Tethered Spinal Cord Program Meet our Team

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When a child is diagnosed with tethered spinal cord syndrome, the entire family begins a difficult journey. Patients and parents depend upon the expertise and compassionate, family-focused approach of their caregivers to help guide them through surgery and its aftermath.

Here at Boston Children’s—the birthplace of pediatric neurosurgery—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 neurosurgeons, nurses, radiologists, anesthesiologists and other health professionals are specially trained in surgical and medical procedures for children, with an emphasis on using minimally invasive tests and operations whenever possible. Just as we are dedicated to providing outstanding care that treats your child as an individual, we are also committed to including you in the treatment process at every step of the way.

Boston Children’s is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where all of our physicians have faculty appointments. We are devoted to training the best and brightest young  neurosurgeons, ensuring outstanding care for future generations of children and their families. In addition, our clinicians are engaged in important research that holds real potential for better understanding and treating diseases of the brain, spine and nervous system. All of our teaching and research efforts help us practice better medicine for our patients, and we are proud that Children’s continues to shape the field of pediatric neurosurgery.

Our Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome Program includes some of the world’s best surgeons, neuroscience nurses, imaging specialists and other healthcare professionals. Our strength in all of the related sub-specialties ensures that we are ready to address every aspect of your child’s care, from diagnostic testing and surgery to aftercare and long-term support.

Alan Cohen, MD, FACS, FAAP

Alan  Cohen, MD, FACS, FAAP

Neurosurgeon-in-Chief; Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery

Department: Neurosurgery

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Joseph Madsen

Joseph Madsen, MD

Director, Epilepsy Surgery; Associate in Neurosurgery

Department: Neurosurgery

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Mark Proctor

Mark Proctor, MD

Vice-Chair, Neurosurgery

Department: Neurosurgery

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Dodie Robinson

Shenandoah Robinson, MD, FAAP, FACS

Director, Functional Neurosurgery

Department: Neurosurgery

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Edward Robert Smith, MD

Edward Robert Smith, MD

Associate in Neurosurgery; Director, Pediatric Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery; Co-Director, Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center

Department: Neurosurgery

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Scellig S. D. Stone, MD, PhD

Surgical Director, Movement Disorder Program

Department: Neurosurgery

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Benjamin C. Warf, MD

Benjamin C. Warf, MD

Associate in Neurosurgery; Director, Neonatal and Congenital Anomaly Neurosurgery

Department: Neurosurgery

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