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Pediatric Neurosurgery Program

The Pediatric Neurosurgery Program serves the children of Richmond through the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and other outreach medical centers to provide state-of-the-art care for neonates, infants, children, and adolescents with problems of the brain, spine, or peripheral nerves. Children in need of neurosurgery are best treated by a pediatric neurosurgeon with advanced sub-specialty training, access to the latest technology in collaboration with an extensive team of other pediatric sub-specialists. The Neurosurgery Department’s fellowship trained, Board Certified pediatric neurosurgeons offer all of these elements, along with a strong commitment to a caring, family-centered approach.


  • Strong commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes and excellent cosmetic results with the least possible physical and emotional trauma to the child and family
  • Use of minimally invasive techniques whenever possible
  • Continuity of care throughout the child’s growing years
  • Family participation and support throughout the process
  • State-of-the-art technology

Conditions treated

  • Pediatric brain tumors
  • Pediatric spinal tumors
  • Hydrocephalus and cerebral cysts
  • Craniosynostosis (both minimally invasive and reconstructive techniques)
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Intractable epilepsy and intractable movement disorders
  • Cerebral vascular malformations and Moyamoya syndrome
  • Spina bifida, spinal lipomas and tethered spinal cord syndromes
  • Chiari malformations and syringomyelia
  • Spasticity of spinal or brain origin
  • Neuro-cutanious syndromes
  • Congenital defects of the brain, skull, or spine
  • Cranio-cervical instability
  • Injuries of head, spine, brachial plexus or peripheral nerves

The Collaborative Context of Pediatric Neurosurgical Care

The Pediatric Neurosurgery Team integrates together with many other pediatric subspecialties within the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU to form a cooperative network of care that includes multidisciplinary clinics for:


John J. Collins, M.D.
Ann M. Ritter, M.D.
John D. Ward, M.D.