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Board certified in neurological surgery and pediatric neurological surgery, Dr. Anthony M. Avellino joined Valley Children’s as a pediatric neurosurgeon and medical director of pediatric neurosurgery in 2022.

He built his career caring for young people and their families, including a deliberate focus on creating support systems that emphasize performance, health, wellness and safety. Prior to Valley Children’s, Dr. Avellino was a pediatric neurosurgeon at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and he also served as the assistant vice president for health sciences, chief clinical and medical officer, and interim director of athletic medicine at Michigan State University. In addition, he served as chief executive officer for the OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute from 2014 to 2018. In 2009, he was the first director of the UW Medicine Neurosciences Institute for the University of Washington Medicine and was also appointed chief of neurological surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center in 2011.

Dr. Avellino has worked at a variety of institutions, including the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins University Hospital. He has taught courses and presented his research through lectures, manuscripts and abstracts on complex and congenital spine disorders, brain and spinal cord tumors, hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis, neuro-endoscopy and workplace wellness. Further, he is presently one of the section editors of “Section VIII: Pediatrics” in Youmans and Winn Neurological Surgery, 8th Edition, which is one of the premier neurosurgery textbooks.

In addition to his positions at Valley Children’s, Dr. Avellino is an active member in many professional organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, and Society of Neurological Surgeons. He has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. In 2020, he was selected as one of Becker’s Healthcare’s “100 hospital and health system chief medical officers to know.”  

After receiving his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, Dr. Avellino completed an internship in general surgery and residency in neurosurgery at University of Washington Medical Center. He went on to complete a complex spine fellowship in neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center, including a year as a specialist registrar at Atkinson Morley's Hospital in Wimbledon, England. Following, Dr. Avellino completed a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition to his medical education, Dr. Avellino completed a certificate program in Medical Management through the University of Washington School of Medicine and earned his Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University School of Business.

Dr. Avellino is a former NCAA student-athlete at Cornell University, and is an active endurance ultra-runner. In October 2019 and January 2021, he was fortunate to be a deckhand on the F/V Saga, a commercial crab fishing boat profiled on the Discovery show “Deadliest Catch.” Further, his book, Finding Purpose A Neurosurgeon’s Journey of Hope and Healing, was nationally released in November, 2021.

Medical Education

  • Medical SchoolColumbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY
  • Graduate SchoolMBA - The George Washington University School of Business, Washington, DC
  • FellowshipNeurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery - University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • FellowshipPediatric Neurosurgery - Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • ResidencyNeurosurgery - University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • InternshipGeneral Surgery - University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA