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Benjamin C. Warf | Education


Pediatric Neurosurgery

Boston Children's Hospital

1992, Boston, MA

Undergraduate School

BS, Chemistry

Georgetown College

1980, Washington, DC

Medical School


Harvard Medical School

1984, Boston, MA



Case Western Reserve University

1991, Cleveland, OH

Benjamin C. Warf | Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery

Benjamin C. Warf | Professional History

I am a pediatric neurosurgeon specializing in hydrocephalus, spina bifida and neuroendoscopy with a passion for training the next generation of surgeons and improving access to quality care both here and abroad.

I am the director of Neonatal and Congenital Neurosurgery and hold the Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida Chair at Boston Children's Hospital. I founded the Global Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida Program here and, in 2016, started the hospital's first global pediatric neurosurgery fellowship.

The Harvard community has played a major role in my development. I graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1984, was the first fellow in pediatric neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital under emeritus chief, Dr. R. Michael Scott, and was a Harvard-Macy Scholar in Medical Education.

I felt strongly about using my expertise in parts of the world where medical resources are scarce. From 2000 to 2006, I served as chief of surgery and founding medical director at CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda, the only pediatric neurosurgery hospital in sub-Saharan AfricaWhile there, I developed a new operative procedure (ETV/CPC) to treat infant hydrocephalus in a permanent way that avoids the placement of a shunt for the majority. We have since introduced this procedure into the United States as well as many other countries throughout the world. While in Uganda, we also found that most cases of infant hydrocephalus in East Africa are the result of neonatal infection, and thus potentially preventable. We recently launched a non-profit organization called NeuroKids (, for which I serve as Chairman. Our goal is to eliminate untreated hydrocephalus in low-income countries through training, research, and advocacy.

In 2007 I was presented with the Humanitarian Award of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and in 2012 I was honored to received a MacArthur “Genius” grant “for improving access to care and standards of that care both at home and in the developing world”.

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Benjamin C. Warf | Media

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What is Complex Tethered Spinal Cord?

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How we treat and diagnose complex tethered spinal cords

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What is involved in complex tethered spinal cord surgery and aftercare?

Benjamin C. Warf | Publications

I am motivated personally by my children, one of whom was born with special needs. My experience as both a parent and a provider has deepened my understanding of treating children with disabilities and has particularly enriched my practice in the care of children with hydrocephalus and spina bifida and their families.