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8110 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042


Leon E Moores, MD

Leon Moores, MD


Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Neurological Surgery

Clinical Interest

Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Children's Brain Cancer/Tumors, Children's Brain Problems and Treatment, Children's Craniofacial Deformities, Craniofacial Deformities, Pediatric Neurosurgery

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About Leon Moores, MD

Leon E. Moores, MD, DSc, is a practicing pediatric neurosurgeon, and he has spent much of his career serving in combined clinical and leadership roles: Infantry Lieutenant, 82nd Airborne Division; Chief of Neurosurgery, Walter Reed; Chair, Department of Surgery, Walter Reed; Deputy Commander (EVP) for Integration, National Naval Medical Center; Commander (CEO), Fort Meade Medical Activity; and CEO, Pediatric Specialists of Virginia. He has twice deployed to combat zones to care for our service members in harm’s way.

Dr. Moores is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (BS), the Uniformed Services University (MD), the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (MS, Strategy and Resource Management), and the School of Health Professions, University of Alabama, Birmingham (DSc, Healthcare Leadership). He is a Professor of Neurosurgery, VCU School of Medicine (Inova) and a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the USU F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine. He has received awards as the honor leadership graduate from West Point, the Army Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Uniformed Services University, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and he co-authored the US Army’s physician leadership development program. He was the Army Surgeon General’s physician leader of the year as a lieutenant colonel in 2005 and again as a colonel in 2012.

Dr. Moores cares deeply about the children and adults he is privileged to care for, believes professionalism demands treating all people with dignity and respect, and hopes to constantly inspire his colleagues to celebrate the honorable mission of taking care of patients.


  • Top Doctors, Washingtonian, 2022

News and Expert Commentary

Inova Live Chat: Concussion Care for Your Child with Dr. Moores and Nurse Navigator Julie O'Brien.

Baby Undergoes Successful Urgent Surgery for Brain Cyst (March 2018)


Medical Education

Uniformed Services University 1990


Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Training Specialty: Internal Medicine
07/01/1990 - 06/30/1991


Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Training Specialty: General Surgery
07/01/1992 - 06/30/1993
National Capital Consortium Walter Reed
Training Specialty: Neurosurgery
07/01/1993 - 06/30/1999


Childrens National Medical Center
Training Specialty: Neurosurgery
07/01/1999 - 06/30/2000

Board Certification

Neurological Surgery

Hospital Affiliation

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