A photo of Jesse Skoch.

Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery


Board Certified

"Children spark excitement and wonder and have a unique set of challenges for a neurosurgical subspeciality."

My Biography & Research


I am a brain, skull and spine surgeon with special interests in epilepsy, brain tumors, hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis and the spine. When possible, I employ a minimally invasive technique called neuroendoscopy, which allows surgeons to reach areas of the brain through smaller openings.

My interest in neurosurgery began in college, where I was fascinated both by how much had been discovered about the electrochemical machinery of the nervous system and by how many mysteries remain to be solved. I enjoy working with my hands and fixing things, so neurosurgery was a perfect fit. Children spark excitement and wonder and have a unique set of challenges for a neurosurgical subspeciality. I'm so grateful to be able to work with an exclusively pediatric population.

In my practice, I perform exceptional surgical interventions to treat or cure the spine and brain. At Cincinnati Children’s, we are on the cutting edge of pediatric neurosurgical therapies. We’re adapting to a changing field and a changing world by being a part of the discovery process. I’m working to improve how surgery is done to make pediatric neurosurgical procedures smaller, safer and more effective.

I am a lead developer for the cloud-based hydrocephalus tracking app HydroAssist. This free program helps families who are managing hydrocephalus get access to key medical information, be connected to their care providers and stay knowledgeable about treatments.

I have published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, authored book chapters and garnered several awards for my scientific research. I’m researching ways to improve seizure surgery by finding new techniques to monitor where seizures come from in a child’s brain.

When I have free time, I enjoy skiing and mountain biking and trying to teach my kids to cook.

Clinical Interests

Craniofacial; epilepsy; spine; hydrocephalus; neuroendoscopy

Research Interests

Epilepsy; optical imaging; biomedical engineering; hydrocephalus

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery

Clinical Divisions

Neurosurgery, Colorectal Disorders, Craniofacial Disorders

Research Divisions


Blog Posts

An Amazing Journey to Explore the Mind

Mind Brain Behavior

An Amazing Journey to Explore the Mind

Jesse Skoch, MD, Steve C. Danzer, PhD ...7/3/2019

My Education

MD: University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Residency: Neurosurgery Residency-University of Arizona, Banner University Medical Center, Tucson, AZ.

Fellowship: Clinical Spine Fellowship-Banner University Medical Center, AZ; Shriners Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia.

Clinical Fellow: Pediatric Neurosurgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Board Certification: ABNS; ABPNS.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Subdural grid and depth electrode monitoring in pediatric patients. Skoch, J; Adelson, PD; Bhatia, S; Greiner, HM; Rydenhag, B; Scavarda, D; Mangano, FT. Epilepsia. 2017; 58 Suppl 1:56-65.

Cortical gene expression: prognostic value for seizure outcome following temporal lobectomy and amygdalohippocampectomy. Gallek, MJ; Skoch, J; Ansay, T; Behbahani, M; Mount, D; Manziello, A; Witte, M; Bernas, M; Labiner, DM; Weinand, ME. Neurogenetics. 2016; 17:211-218.

Bracing After Surgical Stabilization of Thoracolumbar Fractures: A Systematic Review of Evidence, Indications, and Practices. Skoch, J; Zoccali, C; Zaninovich, O; Martirosyan, N; Walter, CM; Maykowski, P; Baaj, AA. World Neurosurgery. 2016; 93:221-228.

Integration of Indocyanine Green Videoangiography With Operative Microscope: Augmented Reality for Interactive Assessment of Vascular Structures and Blood Flow. Martirosyan, NL; Skoch, J; Watson, JR; Jr, LG M; Romanowski, M. Operative Neurosurgery. 2015; 11 Suppl 2:252-258.

Posterior atlantoaxial fixation: A cadaveric and fluoroscopic step-by-step technical guide. Sattarov, K; Skoch, J; Abbasifard, S; Patel, A; Avila, M; Walter, C; Baaj, A. Surgical Neurology International. 2015; 6:S244-S247.

Dendritic spine abnormalities in amyloid precursor protein transgenic mice demonstrated by gene transfer and intravital multiphoton microscopy. Spires, TL; Meyer-Luehmann, M; Stern, EA; McLean, PJ; Skoch, J; Nguyen, PT; Bacskai, BJ; Hyman, BT. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 2005; 25:7278-7287.

Electroporation loading of calcium-sensitive dyes into the CNS. Bonnot, AS; Mentis, GZ; Skoch, J; O'Donovan, MJ. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2005; 93:1793-1808.

Development of an optical approach for noninvasive imaging of Alzheimer's disease pathology. Skoch, J; Dunn, A; Hyman, BT; Bacskai, BJ. Journal of Biomedical Optics. 2005; 10:11007-011007.

Four-dimensional multiphoton imaging of brain entry, amyloid binding, and clearance of an amyloid-beta ligand in transgenic mice. Bacskai, BJ; Hickey, GA; Skoch, J; Kajdasz, ST; Wang, YM; Huang, GF; Mathis, CA; Klunk, WE; Hyman, BT. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA. 2003; 100:12462-12467.

A minimally invasive endoscopic technique for fascia lata graft acquisition and fascial reapproximation. Skoch, J; Avila, MJ; Fennell, VS; Martirosyan, NL; Baaj, AA; Lemole, GM. Operative Neurosurgery. 2020; 19:735-740.