Department of Neurosurgery R. Michael Scott, MD

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R. Michael Scott, MD

Dr. Scott is a true pioneer in the field of pediatric neurosurgery. From subspecializing the field to introducing major surgical advances, his impact has been immeasurable.

And his contributions extend to another level, as well: Countless members of the Boston Children's family have a special place in their hearts for Dr. Scott. His warmth, compassion and integrity have endeared him to patients of all ages, past and present; their families; and those privileged to work for and alongside him over the years.

Broadening the scope of neurosurgery


Since his arrival at Boston Children's in 1988, Dr. Scott has overseen a quadrupling of the Department of Neurosurgery's caseload and has built the largest pediatric neurosurgery department in the world.

His vision has extended beyond volume and into subspecialization: under Dr. Scott's guidance, Boston Children's has developed neurosurgical concentrations in many specialties with the addition of renowned experts in:


Surgical innovation


Dr. Scott developed a revolutionary surgery, pial synangiosis, for the treatment of Moyamoya disease.

He has also introduced groundbreaking surgical advances for treating:

brain and spinal tumors
vascular anomalies
craniofacial anomalies

During his tenure, Boston Children's has emerged as a global leader in endoscopic neurosurgery.

Under Dr. Scott's leadership, Boston Children's Department of Neurosurgery unveiled the world's first pediatric intraoperative MRI suite (MR/OR).


Training the next generation


Dr. Scott has assembled what is now the largest team of board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons in the world. He is a member of the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowships.

Dr. Scott established the Shillito Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship, which supports exceptional young neurosurgeons in pursuing intensive clinical training and scientific research opportunities. Nearly all of its graduates have gone on to major leadership roles at children's hospitals across the U.S.

The following pediatric neurosurgeons have served as Shillito Fellows since the program’s inception in 1991:

Benjamin Warf, MD—Boston Children’s Hospital
Mark Luciano, MD—The Cleveland Clinic
David Adelson, MD—Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Faith Barnett, MD—The Scripps Clinic (San Diego, CA)
David Frim, MD—University of Chicago
Michael Medlock, MD—North Shore Children’s Hospital
Mark Proctor, MD
—Boston Children’s Hospital
Jeffrey Campbell, MD—Dupont-Nemours Children’s Hospital
Jodi Smith, MD—University of Indiana
David Sacco, MD—Southwestern University
Michael McCue, MD—University of Minnesota
Ethan Benardete, MD—Downstate University
Edward Smith, MD—Boston Children’s Hospital
Cormac Maher, MD—University of Michigan
Paul Klimo, MD—The United States Air Force
Edward Ahn, MD—Johns Hopkins University
Ron Grondin, MD—Ohio State University
Suresh Magge, MD—George Washington University
Eric Jackson, MD—Ohio State University
Lance Governale, MD—Ohio State University


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