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Dody Robinson, M.D.

Shenandoah Robinson, M.D.

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  • Professor of Neurosurgery


Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy Surgery, Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), Spasticity Management

Research Interests

Clarifying how early insults to the developing brain lead to deficits, such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and how to mitigate these deficits with neurorestorative agents more

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 410-955-7337
601 N. Caroline St.
5th Floor, Neurosciences Clinic
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

1708 W. Rogers Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21209 map


Dr. Shenandoah "Dody" Robinson is a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of pediatric epilepsy and spasticity. Her research focuses on clarifying how early insults to the developing brain lead to deficits, such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and how to mitigate these deficits with neurorestorative agents.

Dr. Robinson sees patients at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center’s Neurosciences Clinic, the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.

As a prolific researcher and award-winning teacher, she has written dozens of peer-reviewed professional journal articles and more than 15 book chapters, and she has mentored numerous pediatric neurosurgery trainees.

Dr. Robinson has been elected to the Executive Council of the American Society of Pediatric Surgeons (ASPN), the most distinguished pediatric neurosurgical society in the nation. She is the first woman to hold this position in the 42 year history of the society and she is in the line-up to become its president. In addition, she was elected to the Executive Council of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. She is the first woman to hold this position in the 82 year history of the organization and she is in the line-up to become its president. She currently serves as a Director of the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery and just stepped down as chief of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. more


  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Neurology
  • Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (1986)


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine / Neurological Surgery (1998)


  • St Louis Children's Hospital / Pediatric Neurosurgery (1999)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery / Neurological Surgery (2001)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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S Robinson, JL Winer, J. Berkner, LAS Chan, JL Denson, JR Maxwell, Y Yang, LO Sillerud, RC Tasker, WP Meehan III, R Mannix, and LL Jantzie (2015) Imaging and serum biomarkers reflect functional efficacy of extended erythropoietin treatment in rats following infantile traumatic brain injury. J Neurosurgery: Pediatrics In Press.

JR Maxwell, JL Denson, NE Joste, S Robinson, LL Jantzie (2015) Combined in utero hypoxia-ischemia and lipopolysaccharide administration in rats induces chorioamnionitis and a fetal inflammatory response. Placenta. In Press.

LL Jantzie, JL Winer, C Corbett and S Robinson (2015) Erythropoietin modulates cerebral and serum degradation products from excess calpain activation following prenatal hypoxia-ischemia. Dev Neurosci. In Press.

LL Jantzie, P Getsy, J Denson, D Firl, JR Maxwell, DA Rogers, CG Wilson and S Robinson (2015) Prenatal hypoxia-ischemia induces abnormalities in CA3 microstructure, potassium chloride cotransporter 2 expression and inhibitory tone. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. 9:347. PMC4558523

LL Jantzie, JL Winer, JR Maxwell, LAS Chan and S Robinson (2015) Modeling encephalopathy of prematurity using prenatal hypoxia-ischemia with intra-amniotic lipopolysaccharide in rats. J Visualized Experiments. In Press.

LL Jantzie and S Robinson (2015) Preclinical Models of Encephalopathy of Prematurity. Dev Neurosci. 37(4-5):277-88. PMID: 25722056. PMCID: PMC4514537.

LL Jantzie, CJ Corbett, J Berglass, DJ Firl, Flores J, R Mannix and S Robinson (2014) Complex pattern of interaction between in utero hypoxia-ischemia and intra-amniotic inflammation disrupts brain development and motor function. J Neuroinflammation 11(1):131. PMID: 2508242. PMCID: PMC4128546

LL Jantzie, PM Getsy, DJ Firl, CG Wilson, RH Miller and S Robinson (2014) Erythropoietin attenuates loss of potassium chloride co-transporters following prenatal brain injury. Molecular Cellular Neuroscience 61:152-162. PMID: 24983250. PMCID: PMC4134983.

R Mannix, J Berglass, J Berkner, P Moleus, J Qiu, LL Jantzie, WP Meehan III, RM Stanley, and S Robinson (2014) Sex differences in the effect of progesterone after controlled cortical impact in adolescent mice: A preliminary study. J Neurosurgery 121(6):1337-41. PMID 25280093.

R Mannix, J Berglass, J Berkner, P Moleus, J Qiu, N Andrews, G Gunner, J Berglass, L Jantzie, S Robinson and WP Meehan (2014) Chronic gliosis and behavioral deficits in mice following repetitive mild traumatic brain injury. J Neurosurgery 121(6):1342-50. PMID 25267088

LL Jantzie, CJ Corbett, DJ Firl and S Robinson (2014) Postnatal erythropoietin mitigates impaired cerebral cortical development following subplate loss from prenatal hypoxia-ischemia. Cerebral Cortex (In press). PMID 24722771. PMCID: PMC4537428.

Activities & Honors


  • BCH Postdoctoral Association Award for Exceptional Mentorship
  • University of New Mexico Clinical and Translational Science Center Visiting Professor
  • Best Pediatric Poster, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting
  • Excellence in Mentoring Award, Postdoctoral Association, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Best Pediatric Abstract, American Academy of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professorship, Case Western Reserve University
  • David S. Weiner Award for Outstanding Leadership and Innovation in Child Health
  • Elected to Society of Neurological Surgeons
  • Elected to American Academy of Neurological Surgeons
  • Peer-reviewed Medical Research Program Investigator-Initiated Research Award, U.S. Department of Defense, 2018


  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery (by invitation)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons (by invitation)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Society for Pediatric Research (by invitation)
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons (by invitation)
  • Women in Neurological Surgery
  • American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Videos & Media

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy: Frequently Asked Questions

Spastic Cerebral Palsy Surgical and Rehabilitation Treatment | Journee’s Story

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Maximizing the Benefit of Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, Johns Hopkins News and Publications (September, 2016)

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