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When a child is diagnosed with hydrocephalus, the entire family is faced with seemingly endless questions, concerns and a significant emotional toll. Boston Children's Hospital's experienced, compassionate health professionals are here to help you at every step of the way. 

Here at Boston Children’s, you and your child will be cared for by experts from several key disciplines, all working together to develop the best possible treatment plan. Our Hydrocephalus Program includes some of the world’s most experienced neurosurgeons, neuroscience nurses, neuropsychologists and other health care professionals. Our strength in all of the related subspecialties ensures that we are ready to address every aspect of your child’s care, from initial diagnostic imaging and home-based shunt management to infection control and long-term family support.

Our team is specially trained in surgical and medical procedures for children, with an emphasis on using minimally invasive tests and operations whenever possible. 

Boston Children’s is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where all of our physicians have faculty appointments. Just as we continue to provide exceptional patient care and medical expertise, our clinicians are also involved in research that moves us closer to a better understanding of—and treatment for—hydrocephalus and other diseases of the brain, spine and nervous system.

Clinicians of Hydrocephalus Program

Joseph R. Madsen, MD

Joseph R. Madsen, MD, is a pediatric neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and congenital malformations of the brain.

Madsen is also director of Boston Children’s Epilepsy Center and an associate professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School.

Edward Robert Smith, MD

Edward Robert Smith, MD, is a pediatric neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of:

He is the director of Boston Children’s Pediatric Cerebrovascular Surgery and co-director of our Center for Head, Neck and Skull Base,  as well as an assistant professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School.


Benjamin C. Warf, MD

Benjamin WarfBenjamin C. Warf, MD, is a pediatric neurosurgeon and director of Neonatal and Congenital Anomaly Neurosurgery at Boston Children’s. He is one of the world’s foremost practitioners of the endoscopic third ventriculostomy procedure to replace the use of shunts in some children with hydrocephalus and spina bifida.

Warf is committed to introducing this minimally invasive procedure in developing nations, where children's access to aftercare is severely limited.

He has helped build a neurosurgical hospital for children in Uganda, where he continues to train pediatric neurosurgeons.  Also an expert in treating cerebral palsy, Warf is an associate professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School.

Researchers of Hydrocephalus Program

Larry Benowitz, PhD

Larry BenowitzLarry Benowitz, director of Boston Children's Laboratories for Neuroscience Research in Neurosurgery, whose research focuses on the basic mechanisms that help nerve connections regrow after traumatic injury




Joseph Madsen, MD

Joseph MadsenJoseph Madsen, MD, Boston Children’s neurosurgeon, director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program and director of the Neurodynamics Research Laboratory, who combines basic science and translational research to improve methods of mapping the brain.




R. Michael Scott, MD

Michael ScottR Michael Scott, MD, Boston Children's Neurosurgeon-in-Chief-emeritus and Christopher R. Fellows Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery, who is examining growth factors found within cerebrospinal fluid and the role of these substances in the emergence of cerebrovascular disorders.



Edward Robert Smith, MD

Edward Robert SmithEdward Robert Smith, MD, Boston Children's neurosurgeon, director of Pediatric Cerebrovascular Surgery and co-director of the Center for Head, Neck and Skull Base, who is working to develop non-invasive biomarkers for detecting neurological disease and to better understand molecular mechanisms in brain tumors and cerebrovascular malformations.



Benjamin C Warf, MD 

Benjamin WarfBenjamin C. Warf, MD, Boston Children's neurosurgeon and director of Neonatal and Congenital Anomaly Neurosurgery, who is researching the emergence and prevalence of hydrocephalus and spina bifida, particularly in developing nations—as well as minimally invasive surgical approaches like endoscopic third ventriculostomy for these diseases.


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