Jody Leonardo, MD, FAANS


Contact Information

3980-A Sheridan Drive
Amherst, NY 14226
P: (716) 218-1000
F: (716) 650-2691

5959 Big Tree Road 
Suite 103
Orchard Park, NY 14127
P: (716) 218-1000
F: (716) 677-4038 


Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Residency Program Director
Director of Brain and Skull Base Endoscopy

University at Buffalo Neurosurgery
State University of New York

"My patients truly inspire me. When a new condition is diagnosed, particularly one that is unfamiliar to patients of mine involving the brain or spine, they can be faced with decisions that can alter their lives forever. I strive to provide the patient with the information necessary to not only understand their condition, but become actively involved in their treatment options.  If the patient requires surgery, the goal of my team is to make the process as smooth as possible. Our priority is to support our patients and their families and provide them with best-in-class care."


Dr. Jody Leonardo is a neurosurgeon in the department of neurosurgery at the University at Buffalo who cares for patients with disorders of the spine and brain, specializing in minimally invasive treatment of hydrocephalus and skull base tumors.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Leonardo joined the faculty at the University at Buffalo in 2009 as Assistant Professor after completing a minimally invasive endoscopic intracranial fellowship in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Since then, she has continued to build her practice in adult spine and brain conditions as well as further developing the minimally invasive brain program at UB Neurosurgery.

Dr. Leonardo graduated summa cum laude from Duquesne University. During her general surgery intern year at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, she received the Golden Apple Award for resident excellence in medical student teaching, the Bronze Torch Award and the WOW award for excellence in patient care. Dr. Leonardo completed her neurosurgical residency training at the University at Buffalo where she was granted the University at Buffalo Resident Award.

Currently, Dr. Leonardo specializes in performing minimally invasive endoscopic surgery on intracranial pathology, specifically pituitary and intraventricular tumor resections and hydrocephalus. By introducing the endoscope through small incisions, diagnosis as well as treatment of these lesions can be performed safely and effectively while decreasing patient discomfort resulting in decreased length of stays.

Medical School
MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine

Allegheny General Hospital, General Surgery Internship

University at Buffalo, Neurosurgical Residency

St. Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Intracrainial Neuroendoscopy Fellowship

Board Certification
Neurological Surgery

Clinical Interests
She has published and presented her work on the efficacy of antimicrobial sutures and has secured grants for her research in tethered spinal cords. Her interest in neuroendoscopy drove her to help organize the Buffalo Brain Endoscopy Course with Dr. Walter Grand to provide training for physicians on how to perform minimally invasive procedures in patients with skull base tumors and spinal fluid problems. She has presented and published her experience in minimally invasive intracranial procedures in academic societies throughout the country and has organized the Multidisciplinary Pituitary Conference where physicians of all specialties gather to discuss management of patients with pituitary lesions.

Professional Highlights
Congress of Neurosurgery Cushing Fellowship Scholarship (2008); Resident of the Year Award—granted by the chairman and attending staff of the UB Department of Neurosurgery for outstanding clinical, surgical and leadership capabilities (2007); WOW Award—granted by hospital administration for providing excellent patient care (2004); Alleghany General Hospital Bronze Torch Award—recognized for service excellence in commitment to patient care and professionalism (2003); Golden Stethoscope Award—acknowledging excellence in clinical teaching to medical students (2003)

American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Congress of Neurological Surgeons; Alumni & Alumni Association of MCP; Erie County Medical Society; Medical Society of NYS; the Hydrocephalus Society; and the Pituitary Society

Selected Publications
View a partial list of Dr. Leonardo’s publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.

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