Charles B. Stevenson, MD

Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery

Phone 513-636-4726



Brain tumors; spasticity; Chiari malformations; fetal surgery; neurovascular disorders; minimal access surgery


Neuro-oncology; epilepsy; spasticity

Charles Stevenson, MD, rejoined the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in July 2010, after having served for one year as staff neurosurgeon at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to completing his fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s, he received his neurosurgical training at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time, he also completed a two-year research fellowship in neurosurgical oncology. He graduated from medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Stevenson’s interest, specialized training and research background in neuro-oncology make him uniquely qualified to lead our division in its collaborative efforts with the division of neuro-oncology in the Brain and Spinal Tumor Program to treat children with primary and recurrent brain tumors. He is assisted in these efforts by leading-edge technology such as the operating room BrainSUITE™, which creates precise three-dimensional maps of the brain and allows for intraoperative MRI imaging to more safely remove particularly complex and deep-seated tumors. Cincinnati Children’s was the first pediatric hospital in the world to offer this technology.

In addition, Dr. Stevenson brings expertise in selective dorsal rhizotomy as a treatment for spasticity, which, when added to implantation of baclofen pumps and medical therapy, allows for a wide range of treatment options for patients with spasticity from cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury. He is a member of a multidisciplinary team of specialists that includes neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as and physical and occupational therapies that offers comprehensive care for children with spasticity.

Dr. Stevenson is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons. He was board certified in 2013 in neurological surgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

MD: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, 2001.

Residency: Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

Fellowship: Pediatric Neurosurgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2008-09.

Board Certification: Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgeons, 2013.

View PubMed Publications

Hertzler II DA, DePowell JJ, Stevenson CB, Mangano FT. Tethered cord syndrome: a review of the literature from embryology to adult presentation. Neurosurgical Focus. 2010;29(1):E1.

Stevenson CB, Desai RR, Crawford AH, Durrani AA, Mangano FT. C-1 lateral mass screw fixation in children with atlantoaxial instability: case series and technical report. Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques. 2010 Oct;23(7):474-9.

Reig AS, Stevenson CB, Tulipan NT.  CT-based, fiducial-free frameless stereotaxy for difficult ventriculoperitoneal shunt insertion: experience in 26 consecutive patients. Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. 2010;88(2):75-80.

Stevenson CB, Leach JL, Gupta A, Crone KR. Cystic degeneration of the cerebellar tonsils in pediatric patients with Chiari I malformation. J Neurosurg Ped. 2009; 4(6):557-63.

McMillan KM, Ehtesham M, Stevenson CB, Edgeworth ML, Thompson RC, Price RR. T2 detection of tumor invasion within segmented components of glioblastoma multiforme. J Mag Reson Imag. 2009; 29(2):251-7.

Ehtesham M, Mapara KY, Stevenson CB, Thompson RC.CXCR4 mediates the proliferation of glioblastoma progenitor cells. Cancer Letters. 2009;274(2):305-12.

Ehtesham M, Stevenson CB, Thompson RC.  Preferential expression of chemokine receptor CXCR4 by highly malignant human gliomas and its association with poor patient survival. Neurosurgery. 2008; 63(4):E820.

Stevenson CB, Ehtesham M, McMillan KM, Valadez JG, Edgeworth ML, Price RR, Abel TW, Mapara KY, Thompson RC. CXCR4 expression is elevated in glioblastoma multiforme and correlates with an increase in intensity and extent of peri-tumoral T2-weighted MRI signal abnormalities. Neurosurgery. 2008;63(3):560-9.

Johnson MD, Stevenson CB, Thompson RC, Atkinson J, Boyer P. 31-year-old woman with hemiparesis. Brain Pathology. 2007;17(2):255-7.

Book Chapters

Stevenson CB, Crone KR. Head injury. In Operative Pediatric Surgery Ziegler MM, Azizkhan RG, Weber T, von Allmen D (eds.). 2nd Edition. Mcgraw-Hill: New York ,NY, 2012.