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Dr. Zachary Levine

Neurosurgery
Rockville, MD
29 years experience male

Locations

National Capital Neurosurgery

Rockville, MD

Address

3202 Tower Oaks Blvd, Suite 300, Rockville, MD
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My office hours

Wednesday: 830am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

(301) 718-2979

About

Bio

Zachary T. Levine, MD,FAANS is a board certified neurosurgeon with advanced training in cranial base surgery and stereotactic/functional surgery for movement disorders. In addition, he has extensive experience in deep brain stimulation (DBS), image-guided, computer assisted microsurgery.  He is the director of Neurosurgery and Neurosciences at the Holy Cross Health.  He also has an interest in spinal surgery especially endoscopic and microscopic disk surgery and spinal instrumentation for trauma and degenerative disease.  A graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Levine completed medical school at New York University School of Medicine in the Honors Program. He did his residency in neurological surgery at the George Washington University Medical Center. As a key opinion leader in DBS, Dr. Levine teaches DBS courses and proctors other neurosurgeons, internationally in this surgical technique. Dr. Levine has also taught cranial base surgical approaches at national meetings and has authored original articles and book chapters in cranial base and neurovascular surgery. He currently holds a patent for cell transplantation for neuro-degenerative diseases and movement disorders. Dr. Levine is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He holds memberships in a number of professional societies including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, North American Skull Base Society, and the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.  He is also a member of the Osler Society.  He serves on the medical advisory board of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area and on the board of the Parkinson’s Action Network. He was given the Humanitarian Award by the local chapter of the Dystonia Association. His efforts in neurosurgery have been recognized by induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He has received both the Singer and Resident research

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Neurosurgery

Doctor Q&A

78 Answers
29 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Neuropathy: Crawling and warm feelings are not always from a pinched nerve. Pinched nerves are more commonly associated with pain. Neuropathy, which can be injury... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Yes: Excercising is better than a sedentary life style. You may have a little pain with vigorous activity. Use nsaids for any discomfort.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Radiculopathy: After the seven weeks of pt and you have persistent leg pain and weakness with sensory loss in the right pattern you are getting closer. Seven weeks ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Recent study: There was a recent study done in europe comparing surgery for meniscal tears and a sham operation where no meniscus was trimmed. This was a very well... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Ignore: Rest your cerebrum Limit brain activity Give it time to heal.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Psp: This means the facial paralysis is coming from some part of the brain above the level of the facial nucleus. This can be associated with progressive ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Psychosurgery: this surgery is not done anymore. The prefrontal leucotomy has fallen out of favor. Some institutions have protocols for deep brain stimulation for d... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Yes it could be: I suggest if there is significant weakness that you go to the emergency room. You may have more than a concussion. These late symptoms could indicat... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
No quick answer: Spondylosis is also known as stenosis. It occurs as we get older. It occurs with trauma and repetitive spinal micro trauma. We can't prevent it. Wh... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Be careful: Although Baclofen and Methadone are different classes of drug they can both suppress respiratory drive in high doses. These doses are not high and thr... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Autoimmune disease: Lupus usually does not directly effect the spine or disks. There are pains, myalgias associated with lupus. In general lupus is not a direct player ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Conjoined nerve root: A conjoined nerve root is a congenital condition. It cannot be acquired from surgery. It does make surgery more difficult and the patient may be mor... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Angiograms: Mra use flow to determine vessel architecture or presence of abnormalities. The contrast is not needed. Contrast is not used in mr angiography.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Not really: If you have full mobility of the joint with out pain i would a serve for any changes, but don't be too concerned.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Ignore: Get regular sleep. Limit alcohol consumption. Work on cognitive skills. Do puzzles.
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Back spasm: The lumps may be the bony prominences in this area or can be a muscle spasm. If your pain is persistent and radiates down a leg, imaging may be neede... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Lumbago: Disk bulging is very common and back pain may correlate with it. Episodic back pain without leg pain is often back spasm, or muscular cramping of the ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
No treatment needed: This often a variant of spinal shape that can be seen on radiographs when somebody is lying down on a flat table. Unless ther is severe pain no treatm... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Migraines: Some migraines are associated with visual auras. This is very common. If the red one is in your visual field then you are having a migraine that invo... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Spinal headache: This is a spinal headache. The small hole in the covering of the nerves and spinal cord that allowed the doctor to get the fluid is stil leaking. Th... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Narcolepsy: Sleep paralysis is the most common form of narcolepsy. It is often associated with hallucinations. A sleep study will better help understand the ext... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
May be inflammation: Hyper intensity my indicate inflammation or a hemangioma. Tough to say without looking at the images. I would see a spine specialist and get an opini... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Rest your head: Concussions can have effects that can last for months. The best thing to do is rest, avoid alcohol and stimulants and too much activity that stimulat... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Degenerated disk: This is the description of degenerative disk disease as dictated by a radiologist. This is a very common finding and rarely needs surgery.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Narcolepsy: Sleep paralysis is one of the most common forms of narcolepsy. Good sleep hygiene is the best way to prevent it. Getting regular sleep and not drink... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
No Definitive Test: Although pd can run in families, we still do not have a definitive test. You can see the neurologist that your mother sees and get an opinion. Some n... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Ear injury : You most likely injured the eardrum or external canal. This requires the attention of an otolaryngologist. I believe the tinnitus should resolve, but... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Medication can help: Have the radiologist or the ordering physician prescribe an appropriate sedative to be taken 20 minutes prior to the scan.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Postop pain: If the surgery was yesterday or within the last week, persistent pain can be seen. Typically the pain resolves quickly. But if you have persistent ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Cervical disk?: Pain that extends up or down the arm might be due to a cervical disk with compression. The history of falls is also consistent with this. I would ge... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Leg pain: Spondylolsis is the degeneration of the disks in the spine. Lumbar spondylolsis is quite common and is associated with leg pain and back pain. Leg pa... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Ignore: Not all brain tumors are cancer. See a neurosurgeon for complete advice.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Stretch the spine: With spondylosis the nerves exiting the spine may be pinched between vertebrae that have overgrowth of bone on them. By stretching the spine, you rel... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Neuropathy: Fasciculations can be from peripheral neuropathy, or something more ominous. A nerve conduction study and EMG would be helpful in making a diagnosis. ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Brain injury: If you are feeling dizzy or nauseous you should seek medical attention right away. If there is any weakness in an arm or leg, visual changes or other... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Not likely: Bacterial meningitis usually progresses rapidly once you have it and is very dangerous. Stiff neck and headache can be associated with any Upper respi... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Pituitary tumor: Pituitary tumors can cause endocrine failure or over stimulation depending on their activity. The non secreting tumors usually cause a mild elevation... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Artificial disks: There is only one device approved by the fda for a two level disk replacement. It is manufactured my ldr. It is help in place by two keels that cut ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Pinched nerve: The only capillaries that are directly broken from a herniated disk are around the disk, pinched nerves from a herniated disk generate pain, and on s... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Ignore: Remember your brain needs rest after injury. Try not to read too much or watch tv.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Radiculopathy: Most herniated disks will get better on their own, however if the symptoms worsen after conservative treatment then other methods should be investigat... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Degenerative disks: Discography is used to either help determine if the disk in question is the pain generator or to see if there is an anatomic abnormality of the disk. ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Spinous process: The lump you feel on the back of your neck is the spinous process. The most prominent one that you can feel is at c7. You might have spondylolsis but... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
AVM grades: Avms are graded by their size, location and vascular structure. To determine the grade of your avm you ned to have a digital subtraction angiogram. An... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Non steroidals: A mild herniated disk in the neck can be relieved with non steroidal medications like Ibuprofen and physical therapy. If there is weakness or the sin... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Spine surgery: I believe exercise is good for the spine. I would allow you to play soccer only after physical therapy and proper back education. The microdiskectom... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Risks: From a neurosurgical perspective I do not foresee any great additional risks other than those associated with the surgery.
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Takes time: Bppv often requires multiple attempts with Epley maneuvers. Often a vibrating massager help over the mastoid during the maneuver helps.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Neck pain: The shunt can be a cause, but more likely it is cervical strain or possibly a cervical disk herniation. I would get an exam by a neurosurgeon or neuro... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Chronic Neck Pain: Facet injections may temporarily relieve pain from spinal degenerative joint disease. If the pain persists and you have failed physical therapy and o... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Levine is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Levine is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Dr. James Fugedy in Atlanta says TCDS could possibly help with my condition. My e-mail address is lilletterscrambler@yahoo.com. Please write
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! tyvm cant move lower back at all going to urgent care now THANK YOY
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Thanks for your quick reply! I had an mri last month and it only showed compression on lft not rt.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York University School of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV HOSPITAL

Awards

AOA
Resident Research Award, GWUMC 2000
Singer Research award, 1997

Affiliations

American Association of Neurological Surgeons / Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Movement Disorder Society
Cosmos Club
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