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Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Director, Cerebrovascular Program

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


Sudhakar Vadivelu, DO, joined the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center after completing his fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Texas Children’s Hospital and neurosurgical residency at Hofstra North Shore- LIJ School of Medicine. While at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ, he acquired additional training in open cerebrovascular surgery and endovascular surgery for specialized training in the care of vascular disorders of the brain and spine. 

Dr. Vadivelu’s interest, specialized training and research background in the role of inflammation in neurogenesis and stem cells, make him uniquely qualified to lead our division in its collaborative efforts with the division of interventional neuroradiology for the treatment of children with vascular disorders of the brain and spine.

In addition, Dr. Vadivelu brings expertise in spinal diseases, brain and spinal cord tumors, neuroendoscopy and neurostimulation.

Clinical Interests

Disorders of the brain and spine; brain and spine tumors; spinal deformity; chiari malformation; hydrocephalus; movement disorders; endovascular/ interventional neuroradiology; neuroendoscopy; neurostimulation

Research Interests

Stem cells; neurogenesis; modulation of cytokine activity


Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery


Neurosurgery, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations, Brain Tumor, Dystonia and Surgical Movement Disorders, Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, Cerebrovascular, Colorectal Disorders, Sturge-Weber Syndrome, Neurosurgery

My Locations

My Education

DO: Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, IA.

Residency: Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; Neurosurgery, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Manhasset, NY.

Fellowship: Interventional Neuroradiology, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Manhasset, NY; Cerebrovascular Surgery, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Manhasset, NY; Pediatric Neurosurgery, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

My Publications

Moyamoya: Patient selection rather than de-selection in the very young. Vadivelu, S; Harker, P; Zuccarello, M. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 2020; 25:94-95.

Cervicocerebral quantitative arterial tortuosity: A biomarker of arteriopathy in children with intracranial aneurysms. Chen, AM; Karani, KB; Taylor, JM; Zhang, B; Furthmiller, A; De Vela, G; Leach, JL; Vadivelu, S; Abruzzo, TA. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 2019; 24:389-8.

Hemoglobin Southampton complicated by cerebral ischemia, moyamoya, and hydroxyurea-induced methemoglobinemia. Boucher, AA; Gurunathan, A; Taylor, JM; Ricci, KW; Vadivelu, S; Quinn, CT. American Journal of Hematology. 2019; 94:949-954.

Chiari I malformation in children with transverse myelitis. Vadivelu, S; Vadivelu, S; Mealy, M; Patel, S; Kosnik-Infinger, L; Becker, D. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 2018; 21:402-6.

Epidural Blood Patch in Children under Anesthesia: Is There an Indication for Neuromonitoring?. Kandil, A; Smith, G; Mahmoud, M; Abruzzo, T; Vadivelu, S; Subramanyam, R. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology. 2018; 30:275-276.

Spectrum of cerebral arterial and venous abnormalities in Alagille syndrome. Carpenter, CD; Linscott, LL; Leach, JL; Vadivelu, S; Abruzzo, T. Pediatric Radiology: roentgenology, nuclear medicine, ultrasonics, CT, MRI. 2018; 48:602-608.

Quantitative Arterial Tortuosity Suggests Arteriopathy in Children With Cryptogenic Stroke. DeVela, G; Taylor, JM; Zhang, B; Linscott, LL; Chen, AM; Karani, KB; Furthmiller, A; Leach, JL; Vadivelu, S; Abruzzo, T. Stroke. 2018; 49:1011-1014.

Functional Neuroanatomy of Secondary Self-Injurious Behavior. Peeters, S; Skoch, J; Holt, H; Mubita, L; Choudhary, EA; Vadivelu, KP; Gilbert, DL; Wu, SW; Keebaugh, AC; Air, E; et al. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 2018; 53:71-80.

Predicting symptomatic cerebral vasospasm after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage with an artificial neural network in a pediatric population. Skoch, J; Tahir, R; Abruzzo, T; Taylor, JM; Zuccarello, M; Vadivelu, S. Child's Nervous System. 2017; 33:2153-2157.

Neurovascular toxicity of N-methyl-D-aspartate is markedly enhanced in the developing mouse central nervous system. Vadivelu, S; Xu, K; Tolj, V; Rege, R; Darkins, L; Vishwanath, K. Neuroscience Letters. 2017; 655:1-6.