Institute for Brain Protection Services


Our team of specially trained and certified pediatric neurosurgeons provide advanced, specialized care for children of all ages.

Our team understands that children are not just miniature adults. They have their own unique physiology and problems. Pediatric neurosurgery is exclusively practiced by approximately 300 surgeons in the United States. Board certification in pediatric neurosurgery requires additional training and certification above that required for certification in general neurosurgery (adult and pediatric). We partner closely with neurology, neuro-oncology, neuropsychology hematology and radiology.

The Pediatric Neurosurgery Program at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital is one of the largest in the Southeast and provides comprehensive pediatric neurosurgery care for patients throughout Florida, the United States, and the world. Our inpatient Surgical Neuroscience Unit has 28 individual patient rooms. For enhanced continuity of care and follow-up, we see patients in our main facility and also at Johns Hopkins All Children's Outpatient Care locations in East Lake, Fort Myers and Tampa.

We specialize in the surgical treatment of a wide range of problems including:

  • Brain and spinal cord tumors

  • Chiari malformations

  • Congenital abnormalities of the nervous system

  • Craniosynostosis and other craniofacial abnormalities

  • Epilepsy

  • Head & spine trauma

  • Hydrocephalus

  • Infections of the nervous system

  • Peripheral Nerve

  • Spasticity & other movement disorders

  • Spinal Anomalies, including tethered cord and other congenital malformations

  • Spina Bifida

  • Vascular lesions


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Read stories about how our Neurosurgery program is changing lives:

A Boat Anchor Punctures His Skull, Now Caleb is the “Anchorman”

In a freak boating accident, 14-year-old Caleb was struck in the head by an anchor that penetrated his skull. Now Caleb is back to his old self and doing what he loves, fishing and boating.

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Amazing Gracie

When 4-year-old Gracie’s fleeting neck pain made for a difficult diagnosis, her pediatrician referred her to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Under the expert care of surgeons George Jallo, M.D., and Jerry Tuite, M.D., Gracie is now on her journey to recovery.

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Researching the Future of Pediatric Stroke Care

How does a pediatric stroke impact a child in the future? Avner Meoded, M.D., pediatric neuroradiologist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, is in search of answers.

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Seeing Beyond an Infection

After headaches worsened, Matthew visited the experts at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital where they discovered an infection on his brain and quickly went to work.

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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Receives 2018-2019 U.S. News & World Report Honors

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital ranks as the top pediatric hospital on Florida's west coast, according to 2018-2019 Best Children’s Hospital rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

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Bella vs. Brain Tumor

Bella, diagnosed with medulloblastoma, enrolls in a research study and fights back with the help of many teams from the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences.

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Fear, Hope and … A Future for Teagan

An injured child and a worried mom find help at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.

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Developing a Neurosurgery Destination

Physicians who refer patients to the neurosurgery team at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital rest easy knowing that their patients don’t just rely on one review of their case—they get four.

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Neurosurgeon George Jallo Removes Tricky Tumor From Epilepsy Patient

When no one in South Florida was willing to remove Christina’s brain tumor, her mom found Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences and the neurosurgery team led by George Jallo.

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Neurosurgery Across Borders

When no surgeon in Brazil would attempt a difficult spinal cord tumor surgery, the Furtado family turned to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.

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George Jallo brings a world of knowledge to pediatric neurosurgery

George Jallo, M.D, medical director of the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Institute for Brain Protection Sciences and clinical practice director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, gives a spinal cord surgery presentation to the Sixth Annual World Course in Advanced Brain Tumour Surgery in London.

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Helping Children with a Rare Form of Hydrocephaly

Pediatric neurosurgeon Gerald Tuite, M.D., and his colleagues pioneered an approach to extreme macrocephalic hydrocephaly that offers earlier correction, fewer complications and improved appearance

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Neurosurgery Robot Brings Hope by Helping Physicians Locate Source of Seizures

Josh Rosario, age 7, has had epilepsy since early childhood. While his disease has improved under the care of pediatric epileptologist Parrish Winesett, M.D., at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, he still has 50 or more seizures each day. Josh has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a particularly challenging and treatment-resistant form of epilepsy.

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