Institute for Brain Protection Sciences Pediatric Neurosurgery Program & Services

Recognized as a Top 50 Neurology and Neurosurgery Program by U.S. News & World Report 2023-2024

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The Pediatric Neurosurgery Program at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, is one of the largest in the Southeast and provides comprehensive pediatric neurosurgery care for patients throughout Florida, the United States and the world. 

Our team understands that children are not just miniature adults. They have their own unique physiology and problems. Pediatric neurosurgery is exclusively practiced by approximately 300 surgeons in the United States. Board certification in pediatric neurosurgery requires additional training and certification above that required for certification in general neurosurgery (adult and pediatric). We partner closely with neurology, neuro-oncology, neuropsychology hematology and radiology.

Our inpatient Surgical Neuroscience Unit has 28 individual patient rooms. For enhanced continuity of care and follow-up, we see patients in our main facility and also at Johns Hopkins All Children's Outpatient Care locations in East Lake, Fort Myers, Tampa, Sarasota and Lakeland.

We specialize in the surgical treatment of a wide range of problems including:

Meet Our Neurosurgeons

Meet our expert team of pediatric neurosurgeons.

Contact Us

For more information or to make an appointment, please give us a call at the phone number below. We serve families in the greater Tampa Bay area and beyond.

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Our Locations

Read inspiring stories about our patients.

  • Traumatic Brain Injury: Tammy’s Story

    Tammy came to the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Trauma Center after being hit by a trolley. Quick surgical procedures stabilized Tammy and she has been making steady progress ever since

    Tammy at Johns Hopkins All Children's with Dr. Akbari
  • Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery: Bailey’s Story

    Bailey was 11 years old when she was diagnosed with epilepsy, causing seizures. Her condition was difficult to treat, and she was eventually referred to Johns Hopkins All Children’s, where doctors recommended lesionectomy, a type of brain surgery, which has eliminated her seizures.

    Bailey was treated for epilepsy at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome: Knight’s Story

    To deal with Knight’s rare genetic mutation, his care team developed a bold plan — remove half his brain. Learn more about how Knight is thriving.

    Knight and his mom Victoria at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • Crouzon Syndrome: Maria Mar's Story

    Ron and Maria Del Carmen couldn’t have imagined what would be required to keep their daughter alive and safe in her first two years of life — a journey that would lead them from Guatemala to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

    Patient Maria Mar with her parents at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.