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Jesse Skoch, MD, FAANS, FACS

  • Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery
  • Board Certified
Children spark excitement and wonder and have a unique set of challenges for a neurosurgical subspecialty.
Jesse Skoch, MD, FAANS, FACS



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 subspecialty. 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.

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.


Craniofacial; epilepsy; spine; hydrocephalus; neuroendoscopy

Services and Specialties

Neurosurgery, Colorectal Disorders, Craniofacial Disorders


Epilepsy; optical imaging; biomedical engineering; hydrocephalus

Research Areas


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Spatial and Temporal Comparisons of Calcium Channel and Intrinsic Signal Imaging During in Vivo Cortical Spreading Depolarizations in Healthy and Hypoxic Brains. LaSarge, CL; McCoy, C; Namboodiri, DV; Hartings, JA; Danzer, SC; Batie, MR; Skoch, J. Neurocritical Care. 2023; 39:655-668.


Comparing electrical stimulation functional mapping with subdural electrodes and stereoelectroencephalography. Aungaroon, G; Vedala, K; Byars, AW; Ervin, B; Rozhkov, L; Horn, PS; Ihnen, SK Z; Holland, KD; Tenney, JR; Kremer, K; Leach, JL; Mangano, FT; Greiner, HM; Arya, R. Epilepsia. 2023; 64:1527-1540.


Responsive neurostimulation device therapy in pediatric patients with complex medically refractory epilepsy. Hartnett, SM; Greiner, HM; Arya, R; Tenney, JR; Aungaroon, G; Holland, K; Leach, JL; Air, EL; Skoch, J; Mangano, FT. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 2022; 30:499-506.


Comparison of outcomes after stereoelectroencephalography and subdural grid monitoring in pediatric tuberous sclerosis complex. Larrew, T; Skoch, J; Ihnen, SK Z; Arya, R; Holland, KD; Tenney, JR; Horn, PS; Leach, JL; Krueger, DA; Greiner, HM; Mangano, FT. Neurosurgical Focus. 2022; 53:E5.


Craniosynostosis is a feature of Costello syndrome. Weaver, KN; Care, M; Wakefield, E; Zarate, YA; Skoch, J; Gripp, KW; Prada, CE. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A. 2022; 188:1280-1286.


Improving Detection of Hippocampal Epileptiform Activity Using Magnetoencephalography. Sidler, E; Greiner, H; Mangano, F; Skoch, J; Arya, R; Holland, K; Aungaroon, G; Arthur, T; Fujiwara, H; Horn, P; Tenney, J. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. 2022; 39:240-246.


Evaluation of smartphone-integrated magnetometers in detection of safe electromagnetic devices for use near programmable shunt valves: a proof-of-concept study. Patel, SK; Zamorano-Fernández, J; McCoy, C; Skoch, J. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 2021; 27:629-636.

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