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Pediatric Neurosurgery Program



The Pediatric Neurosurgery Program is a recognized multidisciplinary center that fosters high-quality, family-centered care for children with neurosurgical disease.

In fact, the Pediatric Neurosurgery Program at VCU is the only center in the mid-Atlantic region to offer a unified approach to helping children with neurosurgical problems while offering services for the education of students, physicians and other medical professionals. Currently, the center has the only neurosurgeon in central Virginia whose primary practice is pediatric neurosurgery and the Pediatric Neurosurgery Program at VCU is the largest and most comprehensive pediatric neurosurgery program in the region. The Pediatric Neurosurgery Program works closely with referring physicians – our partners in coordinated care – to provide state-of-the-art treatment. We have many outstanding programs and treat a wide variety of neurosurgical diseases. We provide 24-hour inpatient care and timely outpatient consultations.

The VCU Medical Center is also home to a multidisciplinary, world-class group of physicians and researchers aimed at attacking the problem of brain tumors and working toward improving diagnosis, developing new therapies and improving long-term outcomes for children.

Drs. Ward and Tye also specialize in endoscopic neurosurgery. During his fellowship, Dr. Tye worked with Dr. Crone, who recently developed Specialized Minimal Access Resection Techniques, an innovative, minimally invasive procedure for operating on brain tumors deep in the brain that were previously thought to be inoperable. The SMART surgery approach also holds great promise for the precise delivery of regional therapies. Dr. Ritter is the newest addition to the program and has seven years of pediatric neurosurgery experience.

Physicians and research faculty

Gary W. Tye, M.D.
John D. Ward, M.D.
Ann M. Ritter, M.D.
Timothy Van Meter, Ph.D.