Spina Bifida and Spinal Cord Conditions Center | Meet Our Team

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Led by internationally-recognized experts in spina bifida and related conditions, our team includes experienced physicians, surgeons, nurse practitioners and other clinicians at the top of their fields. At the center, patients have the unique opportunity to meet with many of these specialists in one visit.

Spina Bifida Team 

Meet the Spina Bifida Team at Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Children’s provides complete coordination among a team of spina bifida experts.

Our Surgeons

Estrada MDCarlos R. Estrada, Jr., MD, is the director of Boston Children's Spina Bifida and Spinal Cord Center, director of the Voiding Improvement Program, co-director of the Urodynamics and Neurourology 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 tissue engineering, stem cell biology, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

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Erin McNamara, MD, MPH, is a urologist in the Spina Bifida and Spinal Cord Center whose practice includes spina bifida, neurourology and complex reconstruction. Her research interests are focused on the transition from pediatric to adult- centered care for children with congenital urologic issues. She completed her fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and joined the faculty in 2016. She is an Instructor in Surgery at Harvard Medical School.


Lawrence Ira Karlin, MD is an orthopedic surgeon who also supports Boston Children's Neuromotor Therapy Program, Orthopedic Trauma Program and Spinal Program. He completed his surgical fellowship at Boston Children's and has treated pediatric surgery patients for nearly 30 years. Karlin's research interests include spinal deformities and improving the quality of life of children with musculoskeletal disorders. He is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Benjamin C. Warf, MD, began his career as the first pediatric neurosurgery fellow at Boston Children's. As Director of Boston Children’s Neonatal and Congenital Anomaly Neurosurgery, he is one of the world’s foremost practitioners of the endoscopic third ventriculostomy procedure to replace the use of shunts in children with hydrocephalus. Warf is committed to introducing this minimally invasive procedure in developing nations, where children's access to aftercare is severely limited.  He travels regularly to Africa to train other pediatric neurosurgeons. In addition to hydrocephalus and spina bifida, Warf is also an expert in treating cerebral palsy and tethered spinal cord. He is a Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School.

Our Medical Providers

Nedda Hobbs MDNedda M. Hobbs, MD, is the 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.

Norah Emera, MD, is a physician for Boston Children's Complex Care Services. Dr. Emera is a general pediatrician and hospitalist who specializes in the care of children with medical complexity including spina bifida. Her research interests include quality improvement and improving care delivery, as well as examining quality of life in this population. She completed her residency in pediatrics and fellowship in hospital medicine at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and joined the faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2016. She is an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

michelle-baumMichelle A. Baum, MD, is a member of Boston Children's Division of Nephrology. She specializes in treating children with spina bifida, kidney stones and other nephrological issues. Baum is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.




Nina Ma, MD, CCDNina Ma, MD, is an endocrinologist and director of the Boston Children’s Bone Health Program. Dr. Ma sees patients in the Spina Bifida and Spinal Cord Center to focus on development and pubertal growth, as well as bone health. She is certified in pediatric endocrinology and fellowship-trained at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School



Claudio MoreraClaudio Morera, MD, is a gastroenterologist who specializes in motility disorders in the Spina Bifida and Spinal Cord Conditions Center and the Motility and Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center. He completed his fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University Medical School. Dr. Morera is also fluent in Spanish.


Fiona Paul RNFiona Paul, DNP, is a doctor of nursing practice in pediatric gastroenterology in the Spina Bifida and Spinal Cord Conditions Center. She focuses on nutrition and works with inpatient care as well as our Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center.




Our Nurse Practitioners

Rebecca Sherlock NPRebecca L. Sherlock, PNP-BC, is a pediatric nurse practitioner who specializes in treating children with spina bifida and other neuromuscular conditions. Rebecca is the clinical coordinator for the center and is one of the nurse practitioners who will care for your child and coordinate all of his or her care. Rebecca has been involved with the Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England (SBAGNE) since 2010. She has developed BLING and BEST self-esteem and wellness programs with SBAGNE that seek to empower teens and young adults with spina bifida.

Kristin Rudick, MSN, CPNP, is a pediatric nurse practitioner with experience in spina bifida and urology. Kristen will provide information and support to you and your child, promoting collaboration with all members of the care team.

Our Neuropsychologist

Jennifer Turek Queally PhDJennifer Turek Queally, PhD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist in the Outpatient Program in the Department of Psychiatry and the Spina Bifida and Spinal Cord Conditions Center. Dr. Queally works closely with patients in our oncology programs who were born with spina bifida. She has a strong interest in working with patients and families to facilitate functional independence in all of her patients, and works with several committees in the hospital around preparing for transition and the assessment of independence/competency in young adulthood. Dr. Queally is an assistant professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

Our Social Workers, Nutritionists, and Therapists

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





Megan GenoMegan Geno, PT, DPT, PCS, is a physical therapist who works with patients of various ages and diagnoses to improve their motor skills, coordination and mobility. Megan acts as a consultant for patients with spina bifida both in outpatient clinic and inpatient hospital settings. Megan is the manager of operations in the Department of Physical Therapy and lectures at Simmons College.



Catharine Seiler, MS, RD, LDN, is a pediatric dietitian/nutritionist whose specialties include spina bifida, cardiology, weight management and feeding difficulties. She provides nutritional assessments and guidance to help children with spina bifida and their families.

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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