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William Jeff Elias

Professor
Unit: School of Medicine
Department: Department of Neurological Surgery
Office location and address
81 Hospital Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
University of Virginia, 1994, MD
Residency, Neurosurgery, University of Virginia; Neurosurgery, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, England
Fellowship, Functional Neurosurgery, Oregon Health & Science University
Biography

William Jeffrey Elias was born in Durham, North Carolina, in 1968. He grew up in Roanoke as the son of a neurologist. He attended Wake Forest University and pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry while also playing junior varsity tennis. While in college, he was awarded a scholarship for undergraduate research in chemistry and he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He attended the University of Virginia for medical school and neurosurgical training. During neurosurgical training, he completed intramural fellowships in neuropathology and spinal surgery before spending a year in Plymouth, England, as a senior registrar. Following residency, he pursued additional training in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at the Oregon Health Sciences University.

In 2002, Dr. Elias returned to the University of Virginia where he is currently the director of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery with a large multidisciplinary program in the surgical treatment of movement disorders, epilepsy and spasticity. He currently sits on the medical advisory board of the International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF). Dr. Elias’ clinical team includes Caroline Metsch, PAC, Kathy Maynard, RN, and Karen Osteen.

Scientifically, Dr. Elias is pursuing research projects that match his clinical interests in movement disorders and epilepsy surgery. His clinical research involves the use of MR-guided focused ultrasound for the treatment of movement disorders such as essential tremor and Parkinson's disease.  Other image-guided investigations involve the use of laser interstitial thermal therapy and MRI-guided deep brain stimulation.  In the laboratory, he is studying the use of focused ultrasound to modulate the central nervous system and to map deep brain targets.

Academically, Dr. Elias serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery and holds the rank of professor with tenure.

Global Registry: ExAblate 4000 transcranial MR guided focusedultrasound (TcMRgFUS) of Neurological Disorders
Source: InSightec - Image Guided Treatment Ltd.
February 01, 2017 – January 31, 2024
A Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Staged Bilateral Exablate Treatment of Medication Refractory Essential Tremor
Source: InSightec - Image Guided Treatment Ltd.
April 06, 2020 – April 05, 2023
Registry of Deep Brain Stimulation with the VERCISE¿ System: Vercise¿ DBS Registry
Source: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
February 05, 2020 – February 04, 2023
Transcranial focused ultrasound for head and neck cancer pain. A pilot study
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Neurological Disorders & Str
September 30, 2019 – August 31, 2022
MD-NERS A Pivotal Study to Evaluate the Effectiveness and Safety of ExAblate Transcranial MRgFUS Thalamotomy Treatment of Medication Refractory Essential Tremor Subjects - ET002 Continued Access
Source: InSightec - Image Guided Treatment Ltd.
January 22, 2015 – February 28, 2022
MD-NERS A Pivotal Study to Evaluate the Effictiveness and Safety of ExAblate Transcranial MRgFUS Thalamotomy Treatment of Medication Refractory Essential Tremor Subjects
Source: InSightec - Image Guided Treatment Ltd.
July 02, 2013 – February 28, 2022
MD-NERS A Pivotal Study to Evaluate the Effectiveness and Safety of ExAblate Transcranial MRgFUS Thalamotomy Treatment of Medication Refractory Essential Tremor Subjects
Source: InSightec - Image Guided Treatment Ltd.
June 14, 2013 – February 28, 2022
InSightec Consulting
Source: InSightec - Image Guided Treatment Ltd.
August 15, 2017 – January 01, 2022
A Pivotal Clinical Trial of the Management of the Medically-Refractory Dyskinesia Symptoms or Motor Fluctuations of Advanced Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease With Unilateral Lesioning of the Globus Pallidum
Source: InSightec - Image Guided Treatment Ltd.
March 16, 2018 – March 15, 2021
Long Term Outcomes of patients Receiving ExAblate Transcranial MRgFUS Thalamotomy for Medication Refractory Essential Tremor
Source: InSightec - Image Guided Treatment Ltd.
May 18, 2017 – May 17, 2020
MD-NER Low Intensity Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Neurological Disorders & Str
September 15, 2016 – August 31, 2019
MD-NERS A Feasibility Clinical Trial of the Management of the Medically-Refractory Dyskinesia Symptoms of Advanced Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease with Unilateral Lesioning of the Globus Pallidum Using the Exablate Transcranial System
Source: Focused Ultrasound Foundation
February 16, 2015 – June 15, 2019
MD-NERS Long wavelength laser interstitial thermal therapy (LWLITT)
Source: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
August 01, 2016 – January 31, 2018
MD-PATH/DB/Abbott/15509
Source: Abbott Labs.
March 21, 2011 – December 31, 2016
Transcranial MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound for the Treatment of Tremor-Dominant Parkinson's Disease
Source: Focused Ultrasound Foundation
August 15, 2012 – September 12, 2016
A Long-Term Follow Up Study of the Patients Who Underwent Bilateral Stimulation
Source: St. Jude Medical Neuromodulation Division
May 05, 2010 – May 04, 2015
MD-NERS FUS Treatment Envelope
Source: Focused Ultrasound Foundation
March 26, 2013 – December 31, 2013
Magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) lesioning of deep brain nuclei
Source: Focused Ultrasound Foundation
April 01, 2011 – September 30, 2013
MD-NERS A Feasibility Study to Evaluate Safety and Initial Effectiveness of ExAblate Transcranial MR Guided Focused Ultrasound for Unilateral Thalamotomy in the Treatment of Essential Tremor
Source: Focused Ultrasound Foundation
February 04, 2011 – February 04, 2013
COGS 3960: Cognitive Science Research
Credits: 3
This course aims to provide faculty-supervised research experience. A faculty mentor should be identified before enrollment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Faculty supervisor permission.
  • 2009-2018 Best Doctors in America® List
  • 2002 School of Medicine’s Excellence in Clinical Medicine Award