The mission of Blue Ridge Area Interventional Neuroradiology (BRAIN) is to offer the best minimally invasive treatment and diagnostic imaging and precision medicine to treat a wide range of conditions involving the brain.

Our recognized team of dedicated experts has extensive experience in providing endovascular treatment and embolization for intracranial aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM) and dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVF). In addition, we manage and treat stroke, carotid artery stenosis, subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), cavernomas, developmental venous abnormalities (DVA), moyamoya disease, superficial vascular malformations, spinal vascular malformations and many more conditions.

Our endovascular and interventional specialists use state-of-the-art image-guided techniques in order to deliver therapeutic agents through a percutaneous route (that is, without the need for open surgery). Short hospital stays with reduced recovery times and decreased procedural risks are among the benefits of endovascular surgical neuroradiology and minimally invasive neurointerventional techniques.

We work closely with the departments of Neurology, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, and Neurologic and Orthopedic Surgery, to provide a multidisciplinary approach for our patients. We strive to provide cutting edge diagnostic imaging, tailored for specific diseases and disorders, in partnership with our fellow clinicians.  Our practice is committed to our clinical practice, interpreting studies aimed at examining a wide array of neurologic problems in children and adults. We are also dedicated scientists, working to advance imaging techniques as well as the understanding of specific disease processes.

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Thrombolytic Therapy

This procedure uses “clot-busting” medicine to dissolve a clot in a vessel in the brain or elsewhere in the body.

Endovascular Coiling

A surgeon inserts a very thin metal wire that forms a coil inside a brain aneurysm to block blood flow.

Spinal Surgery

Minimally invasive procedure to treat spinal disorders
including fractures, tumors, and compressed nerves.

Angioplasty/Stenting

This procedure uses a small balloon and/or a tiny metal scaffold
called a stent to open a narrowed carotid artery.

Cerebral Angiography

This procedure uses a small balloon and/or a tiny metal scaffold
called a stent to open a narrowed carotid artery.

Blue Ridge Area Interventional Neuroradiology (BRAIN) works closely with the departments of Neurology, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, and Neurologic and Orthopedic Surgery, to provide a multidisciplinary approach for our patients. We strive to provide cutting edge diagnostic imaging, tailored for specific diseases and disorders, in partnership with our fellow clinicians.  Our practice is committed to our clinical practice, interpreting studies aimed at examining a wide array of neurologic problems in children and adults. We are also dedicated scientists, working to advance imaging techniques as well as the understanding of specific disease processes.

Interventional neuroradiology is used to treat:

  • head, neck and spinal tumors through embolization
  • intracranial brain aneurysms
  • ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes
  • extracranial carotid and intracranial occlusive disease

Colaboration

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital has partnered with Blue Ridge Area Interventional Neuroradiology (BRAIN) to offer comprehensive endovascular treatment of hemorrhagic and ischemic cerebrovascular disease. This ambitious collaboration will significantly expand our capabilities to patients throughout Central Virginia.

Experience

With over 75 combined years of neurointerventional experience, Blue Ridge Area Interventional Neuroradiology (BRAIN) represents the most highly qualified group of neurointerventionalists in the state.  This experience and bandwidth will allow the production of the highest level of care to patients in Central Virginia.

Education

Sentara Martha Jefferson is the first hospital in the United States to receive a Primary Plus Stroke Center designation from the DNV. As our technologies improve, there is a tremendous demand for this Endovascular Stroke service. BRAIN has been formed to help provide expert management of this ever-growing patient population.

John R. Gaughen Jr. MD
John R. Gaughen Jr. MDDiagnostic Neuroradiology Neurointerventional Surgery
In 2015, Dr. Gaughen started the Neurointerventional Surgery & Endovascular Stroke Service at Sentara Martha Jefferson.

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Mary E. (Lee) Jensen MD
Mary E. (Lee) Jensen MDDiagnostic Neuroradiology Neurointerventional Surgery
Dr. Jensen brings more than 38 years of experience and expertise in both diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology.

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Andrew J. DeNardo MD
Andrew J. DeNardo MDDiagnostic Neuroradiology Neurointerventional Surgery
Dr. DeNardo has been a neurointerventionalist in two of the largest trauma and stroke centers in the United States for the last 25 years.

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What Our Patients Think

“Dr. Gaughen is first and foremost a caring, honest and genuine doctor. He is incredibly personable as well. He is alway prepared – ensuring his research is done prior to your appointment. There’s never been a time where he was not prepared with suggestions on treatment. He is genuinely one of the best doctors we’ve ever encountered and will follow him wherever he goes.”

“Dr. Jensen is incredibly smart and caring. She works harder than anyone I’ve ever met to understand a problem and use that knowledge to help her patients. I would recommend Dr. Jensen to anyone who wants the best possible medical care!”

“Dr. DeNardo saved my wife’s life — Great Doctor! Great person with high values. He not only has the skills of the trade but treats the patient and family with the utmost dignity. He provided HOPE throughout the whole process. He is a good man!”

“Dr. Gaughen was so calm, explaining my aneurysm and what could be done in terms we all understood. He talked about the risks involved and other more invasive ways to treat the issue. Needless to say, compared to very invasive vascular surgery, we opted for the minimally invasive way to treat the aneurysm. Dr. Gaughen made himself available to us at all times and did a fantastic job.”

“This good man gave me the courage to get back on the table to treat my aneurysm for the second time.  He is very kind and no questions are ever dismissed.  Dr. Gaughen answers all questions to the best of his knowledge although every case is different and unique, just like each of us.  Thank you Dr. Gaughen!

“This good man gave me the courage to get back on the table to treat my aneurysm for the second time.  He is very kind and no questions are ever dismissed.  Dr. Gaughen answers all questions to the best of his knowledge although every case is different and unique, just like each of us.  Thank you Dr. Gaughen!

“Dr. Gaughen is my hero and saved my life for sure. He’s the most decent and true example of what a Doctor should be. He is so kind, so real, I was able to ask anything and he made me less anxious and able to get through this very terrifying experience with humor, of all things. I am grateful for Dr. Gaughen.”

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