George Jallo, M.D.

George Issa Jallo, M.D.

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  • Vice Dean and Physician-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • Professor of Neurosurgery

Languages: English, Aramaic, French


Achondroplasia, Arachnoid Cysts, Brachial Plexus Injuries, Brain Cancer, Brain Stem Tumors, Brain Tumors, Cerebral Palsy, Chiari Malformations, Craniopharyngiomas, Craniosynostosis, Endoscopy, Epilepsy Surgery, Hydrocephalus, Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors, Lipoma, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Pediatric Brachial Plexus, Pediatric Brain Cancer, Pediatric Brain Tumors, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury, Pediatric Spinal Cord Tumors, Pediatric Spinal Deformity, Pituitary Tumors, Skeletal Dysplasias, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Tumors, Spinal Dysraphism, Spine Tumors more

Research Interests

Optic Pathway Tumors; Novel Models of Brainstem and Spinal Cord Tumor; Local Delivery of Chemotherapy Agents more


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Dr. Jallo is the vice dean and physician-in-chief at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. He also is the David M. Goldenberg Family Endowed Chair in the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences and a professor of neurosurgery, pediatrics and oncology with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Jallo joined Johns Hopkins in 2003 as an pediatric neurosurgeon. In 2013, he became the pediatric neurosurgery division director at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Jallo moved to Johns Hopkins All Children's in 2015 to launch the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences, a multidisciplinary institute that unites clinicians, researchers and educators focused on promoting optimal neurodevelopment and caring for children with injuries and illnesses that can affect the brain.

His areas of expertise include tumors of the brain and spinal cord, intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring for eloquent tumors, use of minimally invasive technologies such as endoscopy and keyhole surgery and surgical treatment of epilepsy.

Dr. Jallo has published more than 245 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 89 book chapters and is co-editor of five textbooks on pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric epilepsy surgery and neuroendoscopy.

In addition, Dr. Jallo has been principal investigator for NIH and private foundation grants focused on treatment of pediatric central nervous system tumors and other neurosurgical challenges.

Dr. Jallo earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia Medical School and completed his residency in neurosurgery at New York University Medical Center and fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Beth Israel Medical Center, Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery, in New York. more


  • Vice Dean and Physician-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • Clinical Practice Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • Medical Director, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Institute for Brain Protection Sciences (IBPS)
  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Oncology
  • Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD; University of Virginia School of Medicine (1991)


  • Surgery; New York University Medical Center (1998)


  • Pediatric Neurosurgery; Beth Israel Medical Center - North Division (1999)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurological Surgery) (2002)
  • American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery~ (Pediatric Neurological Surgery) (2004)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Jallo's research interests include novel models of brainstem and spinal cord tumors and local delivery of chemotherapy agents.

Selected Publications

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The periumbilical approach in ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement: technique and long-term results.  Recinos PF, Pindrik JA, Bedri MI, Ahn ES, Jallo GI, Recinos VR.  J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2013 May;11(5):558-63. doi: 10.3171/2013.1.PEDS1254. Epub 2013 Feb 22.  PMID: 23432480 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Neurosurg Focus. 2012 Jul;33(Suppl 1):1. doi: 10.3171/2012.V2.FOCUS12154.  Intramedullary spinal cord tumor resection. Groves ML, Zadnik PL, Recinos PF, Renard V, Jallo GI.

Father of neurosurgery: Harvey Cushing's early experience with a pediatric brainstem glioma at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Dmetrichuk JM, Pendleton C, Jallo GI, Quiñones-Hinojosa A. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2011 Oct;8(4):337-41. doi: 10.3171/2011.7.PEDS11101. PMID: 21961537 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Use of a minimally invasive tubular retraction system for deep-seated tumors in pediatric patients. Recinos PF, Raza SM, Jallo GI, Recinos VR. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2011 May;7(5):516-21. doi: 10.3171/2011.2.PEDS10515. PMID: 21529192 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Establishment of a human glioblastoma stemlike brainstem rodent tumor model. Siu IM, Tyler BM, Chen JX, Eberhart CG, Thomale UW, Olivi A, Jallo GI, Riggins GJ, Gallia GL. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2010 Jul;6(1):92-7. doi: 10.3171/2010.3.PEDS09366. PMID: 20593994 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

  • St. Pete 6-year-old can walk after undergoing spinal cord surgery, WTVT - TV (July 1, 2022)
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