Mark Witcher, M.D., Ph.D
Dr. Witcher joined Carilion Clinic in 2016. He graduated with honors from the Medical College of Georgia after completing a combined MD/PhD program. He then trained in Neurosurgery at Wake Forest University, and completed a Fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery at Emory University in Atlanta, GA , under the mentorship of the renowned Dr. Robert Gross.
Dr. Witcher has clinical experience in minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, particularly in the fields of epilepsy surgery, functional neurosurgery, and brain tumors. He is very experienced in the use of minimally invasive laser interstitial therapy (Visualase) for treatment of both epilepsy and brain tumors. He is also well experienced in robot-assisted neurosurgery and its use in the minimally invasive diagnosis of epilepsy and brain tumors. Additionally, he has excellent clinical experience in neuromodulatory therapies to help control seizure activity.
In addition to his clinical experience, Dr. Witcher has focused on cutting-edge research and its application to benefit neurosurgical patients. He has published many abstracts and peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters, including journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has been awarded multiple times for his research, and has been the recipient of multiple grants to support his work, including support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has also been recognized as the recipient of the prestigious Philip L. Gildenberg Award in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.
In his personal life, Dr. Witcher and his family have a great love of the outdoors and spend every possible moment enjoying them. They enjoy working a small family farm in Boones Mill, VA.