Sudhakar Vadivelu, DO

Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery

Phone 513-636-4726



Disorders of the brain and spine; brain and spine tumors; spinal deformity; chiari malformation; hydrocephalus; movement disorders; endovascular/ interventional neuroradiology; neuroendoscopy; neurostimulation


Stem cells; neurogenesis; modulation of cytokine activity

Sudhakar Vadivelu, DO, joined the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center after completing his fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Texas Children’s Hospital and neurosurgical residency at Hofstra North Shore- LIJ School of Medicine.  While at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ, he acquired additional training in open cerebrovascular surgery and endovascular surgery for specialized training in the care of vascular disorders of the brain and spine. 

Dr. Vadivelu’s interest, specialized training and research background in the role of inflammation in neurogenesis and stem cells, make him uniquely qualified to lead our division in its collaborative efforts with the division of interventional neuroradiology for the treatment of children with vascular disorders of the brain and spine.

In addition, Dr. Vadivelu brings expertise in spinal diseases, brain and spinal cord tumors, neuroendoscopy and neurostimulation.

DO: Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, IA.

Residency: Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; Neurosurgery, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Manhasset, NY.

Fellowship: Interventional Neuroradiology, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Manhasset, NY; Cerebrovascular Surgery, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Manhasset, NY; Pediatric Neurosurgery, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

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Vadivelu S, Willsey M, Curry D, McDonald JW. Potential role of stem cells for neuropathic pain disorders. Neurosurg Focus. 2013 Sep;35(3):E11.

Desai S, Vadivelu S, Patel A, Jea A. Isolated Cervical Spinal Canal Stenosis in the Pediatric Population and in Williams Syndrome. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Jun; 18(6):558-63.

Patel A, Vadivelu S, Desai S, Jea A. Congenital Hypoplasia or Aplasia of the Lumbosacral Pedicle as an Unusual Cause for Spondylolisthesis in the Pediatric Age Group. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2013 Jun; 11(6):717-21.

Vadivelu S, Effendi S, Starke J, Luerssen T, Jea A. Neurological management in tuberculous meningitis. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Jul 10.

Vadivelu S, Kelley RI, Edelman M, Schneider S, Mittler M. Choroid plexus papilloma and Pierpont syndrome. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2013 Feb; 11(2):115-8.

Vadivelu S, Xin X, Loven T, Restrepo G, Chalif DJ, and Setton A. Iatrogenic dural AVF and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurosurg Focus. 2012 May;32(5):E1.

Vadivelu S, Bolognese P, Milhorat T, Mogilner AY. Occipital nerve stimulation for refractory headache in the chiari malformation population. Neurosurgery. 2012 70(6):1430-7.

Vadivelu S, Bell RS, Crandall B, DeGraba T, Armonda RA. (2010) Delayed detection of carotid-cavernous fistulas associated with wartime blast-induced craniofacial trauma. Neurosurg Focus. 28(5), E6.

Vadivelu S, Tomlinson K, Valles J, Hundert M, Bagdonas R, Eisenberg M. Acute anti-emetic withdrawal associated with a hemorrhagic cerebellar arteriovenous malformation. J Clin Neurosci. 2010 17(8), 1061-3.

Vadivelu S, Sharer L, Schulder M. Regression of Multiple Intracranial Meningioma after Cessation of long term progesterone agonist therapy. J Neurosurg. 2010 May;112(5):920-4.