Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences (IBPS)

Neurosurgery Team


George Jallo, M.D.

George Jallo, M.D., is medical director of the Johns Hopkins All Children's 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., MBA

Dr. Carey is associate director of Trauma at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. 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 Johns Hopkins All Children's 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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Mari Louise Asaoka Groves, M.D.

Dr. Groves is a pediatric neurosurgeon at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She sees patients on an outpatient-basis once a month 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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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. He was given the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality & Safety in the 2017 Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Excellence Awards. 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, CPNP

Nicole Navarre, CPNP

Cristina Rondolino, CPNP

Stephanie Staples, CPNP

Carrie Young, CPNP