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



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.

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

Residency: Neurological Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, 2001-08.

Fellowships: Neurosurgical Oncology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004-06; Pediatric Neurosurgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2008-09.

Board Certification: Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2013; Pediatric Neurosurgery, American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 2014.


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

Services and Specialties

Colorectal Disorders, Neurosurgery, Brain Tumor, Fetal Care, Craniofacial Disorders


Neuro-oncology; epilepsy; spasticity

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Effect of allograft patch closure on incidence of spinal inclusion cyst formation following open fetal myelomeningocele repair. Patel, SK; Hartnett, S; Gaulden, A; Bethi, M; Habli, MA; McKinney, DN; Lim, FY; Peiro, JL; Stevenson, CB. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 2023; 32:141-148.

Human fetal cerebellar cell atlas informs medulloblastoma origin and oncogenesis. Luo, Z; Xia, M; Shi, W; Zhao, C; Wang, J; Xin, D; Dong, X; Xiong, Y; Zhang, F; Berry, K; et al. Nature. 2022; 612:787-794.

The Construction of a Predictive Composite Index for Decision-Making of CSF Diversion Surgery in Pediatric Patients following Prenatal Myelomeningocele Repair. Mangano, FT; Altaye, M; Stevenson, CB; Yuan, W. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2022; 43:1214-1221.

Pediatric colloid cysts: a multinational, multicenter study. An IFNE-ISPN-ESPN collaboration. Roth, J; Perekopaiko, Y; Kozyrev, DA; Constantini, S; Myers, HE; Chern, BL; Reisner, A; Mena-Bernal, JH; Bartoli, A; Paun, L; et al. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 2022; 29:543-550.

Lethal Pediatric Cerebral Vasculitis Triggered by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2. Poisson, KE; Zygmunt, A; Leino, D; Fuller, CE; Jones, BV; Haslam, D; Staat, MA; Clay, G; Ting, TV; Wesselkamper, K; et al. Pediatric Neurology. 2022; 127:1-5.

Phase I study of ribociclib and everolimus in children with newly diagnosed DIPG and high-grade glioma: A CONNECT pediatric neuro-oncology consortium report. Dewire, M; Lazow, M; Campagne, O; Leach, J; Fuller, C; Senthil Kumar, S; Stanek, J; De Blank, P; Hummel, TR; Pillay-Smiley, N; et al. Neuro-Oncology Advances. 2022; 4:vdac055.

Morbidity and cost burden of prenatal myelomeningocele repair. Riddle, S; Huddle, R; Lim, F; Stevenson, C; Dean, K; Sparling, K; Fenchel, M; Schibler, K. The 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; 27:391-399.

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.

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