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Texas Children’s Hospital Neurosurgery is a national and international destination for world class, innovative, high quality, and attentive neurologic care for children. We train the future leaders in pediatric neurosurgery, and we investigate neurologic conditions for which we have unique insight... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3950

Clinic Physicians

Clinical & Research Interests: Dr. Curry’s clinical interests include minimally invasive treatment in epilepsy surgery, treatment of pediatric movement disorders and chronic pain.  His research interests include study of the mechanisms of dystonia and non-invasive detection of epilepsy... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3950
Clinical & Research Interests: Dr. Dauser’s clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of moyamoya, hydrocephalus, brain tumors, and craniofacial abnormalities.  His research interests include spinal cord regeneration, optic nerve regeneration, as well as moyamoya. Board... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3950
Treat every patient and family like they are part of your own.” – Dr. Kelley believes it is a privilege to care for children and focuses on developing personalized treatment plans for patients and their families.  With a primary focus on spinal conditions, Dr. Kelley works in collaboration with... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3950
Clinical & Research Interests: Dr. Lam’s clinical interests include pediatric cerebrovascular surgery, epilepsy surgery, and craniofacial surgery. In particular, Dr. Lam applies minimally invasive surgery through endoscopic approaches for epilepsy and craniosynostosis. Quality Improvement is... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3950
Clinical & Research Interests: Dr. Aldave’s clinical interests include maximizing the safe treatment of pediatric brain tumors and how to improve patients’ clinical outcomes and quality of life.  His research interests include the use of oncolytic virus in the treatment of high grade pediatric... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3950
Texas Children’s Hospital Neurosurgery is a national and international destination for world class, innovative, high quality, and attentive neurologic care for children. We train the future leaders in pediatric neurosurgery, and we investigate neurologic conditions for which we have unique insight... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3950
Dr. Whitehead’s primary clinical interests relate to the treatment of hydrocephalus, complex shunt problems, spina bifida and other congenital malformations of the nervous system, brain and spine tumors, vascular malformations, and skull base diseases.   Dr. Whitehead’s research focuses on... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3950

Advanced Practice Providers

Brandy Berger is a pediatric nurse practitioner with the Department of Neurosurgery at Texas Children's Hospital. Her nursing career began at Texas Children's in 2005, holding positions on the general surgery/orthopedics unit, neuro/neurosurgery unit, and pediatric intensive care unit. She... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3950
Natalie has worked at Texas Children’s Hospital since 2009 where she started as a graduate nurse on the Neurology/Neurosurgery Inpatient Unit. She was honored to be the first recipient of the Inaugural Nursing Excellence Award as Nurse Preceptor of the Year in 2013. Natalie enjoyed caring for... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3950
I believe that patients should be treated the way you would want your child or family member to be treated.  Listening can sometimes be the most important medicine we can offer when our patients or families are dealing with a difficult diagnosis. Children have a different way of looking at life.  ... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3950
Lucia Ruggieri is a physician assistant within the Division of Neurosurgery at Texas Children’s Hospital. Lucia received her undergraduate bachelor’s degree at Skidmore College in Integrative Biology and Dance. Lucia went on to receive her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3950

Clinic Nurses

Alison Brayton, RN



Sharon Heddles, RN



Andrea Hodge, RN



Patsy Jones, RN



Practice Administrator

Lorraine Cogan, MSW



Research Analysts

Eric Sanchez



Kristen Staggers



Health Economics Researcher

Iwen Elaine Pan, PhD



Data Manager

Jennifer Hu



Medical Illustrator

Katherine Relyea, MS, CMI



Administrative Coordinators

Georgina Cedillo



Yolanda Maldonado



Joselin Martinez



Sandra Williams