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Dody Robinson, M.D.
Shenandoah Robinson, M.D.
Professor of Neurosurgery
Expertise: 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 ...read more
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A nationally recognized expert in the treatment of epilepsy and spasticity, Dr. Robinson comes to Johns Hopkins from Harvard, where she was associate professor of neurosurgery and neurology. Dr. Robinson was director of functional neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Prior to that, she was professor of neurosurgery and director of the pediatric epilepsy surgery program at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland and served as president of the Ohio State Neurosurgical Society from 2006 to 2008.
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 treats pediatric patients with 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.
- Professor of Neurosurgery
- Professor of Neurology
- Professor of Pediatrics
- 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)
- American Board of Neurological Surgery / Neurological Surgery (2001)
Research & Publications
Selected PublicationsView all on Pubmed
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
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)