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The neurosurgery program at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare specializes in neurosurgical care and advancement. Patients have access to the most experienced neurosurgeons in Hampton Roads, state-of-the-art equipment and a team of highly trained, dedicated caregivers.

World class

At Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, we are equipped with a state-of-the-art in-house MRI, the latest generation CT scan, the latest model of Cavitron (CUSA) and the Mazor X.

This advanced equipment enables neurosurgeons to make smaller incisions, which result in shorter recovery times and fewer complications. Access to these tools also means more accurate surgery, which enables the surgeons to remove a tumor without affecting healthy tissue surrounding it.

In addition, Chesapeake Regional was the first civilian hospital in Hampton Roads to use the Stealth Station computer navigation system, a powerful tool that uses an advanced computer and infrared optics to make neurosurgical procedures safer and more precise than ever. And our dedicated neuro-intensive care unit is equipped with the latest monitoring devices and experienced registered nurses.


At Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, designated neurosurgery teams of nurses, surgical assistants, operating room technicians and anesthesiologists who work exclusively at our medical center make up the hospital's own neurosurgical "dream team." The benefit of having a specialized neurosurgical operating room team is increased physician comfort and staff proficiency with less anesthesia time and less surgery time. This results in better outcomes for the patients. Each member of the team has at least 15 to 20 years of experience.

Patient Care Team

Dr. John M. Shutack

A board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Shutack practices at the Chesapeake Regional Neuroscience Institute, an part of Chesapeake Regional Medical Group. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and completed his general surgery internship and neurosurgery residency at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va.

Dr. Shutack is board-certified by the American Board of Neurosurgical Surgery and a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Medical Association. His special interests include minimally-invasive spine surgery.

Sheri Yeatts, PA-C

A board certified physician assistant, Ms. Yeatts practices alongside Dr. Shutack. She specializes in neurosurgery and has worked at Chesapeake Regional since 2009. Ms. Yeatts received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. and her Master of Physician Assistant degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. She is a former
EMT and firefighter and currently volunteers with the American Red Cross, training community groups in all levels of first aid, CPR and lifeguarding.

Ms. Yeatts is a member of the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants, the National Certifying commission for Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the North American Spine Society.