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John C. Wellons MD, MSPH

Cal Turner Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery, Professor of Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics, and Radiology & Radiological Sciences, Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery Vice Chair, Academics and Faculty Affairs, and Medical Director, Surgical Outcomes Center for Kids

Areas of Expertise

  • Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury, Compression or Tumors
  • Congenital Malformations of the Brain and Spinal Cord
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurosciences
  • Pediatric Neurologic Surgery
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Stroke and Cerebrovascular
  • The Chiari Malformations
  • Tumors of the Brain and Spinal Cord



  • English


  • Doctor of Medicine - University of Mississippi Medical Center, 1995
  • Internship - Duke University Health System, 1996
  • Residency - Duke University Health System, 2000
  • Chief Residency - Duke University Health System, 2001
  • Fellowship - University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, 2002
  • Research Fellowship - University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, 2012
  • Master of Science in Public Health

Board Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery - American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2004
  • Pediatric Neurological Surgery - American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 2006

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Patient Comments

Patient Comments are gathered from the Press Ganey Patient Experience Survey and displayed in full. Patients are not identified in order to respect patient privacy.
Dr. Wellons is amazing. He went above and beyond for my son and still continues giving him the best possible care. He is an excellent physician.
August 9, 2023
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Wonderful care!
August 6, 2023
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Was absolutely impressed with the dr. He listened to us and helped me and my daughter feel comfortable
May 14, 2023
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*Dr. Wellons was exceptional. He was very patient & answered all of my many questions. He was very engaging & inclusive of our son who was 12. He gave me the confidence we needed to move forward with answering.
January 27, 2023
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*Dr. Wellons is unlike any doctor we've ever seen. He is truly a God-send to our family and we are so thankful for him!
January 6, 2023
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