Karin Bierbrauer, MD

Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-4726


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Clinical Interests

Fetal malformations of the brain and spinal cord; spina bifida; tethered cord; head injury

Research Interests

Head injury; biomedical informatics 


Karin Bierbrauer, MD, is an associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She has been a member of the faculty of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center since January 2005 .

Dr. Bierbrauer graduated from medical school at the Medical University of SC in Charleston, S.C. She received her neurosurgical training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago in 1991. From 1991 to 2004, she practiced pediatric neurosurgery in Philadelphia, first at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and then at Temple University Children's Medical Center, where she directed the pediatric neurosurgery program.

Dr. Bierbrauer's special areas of interest include spina bifida and all other types of spinal dysraphism, (tethering of the spinal cord), and the evaluation of congenital disorders of the central nervous system. She is a member of the Cincinnati Fetal Center's team of subspecialists and directs the neurosurgical evaluation of children enrolled in the comprehensive Spina Bifida Clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Education and Training

MD: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 1980-1984

Residency: Neurosurgery, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1985-1989

Fellowship: Pediatric Neurosurgery, The Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois


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