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Contact the Spina Bifida Program

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Spina Bifida (myelodysplasia) Program Meet our Team

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Our physicians

  • Nedda M. Hobbs, MD, is the medical director of the Boston Children's Hospital Spina Bifida Program and associate director of Boston Children's Complex Care Services. Hobbs specializes in treating spina bifida, autism and pervasive developmental disorders and severe developmental disabilities. Her research focuses on complexities of care in children with spina bifida and other neurological conditions, and she is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Our surgeons

  • Carlos R. Estrada, Jr., MD, is the surgical director of Boston Children's Spina Bifida Program and a member of the Department of Urology. Estrada completed his fellowship at Boston Children's and joined the faculty here in 2006. His research interests include bladder regeneration, tissue engineering and embryonic stem cell biology. He is an assistant professor of Urological Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

  • Seymour Zimbler, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon with more than 40 years of experience in treating children with multiple musculoskeletal disorders and deformities. He specializes in surgical techniques and orthotic therapies that address gait issues, spinal deformities and other issues inherent to spina bifida and cerebral palsy. Zimbler is also an assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Our nursing professionals

  • Rebecca L. Sherlock, MSN, PNP, is a pediatric nurse practitioner who specializes in treating children with spina bifida and other neuromuscular conditions.

  • Elizabeth Tannebring, CPNP, is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner whose specialties include spina bifida, chronic illness and developmental and behavioral pediatrics.

Our allied health professionals

  • Maria Carvalho, MSW, LICSW,is a social worker who provides counseling and other support services for children with spina bifida and their families.

  • Julia O'Connell Hunter, PT,is a physical therapist who works with spina bifida patients to improve their motor skills, coordination and mobility.

  • Jennifer Turek Queally, PhD, is a neuropsychologist who supports our children with spina bifida and their families. She also treats patients in Boston Children's Brain Tumor Program, Neuropsychology Program and Psychosocial Therapy Clinic. Queally is an instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO