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Our Pediatric Neurosurgery Team

Our Pediatric Neurosurgery Team Becomes Largest In The Carolinas 
With The Addition Of Sarah Jernigan, MD, MPH

For decades, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates has been committed to making a difference for infants and children in need of brain and spine care. Our pediatric neurosurgery team works closely with Levine Children’s Hospital to deliver advanced treatment of conditions such as vascular malformations, spasticity, brain tumors, spine disorders, hydrocephalus, epilepsy and more.

Very few independent neurosurgery practices in the country have made such an investment in pediatric neurosurgery expertise. The level of subspecialization within our pediatric neurosurgery team is very unique. That’s why patients and their families from across the country and around the world seek out our practice.

“Pediatric patients often have the most complex neurosurgical issues, and our team is equipped to handle them all,” said Scott Wait, MD. “We have neurosurgeons who specialize in minimally invasive techniques for pediatric patients, pediatric blood vessel disorders, pediatric epilepsy and pediatric hydrocephalus. We all work together to deliver the highest level of care for our patients.”

Our pediatric neurosurgeons are leaders in the field. The team includes fellowship-trained pediatric specialists, and the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Carolinas Medical Center.

Sarah Jernigan, MD, MPH, is the latest fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeon to join Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates. With the addition of Dr. Jernigan, the team of pediatric neurosurgeons at our practice is the largest in the Carolinas.

Dr. Jernigan specializes in diagnosing and treating children with brain tumors, hydrocephalus, spasticity, craniosynostosis, spina bifida and vascular disorders such as Moyamoya disease. For patients with congenital conditions like hydrocephalus, spasticity and spina bifida, Dr. Jernigan also provides a continuity of care as these patients age into adulthood.

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Our Comprehensive Pediatric Neurosurgery Services Offered Include:

Arachnoid Cysts
Cyst shunt placement
Endoscopic cyst fenestration

Brain Tumors
Brain tumor evaluation and treatment
Minimally invasive approaches
Laser interstitial therapy
Endoscopic approaches
Complex "nonoperative" tumor treatment

Chiari Malformations
Evaluation and treatment

Evaluation and treatment
Minimally invasive approaches to skull reconstruction

Head or Spinal Trauma
Evaluation and surgical intervention
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Endoscopic treatment of hydrocephalus
Ventricular shunt placement

Spina Bifida
Evaluation and surgical treatment

Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders
Temporal lobectomy
Corpus callosotomy
Treatment of tumors and malformations causing epilepsy
Vagal nerve stimulator for seizure management
Laser interstitial therapy for epileptic lesions
Treatment of hypothalamic hamartomas

Selective dorsal rhizotomy
Intrathecal baclofen pump placement

Spine Disorders
Evaluation and treatment of spinal cord and spinal tumors
Treatment of spinal instability and deformity
Detethering procedure for tethered spinal cord
Complex craniocervical reconstruction

Vascular Malformations Treated
Arteriovenous malformations
Moyamoya disease
Cavernous malformations

Neurocutaneous Diseases Treated
Von Hippel-Lindau disease
Tuberous sclerosis
Sturge-Webber syndrome

This content is for informational and educational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New and current patients can call our offices to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

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June 26, 2022

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