Clinical Neurosciences Center

When Children Need Brain Surgery

Pediatric neurosurgeons in the Department of Neurosurgery at The University of Utah treat a full spectrum of needs and conduct clinical trials to advance the study of pediatric neurological disorders and research surgical solutions for these conditions.

Based at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, this multidisciplinary team of fellowship-trained surgeons treats infants and children suffering from hydrocephalus, epilepsy, spasticity, spinal cord malformations, brain tumors, and a range of other neurological conditions and diseases—at an impressive patient volume. These highly skilled surgeons pioneer new evidence-based approaches, such as endoscopic treatment for brain lesions.

“We perform about 1,200 procedures per year—approximately 45 percent of them shunt-related,” says Marion L. Walker, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at The University of Utah and Primary Children’s Medical Center. “We do about 80 brain tumor procedures annually and treat children with spina bifida and other congenital malformations. Our expertise includes operative management for seizure disorders, spasticity and pediatric cervical spine stability problems, among others.”

In addition to Dr. Walker, key members of the pediatric neurosurgery team are John R. W. Kestle, MD, Douglas Brockmeyer, MD, Jay Riva-Cambrin, MD, and James P. (Pat) McAllister II, PhD.

“We are an integral part of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Clinical Neurosciences Center dedicated to the care of children,” says Dr. Walker. “Our collaboration of clinical researchers and specialists positions us uniquely to provide high quality care to children in this region and beyond.”


For more information on the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery contact Neurosciences Public Affairs at 801-585-7777.