumor. She'd been told brain surgery wasn't an option.


The Gamma Knife Center was able to offer her a minimally invasive procedure that could be done in under an hour.



Find out if Gamma Knife is right for you.



What is Gamma Knife?

Gamma Knife radiosurgery uses focused radiation to target brain and pituitary tumors, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), acoustic neuromas and other conditions.

No knife or scalpel is used. Our Gamma Knife Center offers safe, effective, one-day Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

UVA is the first center in Virginia to use Gamma Knife Icon, which offers even more accuracy, precision and safety than previous models.


Compared to traditional surgery:

  • Shorter hospital stays & rehabilitation
  • Avoids damage to healthy brain tissue
  • No surgical complications, like, hemorrhage and infection
  • Avoids general anesthesia dangers
  • Prevents other physical trauma and disruption of normal brain function

Global Reputation

UVA has earned a global reputation from treating more than 10,000 patients from around the world since 1989.

Jason Sheehan, MD, director of the Gamma Knife Center, trained under Ladislau Steiner, who helped develop the first Gamma Knife 30 years ago.