John (Jay) Wellons, III, M.D., M.S.P.H.

Cal Turner Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery
Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, and Radiology
Division Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Vice Chair, Academics and Faculty Affairs
Department of Neurosurgery
Vice Chair for Clinical Research
Section of Surgical Sciences
Medical Director, Surgical Outcomes Center for Kids
Doctors’ Office Tower
2220 Children’s Way
Department of Neurological Surgery
Room / Suite
Clinic Phone
Appointment: (615) 322-6875
Fax: (615) 343-7076

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