The Division of Neurosurgery provides inpatient and outpatient surgical services for patients from infancy through young adulthood. The division’s mission focuses primarily on providing cutting-edge operative treatment of the brain and spine, but it also provides excellent routine clinic access five days a week with three board-certified/-eligible pediatric neurosurgeons and three experienced pediatric nurse practitioners.

The neurosurgery staff work in a robust, cooperative, multidisciplinary manner with many other medical and surgical specialties at Children’s, consulting with colleagues in anesthesia, neurology, general surgery, developmental pediatrics, genetics, orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation medicine and at the Craniofacial Center. Our division emphasizes treating congenital conditions of the central nervous system as well as brain and spinal cord tumors, epilepsy, vascular diseases, trauma and craniofacial anomalies. Our nationally renowned multidisciplinary referral programs encompass four areas: craniofacial surgery, epilepsy surgery, neuro-oncology (brain tumors) and congenital conditions (hydrocephalus, spasticity, Chiari malformations and birth defects). The division is also involved in basic, clinical and translational research programs supported by NIH, NSF, and Coulter Foundation grants and other intramural and extramural funds. These research efforts, conducted both collaboratively and with neurosurgery faculty as PI, aim to improve the health of children with neurological disease.

The three areas of research emphasis in our Division are epilepsy (including seizure localization, functional mapping, and brain-machine interface), hydrocephalus (infection-control protocols and CSF proteomics) and molecular imaging and targeting therapies of brain tumors. Our clinical faculty are all actively collaborating with the Center for Integrative Brain Research under the leadership of Dr. Jan-Marino Ramirez, who also has an appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Our clinical faculty members publish many unique peer-reviewed articles each year and are on several editorial boards of high-impact clinical journals.

Leadership and Faculty

Jeffrey G. Ojemann, MD, Division Chief of Neurosurgery; Director of Epilepsy Surgery; Co-Director

Neurosurgery, Hematology-Oncology, Epilepsy, Vascular Anomalies

Academic Title: Professor

Jeffrey G. Ojemann, MD is attending physician, Division Chief of Neurosurgery, and director of epilepsy surgery at the Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Seattle Childrens Hospital. He is also a Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of... cont.


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