Institute for Brain Protection Sciences

Meet Our Neurosurgeons

Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Matthew Smyth, MD Neurosurgery

Dr. Smyth is chief of the pediatric neurosurgery division at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. His specialties include pediatric neurosurgery, with sub-specialization in pediatric epilepsy surgery and craniofacial surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques. In addition, Dr. Smyth is a professor of neurosurgery (PAR) in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Before joining the Johns Hopkins All Children’s medical staff, Dr. Smyth was the Appoline Blair Professor of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
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Allan Belzberg, MD Neurosurgery

Dr. Belzberg serves as director of the Peripheral Nerve Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He visits the St. Petersburg campus once a month to see patients in our multidisciplinary Peripheral Nerve Clinic. His specialties include the surgical repair of injured nerves, removal of nerve tumors and decompression of nerve entrapments. Dr. Belzberg also focuses on spinal surgery, including the surgical management of degenerative spine problems, tumors and minimally invasive spinal surgery.
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Mari Groves, MD Neurosurgery

Dr. Groves is a pediatric neurosurgeon at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She sees patients once a month and operates on complex spinal disorders at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Groves earned her medical degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She trained in general surgery and neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Groves completed a clinical and research fellowship in spinal oncology and served as chief resident of neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She also trained as a pediatric neurosurgery fellow at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and a pediatric spine fellowship at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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George Jallo, MD Neurosurgery

George Jallo, M.D., is the vice dean and physician-in-chief at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. He is also medical director of the Johns Hopkins All Children's Institute for Brain Protection Sciences. Additionally, Dr. Jallo is 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. 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.
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Luis Rodriguez, MD Neurosurgery

After General Neurosurgery training at the University of Michigan, Dr. Rodriguez completed a Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship at the University of Utah. He joined our program in 2005. His practice encompasses the entire range of pediatric neurosurgical problems but his main area of interest is the pediatric spine. He is a charter member of the Pediatric Craniocervical Spine Society and is the director of our Pediatric Neurosurgical Spine Program. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Rodriguez is board certified in Neurological Surgery and Pediatric Neurological Surgery.
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