VA Connecticut Healthcare System - West Haven Campus

950 Campbell Ave, West Haven, CT 06516

The Connecticut VA Medical Center (VAMC) is one of two VA hospitals in New England that provides neurosurgical services to our nation’s veterans, and our catchment area encompasses all six New England states, with occasional referrals from New York state, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Neurosurgical care is provided at the West Haven VA Hospital, located three miles from the Yale Medical School campus. VAMC neurosurgery is staffed by neurosurgeons and neurosurgery residents from the Yale University Department of Neurosurgery. 

VAMC offers veterans a full complement of neurosurgical services, including outpatient clinic visits, emergency room consultations, inpatient consultations, e-consults, and neurosurgical procedures. 

Surgical capabilities include:

  • basic and complex spinal decompression and stabilization procedures using open and minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques
  • spinal surgery for metastatic disease and infection 
  • primary and metastatic brain tumor open surgeries 
  • pituitary surgery in conjunction with ENT 
  • stereotaxic brain biopsies 
  • evacuation of intracranial hemorrhages 
  • shunting for hydrocephalus 
  • Ommaya reservoir placement 
  • cranioplasties 
  • carpal tunnel release for carpel tunnel syndrome 
  • cubital tunnel release for ulnar compression neuropathies at the elbow 
  • muscle and nerve biopsies 

Cases requiring more specialized neurosurgical care are referred to Yale New Haven Hospital (e.g., cerebrovascular procedures, functional neurosurgery, radiosurgery), or cases requiring intraoperative physiologic monitoring, MRI imaging, or perioperative neurocritical care.

VA Medical Center Faculty

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Kristopher Thomas Kahle, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

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Joseph T King, Jr, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery