Center for Spina Bifida Care

  • 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.

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    Providers

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    Karin Bierbrauer, MD
    Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

    513-636-4726

    karen.bierbrauer@cchmc.org

    Karin Bierbrauer, MD

    Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4726

    Email: karen.bierbrauer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

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

    Research Interests

    Head injury; biomedical informatics 

    Biography

    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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    Elizabeth C. Jackson, MD
    Director, Healthy Bladder Clinic

    513-636-4975

    elizabeth.jackson@cchmc.org

    Elizabeth C. Jackson, MD

    Director, Healthy Bladder Clinic

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4975

    Fax: 513-636-6753

    Email: elizabeth.jackson@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Functional bladder disorders; neurogenic bladder; urolithiasis 

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1978.

    Residency: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1981.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1984.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1983; Pediatric Nephrology, 1985.

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    Grants

    Comparison of voice and buzzer alarms for nocturnal enuresis. Principal Investigator. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Oct 2011 - present.

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    Tammy Lingsch, RN, MSN, CPNP
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Urogenital Center

    513-636-4975

    tammy.lingsch@cchmc.org

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    Tammy Lingsch, RN, MSN, CPNP

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Urogenital Center

    Phone: 513-636-4975

    Email: tammy.lingsch@cchmc.org

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    BJ Manz, RN, MSN, CPNP
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Urogenital Center

    513-636-4975

    bj.manz@cchmc.org

    BJ Manz, RN, MSN, CPNP

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Urogenital Center

    Phone: 513-636-4975

    Email: bj.manz@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Voiding dysfunction; bedwetting; recurrent UTIs; complex genitourinary conditions


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    Mary A. McMahon, MD
    Director, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    513-636-7480

    rehab@cchmc.org

    Mary A. McMahon, MD

    Director, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Program Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7480

    Fax: 513-636-7360

    Email: rehab@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Neuromuscular disorders; myelomeningocele

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1992.

    Residency: Children's Hospital Medical Center Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. 

    Certification: Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 2006; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2000; Pediatrics, 1997.

    Sonya G. Oppenheimer, MD

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-7361

    Email: sonya.oppenheimer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Spina bifida; cerebral palsy; high-risk infants

    Research Interests

    Spina bifida; ethics; high-risk infants; early intervention

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    MD: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1958.

    Residency: Rainbow Babies, Cleveland, Ohio; Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, 1958; Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1973-1974. 

    Fellowship: University Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, 1959-1960. 

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1975.

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    Junichi Tamai, MD
    Director, Physician Assistant Program, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

    513-636-4785

    junichi.tamai@cchmc.org

    Junichi Tamai, MD

    Director, Physician Assistant Program, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: junichi.tamai@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Katherine R. Thoman-Godshalk, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    513-636-4611

    katherine.thoman-godshalk@cchmc.org

    Katherine R. Thoman-Godshalk, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: katherine.thoman-godshalk@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BS: University of Cincinnati, 2003.

    BSN: University of Cincinnati, 2005.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati, 2007.

    Nursing

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    Odile T. Kennedy, MSN, ARPN, CNP
    Family Nurse Practitioner, Urogenital Center

    513-636-4975

    odile.kennedy@cchmc.org

    Odile T. Kennedy, RMSN, ARPN, CNP

    Family Nurse Practitioner, Urogenital Center

    Phone: 513-636-4975

    Email: odile.kennedy@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, 2006.

    APRN: University of Cincinnati, 2006.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati, 2004.

    BS: Indiana University, 2002.

    Social Work

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    Marta R. Getz, MSW, LISW-S
    Social Worker, Division of Social Services

    513-636-3208

    marta.getz@cchmc.org

    Staff

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    Mindy Reagan, RD, LD
    Registered Dietician, Cerebral Palsy

    513-636-4611

    melinda.reagan@cchmc.org