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Charles B. Stevenson, MD, FAANS, FACS, FAAP


  • Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery
I am always happy to take as much time as needed to fully explain a diagnosis and answer all of a family's questions. I try to base all of my recommendations and treatment plans on the straightforward principle that it is what I would want to be done for my own child.

About

Biography

I was first drawn to neurosurgery as a medical student during an elective rotation. It quickly became clear to me that taking care of people with neurological disorders was incredibly challenging and immensely rewarding. I was hooked after the first day of the rotation.

During my neurosurgery residency, I was fortunate to find a mentor in Dr. Noel Tulipan, a pediatric neurosurgeon who was a pioneer in repairing spina bifida defects in fetuses to improve their outcomes following birth. He became a guiding presence in my life and inspired me to dedicate my career to caring for children.

I am board certified in both adult neurosurgery, from the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and in pediatric neurosurgery, from the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

As a pediatric neurosurgeon, I specialize in the following conditions and procedures:

  • Brain and spinal tumors
  • Chiari malformations
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Spasticity surgery, including selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) and the implantation of baclofen pumps
  • Spina bifida, including fetal surgery for myelomeningocele
  • Spinal dysraphic defects and all forms of tethered cord syndrome

My philosophy of care is simple — the patient always comes first. I am always happy to take as much time as needed to fully explain a diagnosis and answer all of a family's questions. I try to base all of my recommendations and treatment plans on the straightforward principle that it is what I would want to be done for my own child.

I am the surgical director of the Brain Tumor Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and I specialize in the treatment of children with brain and spine tumors. I also serve as a member of the Fetal Care Team, and along with my colleagues in the Fetal Care Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, I helped create the Fetal Myelomeningocele Surgery Program here in 2011. In addition, I created the Surgical Spasticity Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s, which is a multispecialty program that evaluates and treats patients with cerebral palsy and other conditions who are adversely affected by spasticity in their limbs. I am a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons and a member of the neurosurgical advisory committee of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium.

I am incredibly proud to have been recognized twice with Distinguished Faculty Awards from Cincinnati Children’s: first for my efforts as the surgical director of the Brain Tumor Center and subsequently for my role as part of the multispecialty Trauma Services Team. In addition, I am honored to have been recognized by the Office of Patient and Family Experience at the end of 2019 as the highest-scoring surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s when graded by patients and their families on a hospital-wide survey.

My research is concentrated in two primary areas at present. In the Brain Tumor Center, my colleagues and I are continuously developing novel clinical trials to search for new treatments to improve outcomes for patients with malignant and recurrent brain tumors. In the Fetal Care Center, my partners and I are working to improve surgical techniques for intrauterine closure of myelomeningocele (spina bifida) to make the procedure safer for both mother and child.

When I’m not working, I try to spend as much time as possible with my family. I am a big fan of classic and alternative rock as well as the blues, and I enjoy attending concerts and reading about rock history.

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Publications

Morbidity and cost burden of prenatal myelomeningocele repair. Riddle, S; Huddle, R; Lim, F; Stevenson, C; Dean, K; Sparling, K; Fenchel, M; Schibler, K. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. 2021; 34:1651-1657.

Comparison of two- and three-dimensional endoscopic visualization for fetal myelomeningocele repair: a pilot study using a fetoscopic surgical simulator. Patel, SK; Kashyrina, O; Duru, S; Miyabe, M; Lim, FY; Peiro, JL; Stevenson, CB. Child's Nervous System. 2021; 37:1613-1621.

Diffusion tensor imaging in children following prenatal myelomeningocele repair and its predictive value for the need and timing of subsequent CSF diversion surgery for hydrocephalus. Yuan, W; Stevenson, CB; Altaye, M; Jones, BV; Leach, J; Lovha, M; Rennert, N; Mangano, FT. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 2021; 1-9.

Fetoscopic Multilayer, Dural Patch Closure Technique for Intrauterine Myelomeningocele Repair: 2-Dimensional Operative Video. Patel, SK; Habli, MA; McKinney, DN; Tabbah, SM; Lim, FY; Peiro, JL; Stevenson, CB. Operative Neurosurgery. 2021; 20:E131-E132.

Characterizing temporal genomic heterogeneity in pediatric low-grade gliomas. Lazow, MA; Hoffman, L; Schafer, A; Osorio, DS; Boué, DR; Rush, S; Wright, E; Lane, A; DeWire-Schottmiller, MD; Smolarek, T; et al. Acta neuropathologica communications. 2020; 8.

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Cells Are Vulnerable to Mitotic Abnormalities Associated with BMI-1 Modulation. Kumar, SS; Sengupta, S; Zhu, X; Mishra, DK; Phoenix, T; Dyer, L; Fuller, C; Stevenson, CB; DeWire, M; Fouladi, M; et al. Molecular Cancer Research. 2020; 18:1711-1723.

A phase I/II study of ribociclib following radiation therapy in children with newly diagnosed diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). DeWire, M; Fuller, C; Hummel, TR; Chow, LM L; Salloum, R; de Blank, P; Pater, L; Lawson, S; Zhu, X; Dexheimer, P; et al. Journal of Neuro-Oncology. 2020; 149:511-522.

Abnormal anisotropic diffusion properties in pediatric myelomeningocele patients treated with fetal surgery: an initial DTI study. Mangano, FT; Stevenson, CB; Nagaraj, U; Conley, A; Yuan, W. Child's Nervous System. 2020; 36:827-833.

Prenatal and postnatal MRI findings in open spinal dysraphism following intrauterine repair via open versus fetoscopic surgical techniques. Nagaraj, UD; Bierbrauer, KS; Stevenson, CB; Peiro, JL; Lim, FY; Habli, MA; Kline-Fath, BM. Prenatal Diagnosis. 2020; 40:49-57.

Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Infection: Emerging Paradigms in Pathogenesis that Affect Prevention and Treatment. Simon, TD; Schaffzin, JK; Stevenson, CB; Willebrand, K; Parsek, M; Hoffman, LR. Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 206:13-19.

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