Editorial Board: JNS: Pediatrics
Nalin Gupta, Co-Chair
Dr. Nalin Gupta is Professor of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. He received his medical degree from, and completed his residency at, the University of Toronto. His graduate work, completed at UCSF, focused on the role of radiation in tumor cell growth. His current research interests include the interaction between tumor cells and the host microenvironment, fetal surgery for myelomeningocele, and clinical trials for patients with diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas. He holds board certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Gupta joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in 2016.
Matthew D. Smyth, Co-Chair
Dr. Matthew D. Smyth is a Professor of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics at Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and he is the Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program and the neurosurgeon for the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Institute at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University in 1992. He obtained his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco, in 1996, where he also completed his residency in neurosurgery, in 2002. In 2003, Dr. Smyth completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama/University of Alabama at Birmingham. He joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2003. His clinical and research interests focus on techniques and outcomes related to pediatric epilepsy surgery, craniofacial surgery including endoscopic techniques, laser-ablation, and minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery, hydrocephalus, Chiari malformations, and brain tumors. Additional research interests include advanced functional imaging in pediatric epilepsy, genetic correlates of craniosynostosis, and the development of novel devices for the treatment of refractory epilepsy with focal brain cooling. He has written over 135 peer-reviewed publications and 20 chapters and has delivered over 200 invited lectures and presentations at national and international meetings and holds 5 patents. He holds board certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. Dr. Smyth is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Smyth joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in 2016.
Dr. Andrew Jea attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He then entered medical school at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Dr. Jea completed his residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida; his pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and his spine fellowship at the University of Miami. He also pursued a master’s degree in health administration at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and will complete a master’s degree of business administration in the Physician MBA Program at Indiana University Kelley School of Business in May 2021.
Dr. Jea’s clinical practice includes the breadth of pediatric spinal disorders such as spinal deformities, spinal column tumors, trauma, and congenital anomalies. He has other interests in peripheral nerve disorders, fetal neurosurgery, and spasticity. He has published more than 215 peer-reviewed articles and over 40 book chapters, mainly on the topic of pediatric spine.
In 2020, Dr. Jea joined the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he is Professor, Vice-Chairman, and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Jea remains active on the national level as a member of the executive committees of the Section of Neurological Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics and AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery. Dr. Jea is an active fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society. He has served as an editorial board member for AANS Neurosurgeon, and he serves on the editorial boards of Pediatrics and Operative Neurosurgery.
Dr. Jea was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in 2017.
Jeffrey P. Blount
Dr. Blount is Professor and Chair of the Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Children’s of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Blount was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in the Capital District (Albany) of New York State. He attended Washington and Lee University where he graduated magna cum laude and with membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. After residency, Dr. Blount served in the US Navy as a staff neurosurgeon at Naval Medical Center, San Diego. Following this he pursued a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto.
Dr. Blount came to Birmingham immediately after fellowship training and has remained there for the duration of his career. He has served at Children’s of Alabama as the Chief of the Medical Staff as well as appointments on the Credentialing Committee, Clinical Outcomes Committee and Quality Assurance Committee. Within the Department of Neurosurgery at UAB, he serves on the Clinical Competency Committee and Faculty Promotion Committee and was appointed Chair of the Pediatric Section in 2017. He is an active member of the AANS, the CNS, the Neurosurgical Society of America, the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery, the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery, the Pediatric Section, the American Epilepsy Society and the Spina Bifida Association of America. Dr. Blount served as delegate and Secretary of the Accreditation Council of Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships and as the Chair of the Professional Advisory Board of the Spina Bifida Association of America.
Dr. Blount was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in 2017.
Dr. Riva-Cambrin graduated from medical school in June 1998 and then completed a neurosurgery residency at the University of Toronto, Canada. He obtained a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Toronto under the direction of Dr. James Drake. Dr. Riva-Cambrin completed a postgraduate fellowship in pediatric neurological surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto.
Dr. Riva-Cambrin's clinical interest is pediatric neurosurgery specifically including the treatment of hydrocephalus, craniofacial surgery, endoscopy, and clinical epidemiology. He is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Pediatric Neurosurgery Study Group (CPNSG). He is also a Principal Investigator within the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN). Recent research interests include comparing the outcomes between ETV+CPC and shunts in the infant hydrocephalus population, predicting success in ETV+CPC–treated infants, and exploring the relationship between ventricle size and neuropsychological outcomes in older children treated for hydrocephalus. He has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on 14 grants and has over 87 peer-reviewed publications, mostly focused on pediatric hydrocephalus.
Dr. Riva-Cambrin has recently joined the faculty at the University of Calgary from his previous role at the University of Utah. He is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, the Residency Program Director for the neurosurgery training program, and is the Founder and Director of ACORN Kids (www.acornkids.org) a neurosurgical clinical research center at the University of Calgary with special focus on pediatric hydrocephalus and craniofacial surgery.
Dr. Riva-Cambrin was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in 2018.
Sandi Lam, MD, MBA, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. She is a faculty affiliate at the Baylor Center for Ethics and Policy as well as a faculty advisor for the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute. She completed her neurosurgery residency at University of California, Los Angeles, and Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowship at University of Pittsburgh/Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Her clinical focus encompasses pediatric epilepsy surgery, cerebrovascular surgery, and craniofacial surgery. Her interests and expertise include minimally invasive endoscopic surgical techniques, quality improvement/process improvement, patient engagement, and development of multidisciplinary patient-centered clinical programs. Her academic program is based on health services research with quality improvement and outcomes research using data analytics to understand and improve health care utilization and delivery. This focus intersects with policy and advocacy.
Her clinical and academic interests are reflected in over 120 peer-reviewed publications, as well as multiple textbook chapters and invited lectures. She was the American College of Surgeons/American Association of Neurological Surgeons Health Policy scholar for 2015-2016, and continues to participate in leadership, advocacy, and quality work in regional and national forums. Dr. Lam actively engages in education, mentorship, and career development for neurosurgery trainees, young faculty, graduate students, and health tech innovators. She also contributes to international neurosurgery efforts toward building sustainable pediatric neurosurgery services in developing countries.
Dr. Lam was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in 2018.
Dr. Edward Ahn completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University and received his medical degree with honors from the New York University School of Medicine. Afterward, he completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Ahn then completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery as the Shillito Staff Associate at the Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School. From 2007 to 2018, he served on the faculty in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital as an Assistant Professor with promotion to Associate Professor.
In 2018, Dr. Ahn was recruited as a Senior Associate Consultant and Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His clinical focus is endoscopic surgery for the treatment of hydrocephalus, brain tumors, and craniosynostosis. He performs prenatal fetoscopic surgery for repair of spina bifida. He is an officer in the AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery. He has served on the editorial board of Child’s Nervous System. Dr. Ahn was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in 2019.
Dr. Gregory Albert is the Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and is a graduate of the MD/MPH program at Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Dr. Albert practices the full range of pediatric neurosurgery with a special interest in the surgical management of epilepsy. Dr. Albert was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in 2019.
Jeffrey R. Leonard
Jeffrey R. Leonard graduated with a BA in English and a BS in chemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1990 and received his MD in 1995. He completed his neurosurgical training at the University of Washington in 2003. Upon completion of his fellowship he joined the staff at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He remained at St. Louis Children’s from 2003 to 2014. During this time he was Director of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Tumor Bank, Committee Chair for the CMEC Joint Practice Group, Co-Director of Neuro-Critical Care, Co-Director of St. Louis Children’s Neuro-Oncology Center, and Physician Co-Leader for the Neuroscience Unit Based Joint Practice Team. In 2014 Dr. Leonard moved from St. Louis to Columbus, Ohio, to become Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Fellowship Director at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He holds the Robert F. & Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery.
Dr. Leonard’s research interests focus on the pathogenesis and surgical treatment of pediatric brain tumors. His laboratory efforts are primarily directed at investigating molecular pathways in gliomas and, in particular, pilocytic astrocytomas. He is currently partnering with Dr. Jonathan Finlay, and together they are exploring the role of exosomes in medulloblastomas. His clinical research is mainly focused on his collaboration with Dr. Julie Leonard, where he is serving as the neurosurgical consultant for her work on the management of pediatric cervical spine injury in the emergency room. In addition, he is currently participating as the neurosurgical lead for a multi-institutional collaboration dedicated to the treatment of cerebral palsy in the pediatric and adult populations.
Dr. Leonard has had multiple honors and awards including the AANS/Tumor Section–Preuss Award and the University of Washington School of Medicine Robert H. Williams Research Prize. He has served on a number of national committees and has actively been involved in the mentoring and training of more than 30 neurosurgical fellows and students. He has given more than 60 invited presentations and has coauthored more than 100 publications. Dr. Leonard was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in 2019.
Gerald Grant, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Stanford University. Dr. Grant graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and then completed medical education at Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed residency training at the University of Washington and completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Grant then served active duty in the United States Air Force and was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Grant joined the faculty at Duke University in 2006 and was recruited back to Stanford in 2013. He is a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Bio-X, and Child Health Research Institute at Stanford. He has written more than 230 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 40 book chapters. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is also board certified in Pediatric Neurosurgery by the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. Dr. Grant is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Grant has a specialized clinical interest in pediatric brain tumors, epilepsy, Chiari malformations, and trauma. His laboratory efforts focus on concussion and the molecular characterization of the blood-brain barrier. Dr. Grant joined the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in 2020.
Stephanie Greene, MD, is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is the site neurosurgery residency program director and is on the medical school admissions committee. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in biology and psychology, from Albany Medical College, and from neurosurgical residency at Brigham and Women’s and Boston Children’s Hospitals. Dr. Greene completed a pediatric neurosurgical fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She began her career at Brown University’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital and has been at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh since 2009. She holds certification by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. Dr. Greene’s clinical focus is on cerebrovascular surgery, neural tube defects and other congenital disorders, tumors of the brain and spine, and Chiari malformation. She is the Director of Vascular and Perinatal Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Her clinical research interests are centered on investigation of myelomeningocele outcomes and various vascular disorders, particularly moyamoya syndrome and disease, among others. She is involved in translational research with device development for fetal therapy. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the North American Fetal Therapy Network. Dr. Greene was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in 2020.
Mark D. Krieger
Mark D. Krieger, MD, is a Professor of Neurological Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). He is the Surgeon-in-Chief and a Senior Vice President at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). He holds the Billy and Audrey Wilder Chair in Neurosurgery at CHLA. Dr. Krieger obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in neurobiology and graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Los Angeles County/USC and his fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at CHLA. He served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York from 2000 to 2002 and then joined the program at USC and CHLA in 2002. His research and clinical work focus on tumors of the brain and spine in children. Dr. Krieger is the current Chair of the Joint Section of the AANS/CNS on Pediatric Neurological Surgery and serves on the Executive Committee of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery, of which he is a Director. Dr. Krieger was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in 2020.
Sean Lew, MD, is a Professor, Chief of the Pediatric Division of Neurosurgery, and Residency Program Director at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He holds the Mardak/Vandenberg Family Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin where he is also the Director of the Epilepsy Surgery Program. He received his BA degree from Reed College, his MD from Oregon Health and Science University, and his neurosurgical training at the University of Vermont, and he was the last pediatric neurosurgery fellow at the Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery, founded by Dr. Fred Epstein. Dr. Lew is a fellow of the ABNS and a diplomate of the ABPNS. His areas of expertise and clinical/research interests include general pediatric neurosurgery, epilepsy surgery, and disorders of the craniocervical junction and cervical spine in children. Dr. Lew was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in 2020.
David D. Limbrick
David D. Limbrick Jr., MD, PhD, is the T.S. Park Chair, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Limbrick completed his MD and PhD degrees at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University followed by neurosurgery residency at Washington University and pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. His clinical and research interests include pediatric hydrocephalus, Chiari type I malformation and syringomyelia, and pediatric brain tumors. Dr. Limbrick was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in 2020.