Pediatric neurosurgeon, Washington University alumnus Roland joins Department of Neurosurgery

Jarod Roland, MD
Jarod Roland, MD

Jarod Roland, MD, is joining the Department of Neurosurgery at Washington University as director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program on Dec. 1. As assistant professor, he will share appointments in the Departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology, Pediatrics, Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Neuroscience.

 “We are so very excited about Dr. Roland joining our team,” says David Limbrick, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Washington University.  “He is a surgical innovator and expert investigator in pediatric epilepsy and brain network physiology. With our superb team of pediatric epileptologists in the Department of Neurology, and outstanding neurosurgeons and scientists in the Department of Neurosurgery’s newly created Division of Neurotechnology, Dr. Roland is poised to elevate our already excellent program to become the nation’s premier pediatric surgical epilepsy center.”

Currently an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, Roland is an accomplished academic pediatric neurosurgeon with deep ties to Washington University. He obtained his BS in Computer Science with Minors in Biology and Mathematics from the University of Texas at Dallas and his MD with Research Honors from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. 

Roland first came to Washington University as a medical student participating in the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship under the mentorship of neurosurgeon Eric Leuthardt, MD. He returned after medical school as a resident in the Department of Neurosurgery, followed by fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Roland began his career as a neurosurgeon-scientist at University of California, San Francisco, where he developed a robust clinical practice and research program in pediatric neurosurgery. At WashU he will continue his research efforts applying computational analysis and biomedical engineering with electrophysiology and functional neuroimaging.

“I am thrilled to be returning to WashU to join the team of leaders who trained me to be a committed neurosurgeon, inspired me to be a thoughtful investigator, and nurtured my early career,” said Roland. “The quality of patient care and rigor of scientific research at WashU is second to none. I am honored to once again be a part of the team.”