A photo of Sudhakar Vadivelu.

Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Director, Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke Center

Associate Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


As a pediatric neurosurgeon, I’m trained to deliver both open and endovascular (minimally invasive) approaches for curing vascular disorders of the brain and spinal cord in children. I am also trained in interventional radiology. I was inspired to pursue my career by the shortage of information and the controversy in caring for children with vascular disorders and stroke of the brain and spinal cord.

I’m the director of the Pediatric Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke Center at Cincinnati Children’s. We have a strong history in multidisciplinary pediatric care at every visit. I also serve as a physician scientist attempting to create an innovative patient-specific treatment in the basic science research lab and translate these cutting-edge discoveries in a safe, effective manner for childhood care solutions.

I was chosen as one of Cincinnati Business Courier’s top Forty Under 40 in surgical innovation.

My research focuses on overcoming identifiable genes responsible for abnormal brain vessel development and increased stroke risk. We also want to harness white-matter plasticity and neural stem cell regeneration.

In my free time, I enjoy jazz drumming.

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

Associate Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery

Clinical Divisions

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

Research Divisions


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

Cancer and Tumor-Associated Childhood Stroke: Results From the International Pediatric Stroke Study. Sun, LR; Linds, A; Sharma, M; Rafay, M; Vadivelu, S; Lee, S; Brandao, LR; Appavu, B; Estepp, JH; Hukin, J; et al. Pediatric Neurology. 2020; 111:59-65.

A Noninvasive Retrograde Flushing System for Shunted Hydrocephalus: Initial Case Series of 25 Patients. Falcone, J; Ho, C; Eskandari, R; Vadivelu, S; Madsen, JR; Muhonen, MG. Cureus. 2020; 12.

In situ clearance of a proximal shunt malfunction in a child with hydrocephalus post cerebral arteriovenous malformation rupture noted intraoperatively. Porter, Z; Yang, G; Vuong, S; Hanna, B; Madsen, J; Vadivelu, S. Surgical Neurology International. 2020; 11:116-116.

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.