Neurosurgery (Brain)

Daniel Wilke's brain tumor

"This is the best place you never want to be," said Jennifer Wirz of Children's and its neuro-oncology program. Wirz carries in her purse an MRI image of her son Daniel's first brain tumor. "When I'm having a bad day, it reminds me that life could be so much worse. We were thrilled with the outcome of Daniel's first surgery, but the fact that surgeons got such an advanced look at his second tumor (using intraoperative MRI) was simply amazing."

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Born with Grade IV Intraventricular Hemorrhage and Hydrocephalus, now an amazing 9-year-old school of rock musician

Collin was born in May 1998, at 32 weeks, and was 3lb 1oz, and only 16 inches. We soon learned that Collin had a Grade IV Intraventricular Hemorrhage and Hydrocephalus, and had a large risk of Cerebral Palsy. It was devastating news, as it would be for any parent.

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Innovations in neurology and neurosurgery have greatly improved the quality of life for children with neurological conditions. The neurosurgery team at Children's is committed to the constant pursuit of better care for these children through adoption of the latest techniques, training and technology including:

  • 3 Tesla MRI system
  • Intra-operative MRI
  • Interventional neuroradiology
  • Advanced brain mapping for patients with epilepsy and brain tumors
  • Minimally invasive neurosurgery techniques

Your child's surgery team
At Children's, your child's surgery is performed by a team of professionals who specialize in the unique needs of children. Because you know your child best, your child's team considers you to be a part of your child's care. Care includes the latest in neurosurgical techniques, technology, and training is managed by an interdisciplinary pain management team.

Your child's team considers you to be part of your child's care, because you know your child best.

Led by Joseph Petronio, MD, Children’s neurosurgery program has expanded capacity with the addition of pediatric neurosurgeon, Meysam Kebriaei, MD, to the team. They work collaboratively with epilepsy, critical care, oncology, neurology, and
neonatology sub-specialists to care for patients requiring neurosurgery expertise
for seizures, traumatic brain injury, hydrocephalus and brain tumors.
Neurosurgery follow up clinics are offered on our three campuses: St. Paul,
Minneapolis and Minnetonka.

Resources for families:

Neurosurgery is performed at the following Children's locations:

Contact us:

  • If you are a family member looking for a Children's neurosurgeon and/or neurologist, please visit Find a Doctor.

  • If you are a health professional looking for a neurosurgery consultation or referral information, please call Children's Physician Access at 1-866-755-2121 (toll-free).