Neurosurgery performed in the womb has exciting implications

Pediatric Neurosurgeon Jennifer Strahle, MD, performs a prenatal operation to repair the birth defect known as myelomeningocele.

The ability to perform surgery on a baby before birth can change the trajectory of a child’s disease. Pediatric neurosurgeon Jennifer Strahle, MD operates on increasing numbers of her spina bifida patients before they leave the womb – and, as a result, is seeing increasingly better outcomes.  The implications of this innovative type of surgery […]

Growing up with epilepsy, Emma celebrates a year without seizures

Emma Beutow can’t remember life without epilepsy, but her mom Misty recalls the first time Emma had a seizure at age 3. Actually, she didn’t know it was a seizure until later.  Like many people, Misty associated seizures with dramatic convulsions. Emma’s seizures were more subtle.   “She would do these weird things where she would […]

Neurosurgeon restores mobility for thousands of children with cerebral palsy

Pediatric Neurosurgeon T.S. Park, MD celebrates with his patients.

To thousands of families worldwide, T.S. Park, MD, is known as the hero who developed minimally invasive “selective dorsal rhizotomy” surgery that helped their children gain mobility. Not only has he performed more than 4,600 surgeries to treat spastic cerebral palsy patients from 80 countries, and traveled to follow up with many of them, he […]

Vellimana joins Neurosurgery faculty

Ananth Vellimana, MD

Ananth Vellimana, MD, is joining the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery at Washington University as assistant professor on the investigator track beginning July 1. Currently an endovascular surgical neuroradiology fellow with the Department of Radiology, Dr. Vellimana completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the lab of Gregory Zipfel, MD, followed by neurosurgery residency at […]

Q&A with Mersiha Menkovic, office manager for the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Cheerleading for "our one and only 'Dancing with a neurosurgeon star' TS Park. Menkovic (left), Park, Monday Hammond, SDR coordinator, and Nicole Meyer, physician assistant.

When did you join the Department of Neurosurgery? What is your current role? In 2009, I joined the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery as an executive assistant to Dr. T. S. Park and was promoted to office manager shortly after. What is your role in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital? My […]

Washington University neurosurgeons’ PBS show explores wonders of the brain

The highly acclaimed BrainWorks, a theatrical production created by and starring Washington University School of Medicine neurosurgeons Eric C. Leuthardt, MD, and Albert H. Kim, MD, PhD, is now airing on PBS stations throughout the U.S. The St. Louis premiere is scheduled to air on the Nine Network Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 from 7 […]

Surgeon-scientists are among top recipients of federal grants

Dr. Leuthardt looks at a screen of a brain image

Committed to world-class research, our department continues to attract significant federal grants for groundbreaking work to improve the human condition. Since last July alone, our surgeon-scientists have been granted more than $13 million in new federal funds. Here are some of the top grants our faculty have received: Gavin Dunn, MD – R01 $2.26M NIH R01 […]

12-year-old has amazing survival story after brain hemorrhage

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Twelve-year-old Jackson Scharf sustained a devastating hemorrhage in his cerebellum, the lowest portion of the brain towards the back of the skull.  He had an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and was saved by the efforts of David Limbrick, MD, chief of pediatric neurosurgery, and the neurosurgical team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. See Fox2 news story.

Washington University neurosurgeons perform first navigated robotic-assisted spine surgery in Missouri

Washington University spinal neurosurgeons at Barnes-Jewish Hospital performed the first navigated robotic-assisted minimally-invasive spine surgery in Missouri on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Wilson Zachary Ray, MD, and Ammar H. Hawasli, MD, PhD, used the technique for a spinal fusion procedure on a 79-year-old patient from St. Louis. The operation took less than 2 hours, and […]