Our Team

Our board-certified neurosurgeons and neurologist team are experts in disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems, and provide both surgical and non-surgical treatment for a broad range of neurological disorders.

The Division of Neurosurgery is supported by a team of board-certified neuroradiologists and neuropathologists and collaborates with neurosurgeons in other surgical divisions to provide each patient with the highest level of care and the comprehensive experience of each physician, neurologist and staff member involved in your diagnosis and treatment.


Paul K. Maurer, MD
Chief of Neurosurgery, Surgical Director of the Unity Spine Center

Dr. Maurer specializes in all aspects of spine and brain surgery; he has been consistently ranked as one of the top neurosurgeons in the country for more than 15 years. He is a nationally recognized surgeon and speaker on surgical methods and practices. His track record for success in neurosurgery is unparalleled in the areas of patient care and surgical quality.

He earned both his B.A. in Biology and his medical degree from the University of Rochester, where he also completed post-doctoral residencies in Neurosurgery and General Surgery.

Dr. Maurer is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He is a member of the
American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves; a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

He is a clinical professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Rochester, where he has held faculty appointments for more than 20 years. He also had a visiting professorship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. where he taught Army and Navy neurosurgeons, residents, interns, medical students and physician assistants about ballistics and head injuries.

Dr. Maurer’s honors include the Joseph V. McDonald Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery Resident Staff (2010 and 2007); The Carl S. Hallauer Award from the Police Rosewood Club (2009); Edward & Jacqueline S. Harris Award from the Veterans Outreach Center, Inc. (2009); receiving a Key to the City from Mayor Robert Duffy in Rochester, New York (2009); Attending Teacher of the Year from the Medical & Surgical house staff at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington (1992) and the Bronze Star (for leadership in a combat theatre) from the United States Army in Washington, D.C. (1991).

Dr. Maurer has made a wealth of contributions in the field, from educational conferences and national lectureships to teaching courses and making presentations. He has authored numerous journal articles, books and chapters, including topics such as disc herniation, spine surgery, and neurosurgical techniques.

James Maxwell, MD
Chief of Neurosurgery, Rochester General Hospital

Dr. Maxwell has been a member of the Medical and Dental Staff at Rochester General Hospital since 1981, and serves at the Division Head of Neurological Surgery at RGH.

He earned his Medical Degree from Columbia University and completed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital and a Fellowship at the Neurological Institute of New York (where he served as Chief Resident) and The National Hospital Queens Square.

Dr. Maxwell is board certified and a member of the International College of Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He specializes in peripheral nerve and spine surgery, Trigeminal Neuralgia and brain tumors.


Matthew Dashnaw, PharmD, MD

Dr. Dashnaw specializes in degenerative spine conditions, brain and spinal tumors, traumatic brain injury, hydrocephalus, trigeminal neuralgia/cranial nerve compression, peripheral nerve disorder and spinal trauma.

After earning his Pharm. D. degree and working for a year as a pharmacist, Dr. Dashnaw earned a full scholarship to pursue his Doctor of Medicine at Ross University in New Jersey. There, he specialized in neurosurgery, publishing research on treating cognitive deficits in patients with schizophrenia, malignant glioma metastatic brain tumors, and traumatic brain injury and CSF movement.

He then completed his Neurological Surgery residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Dr. Dashnow trained with both Paul Maurer, MD, and James Maxwell, MD, and is a respected author and surgeon who has earned national recognition for his efforts.



Anthony Petraglia, MD

Dr. Petraglia specializes in all aspects of spine and brain surgery. He has extensive subspecialty experience in sports-related neurologic injuries.

He holds a B.A. in Biology with Neuroscience Specialization (Honors) and earned his medical degree at the University of Rochester (with Distinctions in Research and Community Service). He did his residency in Neurosurgery at the university as well. His Fellowships in Neurological Sports Medicine were completed at the West Virginia University Department of Neurosurgery and the Northshore University Health System Department of Neurosurgery.

He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Petraglia’s honors include Outstanding Academic Achievement Award from the University of Rochester, Department of Neurosurgery (every year from 2010 to 2014); First Place Trauma and Critical Care Eposter and DePuy Synthes Resident Craniofacial Award at the AANS Annual Meeting (2014); Marquis Who’s Who in America (2013); Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare (2011 – 2012); Best Basic Science Poster at the 4th Annual Neurology and Neurosurgery Resident and Fellow Research Symposium (2009) and many others.

Dr. Petraglia recently published the Handbook of Neurological Sports Medicine: Concussion and Other Nervous System Injuries in the Athlete (with co-authors Julian Bales, M.D. and Arthur Day, M.D.).

He has written extensively, authoring multiple book chapters and articles.

Patrick J. Reid, MD

Dr. Reid specializes in all aspects of spine and brain surgery. His special interests range from brain tumors (including meningiomas and pituitary tumors) and spine tumors to cervical and lumbar spine surgery to carpal tunnel surgery. He brings a strong global perspective to the team, having had diverse medical training in London, Los Angeles and the New York City area.

He earned his BSc in Neuroscience as well as his medical degree from the University College London Medical School. He interned in General Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center and completed two residencies in Neurosurgery: one at the University of Rochester and the other at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Reid is board eligible; he is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and Suffolk County Medical Society (SCMS).

Dr. Reid received the Most Compassionate Doctor Award (2013) and the Patients’ Choice Award (2012 and 2013) from Vitals. The Patients’ Choice Award goes to just 5% of the nation’s active physicians; it’s based on patient reports of the care they received, including bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, degree of follow-up, and courtesy of office staff. Hundreds of thousands of patients across the U.S. provided feedback about their doctors each year and only those doctors who receive near-perfect scores receive this award.

He also received the Prieskel Elective Award from The Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Amulree Elective Award from the University College London Medical School.

His professional publications include topics in neurosurgery and spinal surgery.

Anthony Dambra, RPA-C
Physician Assistant

Anthony holds degrees from the University at Buffalo and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.


Mary Lang, NP
Family Nurse Practitioner

Mary specializes in managing both inpatient and outpatient neurosurgical and spine care. She is also a preceptor for Physician Assist students from the Rochester Institute of Technology and presents educational sessions for patients and healthcare providers.

She earned a diploma in Nursing from the Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing, a B.S. in Nursing from Nazareth College and a Masters in Nursing from the University of Rochester. She is also a certified Critical Care Registered Nurse.

Mary is a member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).