Pediatric neurosurgery

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Pediatric Neurosurgery is a subspecialty of neurosurgery; which includes surgical procedures that are related to the nervous system, brain and spinal cord; that treats children with operable neurological disorders.


Boston Children's Hospital was the first hospital in the United States with a specialized neurosurgical service for children, established in 1929 by Harvey Cushing and Franc Ingraham.[1]

As of 2009, there were fewer than 200 pediatric neurosurgeons in the United States. Approximately 80% of them were male.[2] In the past 25 years, 391 doctors graduated from a pediatric neurosurgery program. Only 70% of them currently practice primarily pediatric rather than adult neurosurgery. Approximately 70% of them are in academic medicine.[3]

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  1. ^ Youmans and Winn Neurological Surgery (7 ed.). Elsevier. 2017. pp. 1472–1475.
  2. ^ Shipman, Scott A.; Lane, Jessica R.; Durham, Susan R. (1 January 2009). "The pediatric neurosurgical workforce: defining the current supply: Clinical article". Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 3 (1): 1–10. doi:10.3171/2008.10.PEDS08255. ISSN 1933-0715. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  3. ^ Maher, Cormac O.; Durham, Susan R.; Scott, R. Michael; Nadel, Jeffrey L. (4 January 2019). "Recent trends in North American pediatric neurosurgical fellowship training". Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. -1 (aop): 1–6. doi:10.3171/2018.10.PEDS18106. ISSN 1933-0715. Retrieved 2 April 2019.