Neuro Surgery

Current Research

A Comparative Imaging Study of Pediatric Patients with Hydrocephalus and Pediatric Patients with Normal Brain Structure Utilizing MRI Image Sequencing of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Dynamics

Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Composition: Profile of CSF After Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy with Choroid Plexus Cauterization in Patients with Hydrocephalus

Cost Effectiveness of Open Versus Endoscopic Craniosynostosis Repair

Evaluating Predictors of Outcomes in the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Population Undergoing Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV) with Choroid Plexus Cauterization (CPC)

Evaluating Predictors of Outcomes in the Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Patient Population

Evaluating Surgical Outcomes in Pediatric Chiari I Malformation

Evaluation of the Use and Effectiveness of ETV and Shunts fo Hydrocephalus in Craniosynostosis Patients

Impact of Arterial Pulse Pressure on Shunt Failure in Adult Hydrocephalus Patients 

In Utero vs. Post Natal Diagnosis of Hydrocephalus: Identifying Trends in Clinical Care and Outcomes

Informing Choice for Neurotechnological Innovation in Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery

Physiological Brain Atlas Development

Predictors Associated with Risk Reduction in Pediatric Brain Tumor Patients Undergoing Posterior Fossa Resection

Assessing Effectiveness of Treatment and Identifying Predictors of Survival in Pediatric Patients with High-Grade Gliomas

Role of Chiari Severity Index and Chicago Chiari Outcome Scale in Surgical Outcomes

The Influences on Parental Decisions to Promote Selective Children Sport Activity Involvement

Timing of Syrinx Reduction and Stabilization after Posterior Fossa Decompression for Pediatric Chiari Malformation-I

Mutism After Posterior Fossa Tumor Resection in Children: A Multicenter International Retrospective Study

Predictive Model for Length of Stay in Patients Undergoing Intracranial Aneurysm Coiling

Cost Effectiveness of Angiography Versus MRA in Follow-up of Intracranial Aneurysm Coiling 

Inter-Rater Reliability of External Ventricular Drain (EVD) Placement in Intraparenchymal Hemorrhage (IPH)

Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) Rates and the Number of Treated Un-ruptured and Ruptured Aneurysms in the National Inpatient Sample (2012-15)

Baseline Screening for Occlusion in Acute Ischemic Stroke

Cost Analysis of Follow-up Imaging and Clinic Visits for Small Intracranial Aneurysms

Treatment Rates for Symptomatic or Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis and the Rate of Acute Ischemic Stroke

Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Treatment Options for the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Population

Systematic Reviews of the Literature:

A Systematic Review of the Treatment of Epilepsy Resulting from Perinatal Stroke

A Systematic Review of Parental Perception in Craniosynostosis Surgery: Evaluating Stress, Satisfaction, Risks & Benefits

Trends in the Publishing of Craniosynostosis Research Projects

Trends in the Publishing of Scoliosis Research Projects

Multi Center Networks:

Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN)

A Multicenter Prospective Study of Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV) and Choroid Plexus Cauterization (CPC) in Children with Hydrocephalus (HCRN ETV+CPC Prospective Study)

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Anterior versus Posterior Entry Site for CSF Shunt Insertion (HCRN Entry Site Trial)

Cerebrospinal Fluid Markers of Post-Hemorrhagic Hydrocephalus (HCRN CSF Markers of PHH)

HCRN Core Data Project: Characterizing Patient Populations in the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN) (HCRN Registry)

HCRN Shunt Quality Improvement Protocol

The Park-Reeves Syringiomyelia Research Consortium

The Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Research Consortium Registry

Posterior Fossa Decompression with or without Duraplasty for Chiari type I Malformation with Syringomyelia

Prediction of Outcomes in Posterior Fossa Decompression for Chiari Type I Malformation with Syringomyelia Using an Artificial Neural Network

Comparison of Surgical Techniques for Chiari Malformation-I on Scoliosis

Identifying Potential Predictors of Spinal Fusion Two Years After Posterior Fossa Decompression in Patients with Chiari I Malformation and Scoliosis

Pediatric Adamantinomatous Craniopharyngioma (CPA) Multicenter Workgroup

Advancing Treatment for Pediatric Craniopharyngioma: Prospective Pilot Study Identifying Clinically Relevant Biological Targets for Medical Therapy

Internal Collaborators

Collaborating Centers


Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research (CSQOR)

Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research

Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Research (V-SCoRe)

Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center (VICC)



Pediatric Brain Tumor Collaborative

Devang Pastakia, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Adam Esbenshade, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Neuropsychology Collaborative


Neuropsychology Collaborative

Bruce Compas, PhD
Department of Psychological Sciences
Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair of Psychology and Human Development
Professor of Pediatrics

Jennifer Thigpen, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Hematology-Oncology
Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Traumatic Brain Injury Collaborative

Truc Le, MD
Pediatric Critical Care Unit
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Amber Greeno, MSN, RN
Trauma Service
Trauma Program Manager

Purnima Unni
Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program Coordinator