John Wanebo, MD, has refined his skills since he graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1991 by serving in both academic and military treatment centers. Although he first planned to become a pilot upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, exposure to his father’s work in surgical oncology influenced him to pursue medicine.

    Before joining Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Dr. Wanebo cared for complex cranial and spinal injuries sustained by U.S. troops during regional conflicts of the past decade. He currently specializes in cerebrovascular disorders, neurotrauma, and brain tumors and has published extensively on these subjects.

    More recently, Dr. Wanebo has focused his academic efforts on studying moyamoya disease through clinical and laboratory research. He has published over 30 articles and seven book chapters, and he is the lead editor of a forthcoming moyamoya textbook.


    Fellowship, Barrow Neurological Institute, Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery

    Residency, Washington University School of Medicine, Neurosurgery

    Residency, National Naval Medical Center, Neurosurgery

    General Medical Officer, Naval Support Force Antarctic

    Internship, National Naval Medical Center

    MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine

    BS, Mathematics, United States Naval Academy


    Barrow Neurological Institute

    SurgCenter Camelback

    Board Certification

    American Board of Neurological Surgery

    Medical Licensure


    Professional Organizations

    American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

    American College of Surgeons (ACS)

    AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section

    Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

    North American Skull Base Society (NASBS)

    Captain, United States Naval Reserve


    Berg Prize, Residents Day Symposium, Department of Neurology and Neurological Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

    Augustus McCravey Resident Paper Award (First Place Clinical Paper), Southern Neurosurgical Society Meeting

    First Place, Basic Science Paper Award, Southern Neurosurgical Society Meeting

    Cox Fund French Language Scholarship, United States Naval Academy

    Commandant’s List, United States Naval Academy