Karin Bierbrauer, MD

Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4726

Email karin.bierbrauer@cchmc.org


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


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 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.

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.

View PubMed Publications

Air EL, Yuan W, Holland SK, Jones BV, Bierbrauer K, Altaye M, Mangano FT. Longitudinal comparison of pre- and postoperative diffusion tensor imaging parameters in young children with hydrocephalus. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2010; 5 (4): 385-391.

Yuan W, Mangano, FT, Air EL, Holland SK, Jones BV, Altaye A, Bierbrauer K. Anisotropic Diffusion Properties in Infants with Hydrocephalus – a DTI Study. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2009; 30(9):1792-8.

Hsieh PC, Ondra SL, Grande AW, O’Shaughnessy BA, Bierbrauer KS et al. Posterior Vertebral Column subtraction osteotomy: a novel surgical approach for the treatment of multiple recurrences of tethered cord syndrome. J Neurosurg Spine. 2009;10(4):278-286.