EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Brigham Young University , 1999 , Provo , Utah

Medical School

  • Columbia University , 2004 , New York , NY

Internship

  • University of California San Diego Medical Center , 2005 , San Diego , CA

Residency

  • University of California San Diego Medical Center , 2011 , San Diego , CA

Fellowship

Skull Based Neurosurgery
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center , 2010 , Shreveport , LA

Fellowship

Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2012 , Boston , MA

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. Lissa Baird is the Director of Neurosurgical Oncology in the Department of Neurosurgery. She specializes in the care of children with neurological disorders of the brain and spine, with specific expertise in brain and spinal cord tumors, cerebrovascular malformations, and skull base neurosurgery. Dr. Baird has expertise utilizing neuro-endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques to treat brain tumors, hydrocephalus, and cerebral cysts. She also cares for children with complex spine disorders. She was previously Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Director of Pediatric Surgical Neuro-Oncology at Oregon Health & Science University/Doernbecher Children's Hospital before returning to Boston to join the Department of Neurosurgery and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Baird received her medical degree from Columbia University, followed by residency and chief residency at UC San Diego Medical Center. She completed fellowship training in skull base and cerebrovascular neurosurgery at LSU Health Science Center and pediatric neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Baird is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. Her scientific research has focused on neuro-oncology and clinical outcomes of children with brain tumors. She is an author for several national clinical guidelines for the practice of pediatric neurosurgery, is actively involved in national scientific and leadership committees, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Clarke M, Mackay A, Ismer B, Pickles JC, Tatevossian RG, Newman S, Bale TA, Stoler I, Izquierdo E, Temelso S, Carvalho DM, Molinari V, Burford A, Howell L, Virasami A, Fairchild AR, Avery A, Chalker J, Kristiansen M, Haupfear K, Dalton JD, Orisme W, Wen J, Hubank M, Kurian KM, Rowe C, Maybury M, Crosier S, Knipstein J, Schüller U, Kordes U, Kram DE, Snuderl M, Bridges L, Martin AJ, Doey LJ, Al-Sarraj S, Chandler C, Zebian B, Cairns C, Natrajan R, Boult JKR, Robinson SP, Sill M, Dunkel IJ, Gilheeney SW, Rosenblum MK, Hughes D, Proszek PZ, Macdonald TJ, Preusser M, Haberler C, Slavc I, Packer R, Ng HK, Caspi S, Popovic M, Faganel Kotnik B, Wood MD, Baird L, Davare MA, Solomon DA, Olsen TK, Brandal P, Farrell M, Cryan JB, Capra M, Karremann M, Schittenhelm J, Schuhmann MU, Ebinger M, Dinjens WNM, Kerl K, Hettmer S, Pietsch T, Andreiuolo F, Driever PH, Korshunov A, Hiddingh L, Worst BC, Sturm D, Zuckermann M, Witt O, Bloom T, Mitchell C, Miele E, Colafati GS, Diomedi-Camassei F, Bailey S, Moore AS, Hassall TEG, Lowis SP, Tsoli M, Cowley MJ, Ziegler DS, Karajannis MA, Aquilina K, Hargrave DR, Carceller F, Marshall LV, von Deimling A, Kramm CM, Pfister SM, Sahm F, Baker SJ, Mastronuzzi A, Carai A, Vinci M, Capper D, Popov S, Ellison DW, Jacques TS, Jones DTW, Jones C. Infant High-Grade Gliomas Comprise Multiple Subgroups Characterized by Novel Targetable Gene Fusions and Favorable Outcomes. Cancer Discov. 2020 Jul; 10(7):942-963. View abstract
  2. Dietz MS, Beach CZ, Barajas R, Parappilly MS, Sengupta SK, Baird LC, Ciporen JN, Han SJ, Loret de Mola R, Cho YJ, Nazemi KJ, McClelland S, Wong MH, Jaboin JJ. Measure Twice: Promise of Liquid Biopsy in Pediatric High-Grade Gliomas. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2020 Mar-Apr; 5(2):152-162. View abstract
  3. Mazzola CA, Assassi N, Baird LC, Bauer DF, Beier AD, Blount JP, Durham SR, Flannery AM, Klimo P, McClung-Smith C, Nikas DC, Rehring P, Tamber MS, Tyagi R. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guidelines for Pediatric Myelomeningocele: Executive Summary. Neurosurgery. 2019 09 01; 85(3):299-301. View abstract
  4. Strahle JM, Taiwo R, Averill C, Torner J, Shannon CN, Bonfield CM, Tuite GF, Bethel-Anderson T, Rutlin J, Brockmeyer DL, Wellons JC, Leonard JR, Mangano FT, Johnston JM, Shah MN, Iskandar BJ, Tyler-Kabara EC, Daniels DJ, Jackson EM, Grant GA, Couture DE, Adelson PD, Alden TD, Aldana PR, Anderson RCE, Selden NR, Baird LC, Bierbrauer K, Chern JJ, Whitehead WE, Ellenbogen RG, Fuchs HE, Guillaume DJ, Hankinson TC, Iantosca MR, Oakes WJ, Keating RF, Khan NR, Muhlbauer MS, McComb JG, Menezes AH, Ragheb J, Smith JL, Maher CO, Greene S, Kelly M, O'Neill BR, Krieger MD, Tamber M, Durham SR, Olavarria G, Stone SSD, Kaufman BA, Heuer GG, Bauer DF, Albert G, Greenfield JP, Wait SD, Van Poppel MD, Eskandari R, Mapstone T, Shimony JS, Dacey RG, Smyth MD, Park TS, Limbrick DD. Radiological and clinical predictors of scoliosis in patients with Chiari malformation type I and spinal cord syrinx from the Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Research Consortium. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2019 Aug 16; 1-8. View abstract
  5. Gupta N, Goumnerova LC, Manley P, Chi SN, Neuberg D, Puligandla M, Fangusaro J, Goldman S, Tomita T, Alden T, DiPatri A, Rubin JB, Gauvain K, Limbrick D, Leonard J, Geyer JR, Leary S, Browd S, Wang Z, Sood S, Bendel A, Nagib M, Gardner S, Karajannis MA, Harter D, Ayyanar K, Gump W, Bowers DC, Weprin B, MacDonald TJ, Aguilera D, Brahma B, Robison NJ, Kiehna E, Krieger M, Sandler E, Aldana P, Khatib Z, Ragheb J, Bhatia S, Mueller S, Banerjee A, Bredlau AL, Gururangan S, Fuchs H, Cohen KJ, Jallo G, Dorris K, Handler M, Comito M, Dias M, Nazemi K, Baird L, Murray J, Lindeman N, Hornick JL, Malkin H, Sinai C, Greenspan L, Wright KD, Prados M, Bandopadhayay P, Ligon KL, Kieran MW. Prospective feasibility and safety assessment of surgical biopsy for patients with newly diagnosed diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Neuro Oncol. 2018 10 09; 20(11):1547-1555. View abstract
  6. Rocque BG, Agee BS, Thompson EM, Piedra M, Baird LC, Selden NR, Greene S, Deibert CP, Hankinson TC, Lew SM, Iskandar BJ, Bragg TM, Frim D, Grant G, Gupta N, Auguste KI, Nikas DC, Vassilyadi M, Muh CR, Wetjen NM, Lam SK. Complications following pediatric cranioplasty after decompressive craniectomy: a multicenter retrospective study. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2018 09; 22(3):225-232. View abstract
  7. Quinsey CS, Krause K, Baird LC, Sayama CM, Selden NR. Incidence of symptomatic tethered spinal cord in pediatric patients presenting with neurofibromatosis types 1 and 2. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2018 05; 21(5):456-459. View abstract
  8. Mazzola C, Baird LC, Bauer DF, Beier A, Durham S, Klimo P, Lin AY, McClung-Smith C, Mitchell L, Nikas D, Tamber MS, Tyagi R, Flannery AM. Guidelines: Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline for the Diagnosis of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: The Role of Imaging. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E625-E626. View abstract
  9. Klimo P, Lingo PR, Baird LC, Bauer DF, Beier A, Durham S, Lin AY, McClung-Smith C, Mitchell L, Nikas D, Tamber MS, Tyagi R, Mazzola C, Flannery AM. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline on the Management of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: The Role of Repositioning. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E627-E629. View abstract
  10. Mazzola C, Baird LC, Bauer DF, Beier A, Durham S, Klimo P, Lin AY, McClung-Smith C, Mitchell L, Nikas D, Tamber MS, Tyagi R, Flannery AM. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline for the Diagnosis of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: The Role of Imaging. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E625-E626. View abstract
  11. Baird LC, Klimo P, Flannery AM, Bauer DF, Beier A, Durham S, Lin AY, McClung-Smith C, Mitchell L, Nikas D, Tamber MS, Tyagi R, Mazzola C. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: The Role of Physical Therapy. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E630-E631. View abstract
  12. Flannery AM, Tamber MS, Mazzola C, Klimo P, Baird LC, Tyagi R, Bauer DF, Beier A, Durham S, Lin AY, McClung-Smith C, Mitchell L, Nikas D. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Management of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: Executive Summary. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):623-624. View abstract
  13. Baird LC, Klimo P, Flannery AM, Bauer DF, Beier A, Durham S, Lin AY, McClung-Smith C, Mitchell L, Nikas D, Tamber MS, Tyagi R, Mazzola C. Guidelines: Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: The Role of Physical Therapy. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E630-E631. View abstract
  14. Tamber MS, Nikas D, Beier A, Baird LC, Bauer DF, Durham S, Klimo P, Lin AY, Mazzola C, McClung-Smith C, Mitchell L, Tyagi R, Flannery AM. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline on the Role of Cranial Molding Orthosis (Helmet) Therapy for Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E632-E633. View abstract
  15. Klimo P, Lingo PR, Baird LC, Bauer DF, Beier A, Durham S, Lin AY, McClung-Smith C, Mitchell L, Nikas D, Tamber MS, Tyagi R, Mazzola C, Flannery AM. Guidelines: Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline on the Management of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: The Role of Repositioning. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E627-E629. View abstract
  16. Tamber MS, Nikas D, Beier A, Baird LC, Bauer DF, Durham S, Klimo P, Lin AY, Mazzola C, McClung-Smith C, Mitchell L, Tyagi R, Flannery AM. Guidelines: Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline on the Role of Cranial Molding Orthosis (Helmet) Therapy for Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E632-E633. View abstract
  17. Baird LC. First Treatment in Infants With Hydrocephalus: The Case for Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy/Choroid Plexus Cauterization. Neurosurgery. 2016 08; 63 Suppl 1:78-82. View abstract
  18. Baird LC, Mazzola CA, Auguste KI, Klimo P, Flannery AM. Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines. Part 5: Effect of valve type on cerebrospinal fluid shunt efficacy. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Nov; 14 Suppl 1:35-43. View abstract
  19. Limbrick DD, Baird LC, Klimo P, Riva-Cambrin J, Flannery AM. Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines. Part 4: Cerebrospinal fluid shunt or endoscopic third ventriculostomy for the treatment of hydrocephalus in children. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Nov; 14 Suppl 1:30-4. View abstract
  20. Klimo P, Van Poppel M, Thompson CJ, Baird LC, Duhaime AC, Flannery AM. Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines. Part 6: Preoperative antibiotics for shunt surgery in children with hydrocephalus: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Nov; 14 Suppl 1:44-52. View abstract
  21. Klimo P, Thompson CJ, Baird LC, Flannery AM. Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines. Part 7: Antibiotic-impregnated shunt systems versus conventional shunts in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Nov; 14 Suppl 1:53-9. View abstract
  22. Flannery AM, Mazzola CA, Klimo P, Duhaime AC, Baird LC, Tamber MS, Limbrick DD, Nikas DC, Kemp J, Post AF, Auguste KI, Choudhri AF, Mitchell LS, Buffa D. Foreword: Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Nov; 14 Suppl 1:1-2. View abstract
  23. Baird LC, Smith ER, Ichord R, Piccoli DA, Bernard TJ, Spinner NB, Scott RM, Kamath BM. Moyamoya syndrome associated with Alagille syndrome: outcome after surgical revascularization. J Pediatr. 2015 Feb; 166(2):470-3. View abstract
  24. Yanamadala V, Lin N, Walcott BP, Baird LC, Smith ER. Spontaneous regression of an epidermoid cyst of the cavernous sinus. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Aug; 21(8):1433-5. View abstract
  25. Thompson EM, Baird LC, Selden NR. Results of a North American survey of rapid-sequence MRI utilization to evaluate cerebral ventricles in children. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Jun; 13(6):636-40. View abstract
  26. Rapoport BI, Baird LC, Cohen AR. Third-ventricular neurocysticercosis: hydraulic maneuvers facilitating endoscopic resection. Childs Nerv Syst. 2014 Mar; 30(3):541-6. View abstract
  27. Jankowski PP, Baird LC, Keshavarzi S, Goolsby ME, Taylor WR, Nguyen AD. A single spinal lesion arising from an intradural meningioma contiguous with an extradural lymphoma. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 Sep; 17(3):263-7. View abstract
  28. Lin N, Baird L, Koss M, Kopecky KE, Gone E, Ullrich NJ, Scott RM, Smith ER. Discovery of asymptomatic moyamoya arteriopathy in pediatric syndromic populations: radiographic and clinical progression. Neurosurg Focus. 2011 Dec; 31(6):E6. View abstract
  29. Baird LC, Gonda D, Cohen SR, Evers LH, LeFloch N, Levy ML, Meltzer HS. Craniofacial reconstruction as a treatment for elevated intracranial pressure. Childs Nerv Syst. 2012 Mar; 28(3):411-8. View abstract
  30. Levy ML, Kasasbeh AS, Baird LC, Amene C, Skeen J, Marshall L. Concussions in soccer: a current understanding. World Neurosurg. 2012 Nov; 78(5):535-44. View abstract
  31. Baird LC, Newman CB, Volk H, Svinth JR, Conklin J, Levy ML. Mortality resulting from head injury in professional boxing. Neurosurgery. 2010 Nov; 67(5):1444-50; discussion 1450. View abstract
  32. Baird LC, Newman CB, Volk H, Svinth JR, Conklin J, Levy ML. Mortality resulting from head injury in professional boxing: case report. Neurosurgery. 2010 08; 67(2):E519-20. View abstract
  33. Levy ML, Levy KM, Hoff D, Amar AP, Park MS, Conklin JM, Baird L, Apuzzo ML. Vagus nerve stimulation therapy in patients with autism spectrum disorder and intractable epilepsy: results from the vagus nerve stimulation therapy patient outcome registry. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2010 Jun; 5(6):595-602. View abstract
  34. Baird L, Terskikh A. The tumor microenvironment. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2010; 671:67-73. View abstract
  35. Ozgur BM, Hughes SA, Baird LC, Taylor WR. Minimally disruptive decompression and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. Spine J. 2006 Jan-Feb; 6(1):27-33. View abstract