MUSC Children’s Health pediatric neurosurgery team focuses its efforts on improving the quality of life for children with conditions that require neurosurgery. We treat our patients and their families as part of our family, always delivering the most technologically advanced and evidence-based care possible. We offer the widest range and most advanced pediatric neurosurgical care for infants, children and adolescents who show signs of disorders such as hydrocephalus, brain tumors, skull and spine defects, myelomeningoceles, or spinal tumors. We also provide prenatal consultation and counseling to expectant parents.
Services We Offer
- Neuro-endoscopic surgical techniques for hydrocephalus and brain tumors MUSC Children’s Health is the only facility in South Carolina that offers minimally invasive LASER therapy for treatment of pediatric brain tumors and epilepsy disorders, which were previously viewed as untreatable. This includes a shortened inpatient stay with most of these children going home the day following treatment.
- Neuro Navigation – GPS system for brain surgery using MRI and CT for advanced percussion surgery
- Gamma Knife – non-invasive treatment for many neurosurgical conditions
- Neuro-endovascular treatment of vascular disease and stroke.
- Pediatric neurosurgeons who have additional training in minimally invasive surgery using the smallest flexible neuroendoscopes (cameras). This technique can allow for successful treatment of hydrocephalus in newborns and infants, without placing shunts.
- The most comprehensive pediatric surgical epilepsy program in the state with a team of epilepsy specialists which include surgeons, epileptologists, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists and researchers. Our goal is to improve the lives of all children with seizure disorders.
Neurosurgical Conditions We Treat
- Arachnoid cyst
- Brain and spinal cord tumors
- Chiari 1 malformation
- Craniosynostosis (Read about Rhett's extensive therapy to treat his craniosynostosis).
- Head injury
- Medically refractory epilepsy
- Moya Moya disease
- Nerve injuries, including brachial plexus injuries
- Other spinal dysraphisms
- Skull and spinal column (bone deformities, tumors or abnormalities) – includes congenital and acquired spine abnormalities
- Spina bifida/myelomeningocele
- Tethered spinal cord
- Vascular abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord, including stroke, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, and venous sinus stenosis
Our Care Team
More Care Team Members
Jennifer Marshall, PA
Weston Rice, NP
Kate McCormack, RN | Pediatric Neurosurgery Clinical Care Coordinator
Stacey Little, | Administrative Assistant for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Michael Smith, Ph.D., | Research Manager of the Hydrocephalus Laboratory
Tanja Kellermann, Ph.D. | Researcher in Pediatric Surgical Epilepsy