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The Center for Spina Bifida Care is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child's unique needs.
Karin Bierbrauer, MD Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Fetal malformations of the brain and spinal cord; spina bifida; tethered cord; head injury
Head injury; biomedical informatics
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
Elizabeth C. Jackson, MD Director, Healthy Bladder Clinic
Director, Healthy Bladder Clinic
Elizabeth C. Jackson, MD, is a pediatric nephrologist recognized in the need for bladder management. Dr. Jackson has recently discontinued her inpatient nephrology role and is currently focused on outpatient lower urinary tract management. She is the director of the Healthy Bladder Clinic at Cincinnati Children's. The Healthy Bladder Clinic cares for children with functional lower urinary tract disorders. There are more than 1200 visits per year to this clinic.
Ivancić V, Defoor W, Jackson E, Alam S, Minevich E, Reddy P, Sheldon C. Progression of renal insufficiency in children and adolescents with neuropathic bladder is not accelerated by lower urinary tract reconstruction. J Urol. 2010 Oct;184(4 Suppl):1768-74.
DeFoor WR, Jackson E, Minevich E, Caillat A, Reddy P, Sheldon C, Asplin J. The risk of recurrent urolithiasis in children is dependent on urinary calcium and citrate. Urology. 2010 Jul;76(1):242-5.
DeFoor W, Clark C, Jackson E, Reddy P, Minevich E, Sheldon C. Risk factors for end stage renal disease in children with posterior urethral valves. J Urol. 2008 Oct;180(4 Suppl):1705-8; discussion 1708.
DeFoor W, Minevich E, Jackson E, Reddy P, Clark C, Sheldon C, Asplin J. Urinary metabolic evaluations in solitary and recurrent stone forming children. J Urol. 2008 Jun;179(6):2369-72.
DeFoor W, Asplin J, Jackson E, Jackson C, Reddy P, Sheldon C, Erhard M, Minevich E. Urinary metabolic evaluations in normal and stone forming children. J Urol. 2006 Oct;176(4 Pt 2):1793-6.
Defoor W, Asplin J, Jackson E, Jackson C, Reddy P, Sheldon C, Minevich E. Results of a prospective trial to compare normal urine supersaturation in children and adults. J Urol. 2005 Oct;174(4 Pt 2):1708-10.
Jensen S, Jackson EC, Riley L, Reddy S, Goebel J. Tacrolimus-based immunosuppression with steroid withdrawal in pediatric kidney transplantation -- 4-year experience at a moderate-volume center. Pediatr Transplant. 2003 7:119-124.
Strife CF, Prada AL, Clardy CW, Jackson E, Forristal J. Autoantibody to complement neoantigens in membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis. J Pediatr. 1990 May;116(5):S98-102.
Tammy Lingsch, MSN, APRN, CPNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Urogenital Center
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Urogenital Center
BJ Manz, RN, MSN, CPNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Urogenital Center
Voiding dysfunction; bedwetting; recurrent UTIs; complex genitourinary conditions
Mary A. McMahon, MD Director, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Director, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Program Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Neuromuscular disorders; myelomeningocele
Sonya G. Oppenheimer, MD Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Director, Thomas Center for Down Syndrome
Emerita, UC Department of Pediatrics
Sonya Oppenheimer, MD, has been committed to the field of developmental disabilities her entire professional career. She recently retired as director of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and director of the University Affiliated Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, which was established in 1946 and is recognized nationally and internationally as a center for children with developmental problems.
The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics provides interdisciplinary training programs funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau for the past 27 years. The center is also recognized for its community outreach programs, clinical service programs, diagnosis and treatment program, and research programs.
Dr. Oppenheimer is recognized as an expert in spina bifida and has been director of the UACCDD multidisciplinary spina bifida program established in 1965. She has served on the professional advisory board of the Spina Bifida Association of America and the Cincinnati Spina Bifida Association.
Under her direction, Dr. Oppenheimer co-sponsored three International conferences on Spina Bifida. Along with Marlene Lutkenhoff, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic nurse specialist, Dr. Oppenheimer recently co-authored a book for teenagers and young adults, Spinabilities -- A Young Person's Guide to Spina Bifida, and a new book titled Children with Spina Bifida -- A Parent's Guide is in press for families and professionals.
Dr. Oppenheimer has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on children with disabilities and currently chairs the Ohio Department of Health Committee on children with disabilities and the joint Myelomeningocele Committee. She serves as the governor appointed pediatrician on the State Early Intervention Council.
Dr. Oppenheimer joined the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1969. Prior to being appointed director of the division, she served as the director of the Department of Pediatrics of the Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders.
Dr. Oppenheimer attended Radcliff College Boston, Mather College Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. She had a developmental fellowship at Case Western Reserve University under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Spock and Dr. John Kennell.
Schorry E, Oppenheimer SG, Saal HM. Valproate embryopathy: clinical and cognitive profile in 5 siblings. Am J Med Genet A. 2005 Mar 1;133A(2):202-6.
Oppenheimer S, Dignan P, Soukup S. Partial trisomy 20p: familial occurrence. Am J Med Genet. 2000 Dec 11;95(4):316-9.
Davidovitch M, Manning-Courtney P, Hartmann LA, Watson J, Lutkenhoff M, Oppenheimer S. The prevalence of attentional problems and the effect of methylphenidate in children with myelomeningocele. Pediatr Rehabil. 1999 Jan-Mar;3(1): 29-35.
Ris MD, Ammerman RT, Waller N, Walz N, Oppenheimer S, Brown TM, Enrile BG, Yeates KO. Taxonicity of nonverbal learning disabilities in spina bifida. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2007 Jan;13(1):50-8.
Schorry EK, Oppenheimer SG, Saal HM. Valproate embryopathy: clinical and cognitive profile in 5 siblings. Am J Med Genet A. 2005 Mar 1;133A(2):202-6.
Oppenheimer S, Dignan P, Soukup S. Partial trisomy 20p: familial occurrence. Am J Med Genet. 2000 Dec 11;95(4):316-9. Review.
Davidovitch M, Manning-Courtney P, Hartmann LA, Watson J, Lutkenhoff M, Oppenheimer S. The prevalence of attentional problems and the effect of methylphenidate in children with myelomeningocele. Pediatr Rehabil. 1999 Jan-Mar;3(1):29-35.
Lanphear N, Lamb A, Oppenheimer S, Soukup S. Supernumerary chromosome marker (1) in a developmentally delayed child. Am J Med Genet. 1995 Jul 3;57(3):400-2.
Yassin MS, Sanyurah S, Lierl MB, Fischer TJ, Oppenheimer S, Cross J, O'Brien K, Steinmetz C, Khoury J. Evaluation of latex allergy in patients with meningomyelocele. Ann Allergy. 1992 Sep;69(3):207-11.
Junichi Tamai, MD Director, Physician Assistant Program, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Physician Assistant Program, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Tamai completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at The George Washington University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. and was fellowship trained in Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In September of 2002, Dr. Tamai joined the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics.
Dr. Tamai’s clinical interests include Legg-Calve-Perthes, hip dysplasia and other pediatric and adolescent hip disorders, clubfeet and other pediatric foot disorders and pediatric fractures.
MD: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1996.
Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, The George Washington University Medical Center, 2001.
Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2002.
Certification: Board Certified - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Bowman EN, Mehlman CT, Lindsell CJ, Tamai J. Nonoperative treatment of both-bone forearm shaft fractures in children: predictors of early radiographic failure. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Jan-Feb;31(1):23-32 McCarty ME, Mehlman CT, Tamai J, Do TT, Crawford AH, Klein G. Spondylolisthesis: intraobserver and interobserver reliability with regard to the measurement of slip percentage. J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Oct-Nov;29(7):755-9.
Herrera-Soto JA, Santiago-Cornier A, Segal LS, Ramirez N, Tamai J.: The Musculoskeletal Manifestations of the Coffin-Lowry Syndrome. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2007;27(1): 85-89.
Trapp CM, Tamai J, Schleiss MR. Septic Arthritis Secondary to Fusobacterium Necrophorum in a 4-Year-Old Girl: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2005 Sep;24(9):846-847.
Tamai J. Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma. Current Opinions in Orthopaedics. 2004 Dec;15(6).
Tamai J, Herrera-Soto J, Crawford AH. New Orthopaedic Trends. In Neural Tube Defects Oppenheimer S (Ed.). New York, NY: Informa Healthcare, 2007.
Tamai J, Dormans JP, Erol B. Hip Disorders. In Pediatric Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: The Requisite in Pediatrics Dormans JP (Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby/Elsevier Health Sciences, 2004.
Horn BD, Wells L, and Tamai J. Lower Extremity Fractures. In Pediatric Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: The Requisite in Pediatrics Dormans JP (Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby/Elsevier Health Sciences, 2004.
Tamai J, Dormans JP, Erol B, States L, Pawel BR. Musculoskeletal Tumors in Children. In Pediatric Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: The Requisite in Pediatrics Dormans JP (Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby/Elsevier Health Sciences, 2004.
Katherine R. Thoman-Godshalk, MSN, APRN, CNP Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Marta R. Getz, MSW, LISW-S Social Worker, Division of Social Services
Melinda Wendland, RD, LD Registered Dietician, Cerebral Palsy
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