Institute for Brain Protection Sciences

Meet Our Neurosurgeons

Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Matthew Smyth, MD

Matthew Smyth, MD

Neurosurgery
Dr. Smyth is chief of the pediatric neurosurgery division at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and director of the pediatric neurosurgery fellowship program. 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.
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Neurosurgeons

Syed Hassan Akbari, MD MSCI

Syed Hassan Akbari, MD MSCI

Pediatric Neurosurgery
Dr. Akbari specializes in pediatric neurosurgery and is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also is director of Clinical Research in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery in the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences.
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Allan Belzberg, MD

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

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

George Jallo, MD

Neurosurgery
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.
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Luis Rodriguez, MD MAS

Luis Rodriguez, MD MAS

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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Theodore Spinks, MD

Theodore Spinks, MD

Neurosurgery
Dr. Spinks is a pediatric neurosurgeon and chief of the neurosurgery program at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in collaboration with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He joined the hospital staff in 2021. He most recently was a neurosurgeon with the Brain and Spine Neuroscience Institute in Lutz, Florida. Dr. Spinks has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and lectured nationally.
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