Neurosurgery

Our neurosurgeons at CHoR aren't just brain surgeons, they are much more 

Operating on a child’s brain is one of the most delicate procedures in medicine. Neurosurgery focuses also on issues in the spine or peripheral nerves that require surgery while a child’s brain is still developing. Our team might operate on children before birth, immediately after birth, during infancy, childhood and adolescence – and we even treat patients as adults, if their condition continues to persist. 

Children who require the care of a neurosurgeon often come to us with other medical conditions, meaning they already are receiving other care, or require postsurgical assistance. That’s why we developed the Neurosciences Center, which brings together all the specialized services your child needs. We make it easier for you to navigate to get the right care for your child from the moment they arrive. 

Two neurosurgeons sitting in the lobby

Highly specialized care for your family 

Because of the highly specialized nature of what we do, our pediatric neurosurgeons have completed significant additional training and certification. In fact, of the only 200 board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons in the country, four practice right here at CHoR.  

Pediatric neurosurgery has evolved as an extension of general neurosurgery because a child’s developing nervous system is not merely a miniature version of an adult’s. The conditions and diseases seen in children also are considerably different from those seen in adults.  

Conditions our neurosurgeons treat

Our team cares for patients with: 

Minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques

We are innovators in the use of minimally invasive techniques, which can deliver targeted outcomes with reduced recovery times. These techniques include: 

  • Minimally invasive craniosynostosis surgery
  • Endoscopic surgeries to cure hydrocephalus without shunts 
  • Endoscopic brain tumor surgery 
  • Minimally invasive interstitial laser ablation for tumors and seizures 
  • Narrow corridor interfascicular subcortical surgical techniques 
Helping Harper: Our compassionate team of neurosurgeons makes a difference

Helping Harper: Our compassionate team of neurosurgeons makes a difference

"There's something that can't be replaced when you're able to get your care in your own community"

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Meet the team

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Gary W Tye, MD, FAANS
Gary Tye MD, FAANS Neurosurgery
Center for Craniofacial Care
Spasticity Clinic
Spina Bifida Clinic
Neurofibromatosis program
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John D Ward, MD, MSHA
John Ward MD, MSHA Neurosurgery Read more
Ann M Ritter, MD
Ann Ritter MD Neurosurgery
Center for Craniofacial Care
Spasticity Clinic
Spina Bifida Clinic
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Paul F. Koch, MD
Paul Koch MD Neurosurgery Read more
Michele L Ellett, MSN, RN, CPNP
Michele Ellett MSN, RN, CPNP Neurosurgery Read more
JoAnn Tillett, RN
JoAnn Tillett RN Neurosurgery
Center for Craniofacial Care
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