Neurosurgery Team

George Jallo, M.D.

George Jallo, M.D., is medical director of the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Institute for Brain Protection Sciences (IBPS) and clinical practice director of Pediatric Neurosurgery and joined the team in September 2015. This new multidisciplinary institute unites clinicians, researchers and educators in a comprehensive program to promote optimal neurodevelopment early in life and provide state-of-the-art care for children with injuries or illness that can affect the brain.

An internationally respected pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Jallo is a professor of neurosurgery, pediatrics and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He joined the  Hopkins faculty in 2003, was named clinical director of pediatric neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2004, and then succeeded Benjamin Carson, M.D., as head of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery in 2013. 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. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 59 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. Dr. Jallo then served as assistant professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine before joining the Hopkins faculty.

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Carolyn Carey, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Carey is associate director of Trauma at JHACH. After a neurosurgical residency at Temple University, Dr. Carey completed her pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Primary Children's Medical Center at the University of Utah in 1990. She practiced at Primary Children's and was associate professor of Neurosurgery until joining ACH in 2001. Dr. Carey has experience in all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery.

She is board certified in both neurological surgery and pediatric neurological surgery. Dr. Carey is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Society of of Pediatric Neurosurgery, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons. She was awarded her MBA in 2000.

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Luis F. Rodriguez, M.D.

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.

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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Gerald F. Tuite, M.D.

Dr. Tuite was the first neurosurgeon certified by the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgeons to practice on Florida's west coast. A graduate of Northwestern University School of Medicine, Dr. Tuite completed his general neurosurgical training at the University of Michigan. He then completed a fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, England, followed by a more specialized pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Baylor University, where he focused on the surgical treatment of children with brain tumors, brachial plexus injuries and craniofacial disorders.

Dr. Tuite is board certified in both neurological surgery and pediatric neurological surgery and is a member of all the major neurosurgical associations, including the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

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Nir Shimony, M.D.

Dr. Shimony is a neurosurgery fellow with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences. Previously, Dr. Shimony completed an international visitor’s program fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

After graduating from Technion Israel Institute of Technology School of Medicine in Haifa, Israel, Dr. Shimony completed his residency in neurosurgery at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies.

 

Advanced Practitioner Providers

Elissa Blanco, ARNP

Carrie Young, ARNP

Stephanie Staples, ARNP

Cristina Rondolino, ARNP

Stephanie Staples, ARNP

Christine Muller, ARNP

Nicole Navarre, ARNP

Neurology Team

S. Parrish Winesett, M.D.

Dr. Winesett's practice is limited to the evaluation of intractable epilepsy for advanced procedures such as epilepsy surgery, vagal nerve stimulators, ketogenic diet, complex medication management and clinical trials. After a residency in pediatric/internal medicine at the University of South Florida, he completed his pediatric neurology fellowship at Vanderbilt University. In addition, he completed a pediatric epilepsy fellowship at the Cleveland Clinical and USF.

Dr. Winesett is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at USF. Dr. Winesett has written multiple academic chapters on pediatric and adult epilepsy.

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Jennifer Mary Avallone, D.O.

Dr. Avallone is a pediatric neurologist with a specialty in epilepsy in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences. She joined the hospital in 2017 after four years at the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey.

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Peter Huszar, M.D.

Pediatric neurologist Peter Huszar, M.D., is leading a Headache Clinic at Johns Hopkins All Children's in addition to caring for children with seizure disorders and a variety of general pediatric neurology issues. He comes to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital from the Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, where he served as an attending pediatric neurologist. His clinical interests include headache and he is a member of the Johns Hopkins All Children's multidisciplinary pediatric stroke program.

Dr. Huszar completed his pediatric neurology fellowship training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Medical University in Szeged, Hungary, he did his pediatric residency training at Hungary's Erszebet Hospital and at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is board certified in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology.

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Himali Jayakody, M.D.

Himali Jayakody, M.D., joined the Neurology Department of All Children’s from the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, where she completed her residency in neurology as well as a residency in pediatrics. She did her internship in the professorial unit of Lady Ridgeway Children's Hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka and in general surgery in the National Hospital of Sri Lanka. Dr. Jayakody also served as Medical Officer in the Special Baby Care Unit at Base Hospital Panadura and Department of Rheumatology of Lady Ridgeway Children's Hospital. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Child Neurology Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics. As a neurology resident, Dr. Jayakody was involved in clinical teaching for general pediatrics and medical students.

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Eric R. Vernier, MD

Eric R. Vernier, M.D.

Dr. Vernier is a graduate of the Universidad Evangelica de El Salvador. Following a transitional residency at the Medical College of Georgia, he completed a residency in pediatrics at Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center. Dr. Vernier completed a fellowship in child neurology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and an additional fellowship at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Vernier is board certified in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology.

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Advanced Practitioner Providers

Debora Hill-Ray, ARNP

Erin Petti, ARNP

Kelly Cuffel, ARNP

 

Mind-Body Branch

Jeffrey L. Alvaro, M.D.

Jeffrey Alvaro, M.D. is a Psychiatry/Psychology in the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He is an affiliate professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the University of South Florida (USF).

A graduate of the USF, Dr. Alvaro completed a residency in general psychiatry followed by a fellowship in child and adolescent psychology at USF. After completing his fellowship in 1999, Dr. Alvaro became a weekend rounds/house officer at Lifestream Behavioral Center. He also worked as a Psychiatry house officer at Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. Dr. Alvaro is currently part of the USF Child Psychiatry Clinical Competency Committee.

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Mark A Cavitt, M.D.

Mark A Cavitt, M.D.

Dr. Cavitt is the Medical Director of Pediatric Psychiatry Services and serves as Chair of the Division of Neurology, Psychiatry, Psychology & Developmental Pediatrics. He is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry as well as general psychiatry. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor for the University of South Florida, College of Medicine.

Dr. Cavitt graduated from the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee University. His recent awards include Best Doctors of Tampa Bay (2007-2010); Top 100 Doctors of Tampa Bay (2007-2008), and the USF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Award of Appreciation for Clinical Faculty 2008.

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Lacy Chavis, Psy.D.

Lacy Chavis, Psy.D. is a pediatric psychologist and director of Psychosocial Services in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She is also the interim training director for psychology internship. Dr. Chavis has been a pediatric psychologist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital since 2014. After graduating with a Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Argosy University, she completed a pediatric internship in clinical psychology at New York Center for Child Development, followed by fellowship training in pediatric psychology from Andrus Children’s Center.
 

Jennifer Margaret Katzenstein, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Dr. Katzenstein is the neuropsychology clinical director at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Previously, Dr. Katzenstein was a private practitioner and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine/Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis where she provided neuropsychological evaluations, consultations and academic coaching for children and adolescents.

After graduating from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, she completed a pediatric internship and fellowship at Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Katzenstein is board certified in pediatric neuropsychology and clinical neuropsychology.

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Aja M. Meyer, Ph.D.

Aja M. Meyer, Ph.D.

Dr. Meyer earned her doctorate degree from the University of South Florida, and completed an internship at the Children's Hospital of Michigan and a post-doctoral fellowship at Akron Children's Hospital. Dr. Meyer has provided psychological services to children and adolescents with a broad range of medical conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease, sickle cell anemia, cancer, and various neurological conditions (e.g., AVM, cerebral palsy, chronic pain, epilepsy, spinal cord injury, stroke, and traumatic brain injury). She provides consultation services on the inpatient units at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and sees outpatients as part of the All Children's Pediatric Psychiatry program.

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Lauren Gardner, Ph.D.

Dr. Gardner is the psychology internship director at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She has provided services for children and families with a wide range of concerns, including noncompliance, autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, depression, anxiety and social skills deficits. Dr. Gardner’s clinical interests include neurodevelopmental disabilities.

She earned her doctorate degree from Indiana University Bloomington and completed an internship in psychology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a fellowship in developmental/behavioral pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Boling Center.

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Eric Alan Storch, Ph.D.

Dr. Storch is the research director of the Mind Body Branch and director of research for Developmental Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of South Florida and an adjunct professor at Griffith University in Australia. After graduating from Teachers College at Columbia University, Dr. Storch completed a pediatric residency and fellowship in clinical psychology at the University of Florida.

Dr. Storch is conducting research at the Rothman Center in the areas of cognitive behavioral treatment for childhood and adult obsessive compulsive disorder and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, along with approaches to treatment augmentation.

Sports Medicine

Patrick Mularoni, MD, FAAP, FACEP

Patrick Mularoni, M.D., FAAP, FACEP

Dr. Mularoni graduated from Michigan State University with an undergraduate degree in Biology from the Lyman Briggs College of Science. He completed Medical school at the American University of the Caribbean where he achieved honors in his third and fourth year clinical rotations at Ascension Health Hospitals in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Mularoni completed his Pediatric Residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. His Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine was completed in Atlanta, Georgia through Emory University.

While at Emory University, Dr. Mularoni completed research on procedural pain reduction in the emergency setting and was awarded the American Academy of Pediatrics Willis Wingert award for best fellow research. He has continued conducting research at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital looking at best practice for procedural sedation in reduction of Pediatric forearm fractures. His current research interests include concussion management and prognosis in patients with mild traumatic brain injuries. He is the chairman of the Medical Emergency Committee. Dr. Mularoni lectures internationally on Pediatric Emergency and Sports related topics and is a regular contributor to Fox television's Good Day show.

Dr. Mularoni is married to Kim Mularoni who is a Pediatrician in St. Petersburg and together they have three children. During free time, Dr. Mularoni competes in Running, Triathlon and stand up paddle boarding races.

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Carlos R. Rodriguez, M.D.

Carlos Rodriguez, M.D.

Dr. Rodriguez received his B.A. in Biology from Harvard University in 1989.  He completed his medical degree at the Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, IL in 1993.  Following medical school Dr. Rodriguez completed a general surgery internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA.  He then joined the United States Navy where he served as General Medical Officer from 1994 to 1997. After completing his active duty commitment he remained in the United States Naval Reserves until 2002, when he was Honorably Discharged.

Dr. Rodriguez completed his Family Medicine Residency Program at The Medical Center of Central Georgia/Mercer University School of Medicine in 2001, where he served as Chief Resident during his final year.  He then proceeded to complete a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Bayfront Medical Center. After finishing the fellowship program Dr. Rodriguez remained in the Tampa Bay area in private practice, he later joined Community Health Centers of Pinellas and served as Director of the Family Medicine Department until joining the Family Medicine Residency Program at Bayfront.

Dr. Rodriguez has served as a team physician and provided medical coverage for many of our local sports events and teams. These activities include the Tampa Bay Rays, Eckerd College and University of South Florida sports, St. Anthony's Triathlon, Seminole High School, Indian Rocks Christian School and the Tampa Bay Storm. 

Dr. Rodriguez is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, and the Association of Ringside Physicians. His interests include management and treatment of concussions, musculoskeletal ultrasound and platelet rich plasma treatments.

Sarah. A. Irani, M.D.

Sarah. A. Irani, M.D.

Sarah Irani, M.D., has joined All Children’s Specialty Physicians and the AllSports Medicine program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

After graduating from Florida State University College of Medicine, Dr. Irani completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Florida followed by a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at All Children’s Hospital and Bayfront Medical Center. During her fellowship, she served as part of the physician team providing coverage for athletic teams at the University of South Florida and Eckerd College as well as youth and NCCA events.

She is board certified in pediatrics and sports medicine. She is involved in a research study through the Johns Hopkins All Children's Institute for Brain Protection Science that follows a group of youth athletes to learn more about the effects of sports-related concussions on a child’s neuropsychiatric, neuropsychological, and cognitive functioning. Her clinical interests include concussions, ACL injuries in soccer players, and overuse injuries in dancers.

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Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

Dennis Hart, M.D.

Dr. Hart is the senior director of rehabilitation services at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and is an assistant professor of pediatrics for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include functional outcomes in pediatric and adolescents with chronic pain and evaluating the relationship between mental health and chronic pain.

After graduating from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, Dr. Hart completed a residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and a fellowship at the University of California Davis Medical Center. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatric rehabilitation medicine.

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James L. Chinarian M.D.

Dr. Chinarian joined Pediatric Rehabilitative Medicine at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in 2015. He previously served as the medical director of the Myelomeningocele Care Center at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. After graduating from Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Chinarian completed a combined residency in pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Wayne State University. He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric rehabilitation medicine.

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Pediatric Developmental Medicine

Joel Shulkin, M.D.

Dr. Shulkin is a pediatrician in Pediatric Developmental Medicine at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Previously, Dr. Shulkin was a developmental pediatrician at Greenville Health System in South Carolina.

Dr. Shulkin gradated from New York University School of Medicine, followed by a post-graduate degree at Harvard School of Public Health. He went on to complete his residency at San Antonio Military Pediatric Consortium and a pediatric fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Shulkin’s clinical interests include assessment and treatment of developmental and learning disorders including autism spectrum disorders, communication disorders and academic learning.

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