John 'Jay' Wellons, III, MD, MSPH

Professor of Neurological Surgery
Vice Chair for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Professor of Pediatrics, Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Dr. Wellons is Professor of Neurological Surgery,  Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Professor of Pediatrics. He was the Site Investigator for the private and NIH-funded Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN), and continues as the Primary Investigator for ongoing studies related to HCRN. His additional research and clinical interests include the role of neuroendoscopy in the treatment of pediatric brain tumors and hydrocephalus, improving surgical outcomes in Chiari and Chiari-related disorders, and anatomic and surgical studies of the brachial plexus and peripheral nerves.

Dr. Wellons received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson, Miss. He completed his Master of Science in Public Health in Clinical Research (Epidemiology) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Postgraduate Training:
Dr. Wellons completed his residency in Neurosurgery at Duke University Medical Center, as well as a fellowship in stroke research there. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Children's Hospital of Alabama.

Current Research Interests:

  • Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN)
  • Endoscopic minimally invasive procedures
  • Brachial plexus and peripheral nerve treatment

Download Dr. Wellons' full Curriculum Vitae.


Academic Office Mailing Address:
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Neurological Surgery
2220 Children’s Way
9226 Doctors’ Office Tower
Nashville, TN  37232-9557
Phone: (615) 322-6875
Fax:  (615) 343-7076

Clinic/Patient Appointments:
2220 Children's Way
9226 Doctors' Office Tower
Nashville, TN  37232-9557
Phone:  (615) 322-6875
Fax:  (615) 343-7076