Pediatric Neurosurgery at Stanford
Any serious illness that befalls a child causes enormous emotional and physical strain, both for the child and the family. Neurosurgical problems in the pediatric age group are often difficult and complex. At Stanford, our Pediatric Neurosurgery Program offers comprehensive care for the full range of brain, spine, peripheral nerve, and craniofacial disorders in children and adolescents. Due to our team’s clinical expertise in brain tumors, epilepsy, Chiari malformations, tethered cord syndrome, craniosynostosis, and hydrocephalus, integration with neuroscientists is paramount. Furthermore, with professional support from an array of family-centered specialists like pediatric therapists, and our on-site child education and recreation therapy offerings, our Program has earned a national reputation for delivering the highest standard of family-focused care. Innovative work in new, minimally-invasive neurosurgery and imaging techniques, supported by cutting-edge technology and pioneering laboratory research gives our Program an advantage in efficiency of diagnosis and in developing lower risk surgical treatments. We have also launched a major interdisciplinary quality initiative to focus on the best possible outcomes and at the same time to maximize the patient experience for the child.
Advancing Research and Technology
Operating in one of the most advanced surgical facilities in the world with the latest technology, working at the forefront of minimally invasive treatments, and using innovative surgical techniques empowers us to improve diagnosis, reduce recovery time and improve our patients’ quality of life after treatment. We are also now using virtual and augmented reality to maximize the child experience as well as to enhance education, training, and surgical planning.
Pediatric Neurosurgery News
ROSA™ and Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery May Cure Epilepsy
7-year-old Brynn is no longer experiencing epileptic seizures, thanks to a surgery performed by Packard Children's Dr. Gerald Grant using ROSA™ the robotic surgical tool.
Mild Head Trauma Can Damage Brain's Protective Barrier, Study Finds
A new study co-authored by Dr. Gerald Grant finds preliminary evidence of damage to the brain’s protective barrier in adolescent and adult athletes even if they did not report a concussion.
Concussion Advice for Young Athletes
In preparation for summer sports, pedaitric neurosurgeon, Dr. Gerald Grant, discusses concussion prevention and treatment for kids and parents.
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
Our pediatric neurosurgery team provides critical care for infants, children and adolescents living with the full range of brain, spine, nerve and craniofacial disorders
Meet Our Chief
"I believe that as healers and physicians, we should treat every child as if they were part of our own family"
Gerald Grant, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Division Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Dr. Grant received his MD from Stanford University in 1994, and after extensive traning at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle and Seatlle Children's Hospital, and active duty with the US Air Force, he was recruited back to Stanford in 2013. Dr. Grant specializes in brain tumors, Chiari malformations, concussions, endoscopic craniofacial surgery, epilepsy, and minimally invasive endoscopy procedures. Dr. Grant is also an expert at state-of-the-art brain mapping techniques and awake language mapping in epilepsy patients.
When Jeremiah Humann was 3 years old he was diagnosed with a rare and serious neurological disorder, Chiari Malformation. Dr. Gerald Grant performed brain surgery to treat the condition and continues to see Jeremiah for follow-up and monitoring.
Our pediatric neurosurgeons are now using patient-specific tractography for epilepsy patients. Using these recordings surgeons can precisely map an individual child's seizure network to design a tailored surgical approach. We are one of the first pediatric centers to utilize the Synaptive surgical planning and robotic platform, bringing together structural, functional, and connectomic imaging in an effort to understand these networks pre-operatively, making epilepsy surgery safer and more effective.