Johnathan Engh, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Neuroendoport Surgery Program
Director, Adult Neurosurgical Oncology





Johnathan Engh, MD, joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery in 2008 after completing the department’s seven-year residency program. Originally from northern Virginia, Dr. Engh is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Virginia Medical School.

Dr. Engh’s clinical focus is minimally invasive operations for central nervous system tumors and intraventricular lesions. From a research perspective, his major interests are percutaneous intracerebral navigation, white matter imaging, and development of minimally invasive tools for cranial surgery.

Dr. Engh's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

See also: Dr. Engh Receives ACES Award

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery

Hospital Privileges

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC 
UPMC Passavant
UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC Shadyside

Professional Organization Membership

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Alpha Omega Alpha
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Society of Neuro-Oncology

Media Appearances

19-year-old cyst patient
August 17, 2012

Pitt RB hospitalized: Derrick Burns in stable condition
May 24, 2012

Young Stroke Victims
May 11, 2012
WTAE-TV Action News

Surgery through a straw
February 19, 2009
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Research Activities

Dr. Engh’s patent entitled “Endoscopic Ports for Minimally Invasive Surgical Access and Methods of Use Thereof” (Application number: PCT/US2011/054957) was filed in April, 2013. This patent concerns the development of a dilatable port for minimally invasive brain surgery. Efforts to build the first prototype of the device are underway.

Dr. Engh is a co-investigator on an NIH R21 grant entitled “Safe flexible intracerebral navigation with steerable needles.” This project focuses on the refinement of a technique for guiding ultra-flexible needles through brain tissue in non-linear trajectories with high accuracy. The current phase of the research involves mainly animal testing using a porcine model. Animal testing is ongoing at this time.