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Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery


My Biography & Research


Dr. Skoch completed a pediatric neurosurgical fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s. Prior to residency training at the University of Arizona, he completed undergraduate study at Colgate University where he also began basic neuroscience research at the National Institutes of Health. He graduated with a degree in cellular neuroscience and went on to complete additional research at Harvard / Mass General Hospital before obtaining his medical degree at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Skoch’s clinical interests are the surgical treatment of pediatric epilepsy, brain tumors, craniofacial disorders, and spinal deformity. His research focuses on applying optical imaging techniques to help better define epileptic foci in the brain to make surgical treatment smaller, safer, and more effective.

Dr. Skoch has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, authored book chapters, and garnered several awards for his scientific research. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the pediatric section of the AANS/CNS.

Clinical Interests

Craniofacial; epilepsy; spine; hydrocephalus; neuroendoscopy

Research Interests

Epilepsy; optical imaging; biomedical engineering; hydrocephalus

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery


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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.

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.

Successful Whole Genome Sequencing-guided Treatment of Mycoplasma hominis Ventriculitis in a Preterm Infant. Huang, FA S; Mortensen, J; Skoch, J; Andersen, H; Staat, MA; Schaffzin, JK; Haslam, DB. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2019; 38:749-751.