Pediatric Neurosurgery Team
Cormac Maher, MD
Division Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Dr. Maher is a Pediatric Neurosurgeon with clinical interest in surgical treatment of Chiari Malformation, arteriovenous malformations, Moyamoya disease, cavernous malformations, pediatric brain tumors, spinal dysraphism, tethered spinal cord, and hydrocephalus. Dr. Maher attended medical school at Georgetown University. He completed a surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After residency, he completed a in pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital under the direction of R. Michael Scott, M.D. Afterward, he completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular neurosurgery at the Brigham & Women's Hospital.
Kelly Mahaney, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery
Dr. Mahaney is a Pediatric Neurosurgeon with clinical interest in Hydrocephalus, Craniovertebral Junction abnormalities, Spasticity, Spinal dysraphism and Myelomeningocele, Central Nervous System tumors, and Pediatric Epilepsy surgery. She completed residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and subspecialty Pediatric Neurosurgery training at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and the Barrow Neurologic Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital. She is interested in advancing Neuro-endoscopic techniques in Pediatric Neurosurgical practice. Dr. Mahaney's research focuses on delineating the role of iron in the development of post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus.
Laura Prolo, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery
Dr. Prolo received her MD/PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford University and trained as a Neurosurgery resident at Stanford University Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery at University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her clinical focus is on brain and spinal cord tumors, craniosynostosis, Chiari malformation, Moyamoya Disease, spinal dysraphism and genetically targeted therapies for inherited disorders of the nervous system. Dr. Prolo’s research program is focused on advancing and applying evolving molecular technologies for the diagnosis, characterization and treatment of children with brain tumors and congenital disorders.
Melissa Ballard, RN, MS, CPNP-AC
Melissa is a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) specializing in the care of hospitalized children, with an emphasis in the acute care setting. She is also a member of NAPNAP.
Kaitlyn Basnett, CPNP
Katy is a certified pediatric primary care nurse practitioner (CPNP-PC). She attended Stanford University for her undergraduate education, majoring in Human Biology with an emphasis on “Child Development and Disease.” She then attended UCSF where she obtained her MSN. She is a member of NAPNAP and Sigma Theta Tau.
Camille Bloom, MS, MMS, RD, PA-C
Camille currently covers both neurology and neurosurgery at the San Francisco campus at CPMC. Her areas of interest in neurosurgery are tethered cord, intraventricular hemorrhage of prematurity, craniosynostosis and plagiocephaly.
May Casazza, c-ACPNP
May is a certiﬁed pediatric neurosurgery nurse practitioner with extensive experience working with pediatric intensive care patients. May received her undergraduate nursing degree from Johns Hopkins University and her graduate training at UC San Francisco.
Stephanie Choi, RN, MS, CPNP-BC
Stephanie is a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) specializing in the care of children with special health care needs with an emphasis in adolescent health care. Her previous experience includes working as a neurosurgery PNP at Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California.
Sarah Herrera, PA-C
Sarah is a certified physician assistant (PA-C) who received her undergraduate degree at UC Irvine in Biological Sciences and her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Samuel Merritt University. She has prior experience in Emergency Medicine but changed specialties to work with children with special needs and complex neurosurgical conditions. She adores working closely with children and their families. If she’s not working, she’s probably on a trail in Point Reyes or backpacking in the High Sierras.
Anna Koeppen-Babcock, PA-C
Anna is a certified physician assistant (PA-C). She received her Bachelor of Arts in neuroscience from Wesleyan University and obtained a Master of Science in physician assistant studies at Stanford University. Her previous experience includes neurodevelopmental research focusing on autism and epilepsy. She is a member of the AAPA and AANS.
Diana Poon, RN, MSN, CPNP, CCRN
Diana is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) with extensive experience working with pediatric intensive care patients. She is also a certified critical care nurse and a member of NAPNAP.
Camly Slawson, RN, MS, CNS, PNP
Camly is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner with a background in the pediatric specialty and acute care settings both as a pediatric nurse practitioner and registered nurse. Camly completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University and attained her Master of Science degree at the University of California, San Francisco. Camly is a board member of NAPNAP and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International.