John J. Moossy, MD

Director, Center for Pain Management
Chief, Neurosurgery, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

John J. Moossy




John J. Moossy, MD, joined the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in 1986. He is now chief of neurosurgery at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

He attended medical school at Tulane University, earning an MD degree in 1980. He completed a surgical internship and the residency program in neurosurgery at Duke University. Prior to that, he was an undergraduate student at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, and at the University of Pittsburgh.

His clinical practice is one of general neurosurgery with a special interest in the surgical management of medically intractable pain. Dr. Moossy’s publications include 32 articles in refereed journals and nine book chapters.

Specialized Areas of Interest

The surgical treatment of intractable pain problems through neuro-augumentative and neuro-ablative procedures.

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery

Hospital Privileges

Latrobe Area Hospital
UPMC Presbyterian 
UPMC Shadyside
Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Professional Organization Membership

Allegheny County Medical Association
American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
American Medical Association
Carroll F. Reynolds History of Medicine Society
Pennsylvania Medical Association
Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society
Section on Pain of the AANS/CNS
Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves of the AANS/CNS
Section on History of the AANS/CNS

Education & Training

BA, French, University of Pittsburgh, 1976
MD, Tulane Universiy, 1980
Residency, Neurosurgery, Duke University, 1986

Honors & Awards

Department of Neurological Surgery, Resident Teaching Award, 2001-2003
Pittsburgh Magazine Top Doctor Award, 2012-2014
Rudlof Matas Prize in History of Medicine, 1980

Selected Publications

Gande AV, Chivukula S, Moossy JJ, Rothfus W, Agarwal V, Horowitz MB, Gardner PA. Long-term outcomes of intradural cervical dorsal root rhizotomy for refractory occipital neuralgia. J Neurosurg [Epub ahead of print], 2015.

Deibert CP, Gandhoke GS, Forsythe RM, Moossy JJ. Surgical Site Infection 18 Months Following Intrathecal Pump Placement Secondary to an Asymptomatic Bowel Injury. Pain Pract 15(7):E69-71, 2015.

Chivukula S, Tempel ZJ, Chen CJ, Shin SS, Gande AV, Moossy JJ. Spinal and Nucleus Caudalis Dorsal Root Entry Zone Lesioning for Chronic Pain: Efficacy and Outcomes. World Neurosurg 84(2):494-504, 2015

Phillips MM, Miljkovic N, Ramos-Lamboy M, Moossy JJ, Horton J, Buhari AM, Munin MC. Clinical Experience With Continuous Intrathecal Baclofen Trials Prior to Pump Implantation. PM R 7(10):1052-8, 2015.

Chivukula S, Tempel ZJ, Weiner GM, Gande AV, Chen CJ, Ding D, Moossy JJ. Cervical and cervicomedullary spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain: efficacy and outcomes. Clin Neurol Neurosurg 127:33-41, 2014.

Chivukula S, Tomycz ND, Moossy JJ. Paddle lead cervical spinal cord stimulation for failed neck surgery syndrome. Clin Neurol Neurosurg 115(10):2254-6, 2013.

Tomycz ND, Ortiz V, McFadden KA, Urgo L, Moossy JJ. Management of symptomatic intrathecal catheter-associated inflammatory masses.
Clin Neurol Neurosurg 114(2):190-5, 2012.

Tormenti MJ, Maserati MB, Bonfield CM, Gerszten PC, Moossy JJ, Kanter AS, Spiro RM, Okonkwo DO. Perioperative surgical complications of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion: a single-center experience. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 Jan;16(1):44-50, 2012.

Tomycz ND, Moossy JJ. DuraSeal for paddle lead anchoring during revision spinal cord stimulator surgery: a technical case report.
Clin Neurol Neurosurg 114(1):57-9, 2012.

Tomycz ND, Deibert CP, Moossy JJ. Cervicomedullary junction spinal cord stimulation for head and facial pain. Headache 51(3):418-25, 2011.

A complete list of Dr. Moossy's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.