Our Team

Chief of Service

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…
Phone: 832-822-3950 (Neurosurgery) | 832-822-0959 (Epilepsy Center)

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Clinic Physicians

Dr. Bauer believes in family-centered, compassionate care for his patients. He does his best to educate patients and families on their condition in order to make them part of the care team and decision-making process. Clinical Interests: Dr. Bauer’s clinical interests include the care and…
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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…
Phone: 832-822-3950 (Neurosurgery) | 832-822-0959 (Epilepsy Center)

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Clinical Interests: Dr. McClugage’s clinical interests include the treatment and care of patients with hydrocephalus and complex shunt problems, Chiari malformations, pediatric tumors of the brain and spine, pediatric spinal disorders and congenital spinal anomalies, such as spina bifida and…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2008. Following graduation, she joined Texas Children’s Hospital as a staff nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She gained experience caring for children with many complex medical conditions, as well as experience in ECMO and continuous…
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Emily McClernon is a physician assistant within the Division of Neurosurgery at Texas Children’s Hospital. Emily received her undergraduate bachelor’s degree at Louisiana State University in Biological Sciences. Emily went on to receive her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the…
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Ilana Patino is a Physician Assistant in the Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Texas Children’s Hospital. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Human Biology from The University of Texas at Austin, and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the…
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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…
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Jill Schulten is a Physician Assistant within the Department of Neurosurgery at Texas Children’s Hospital. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Evansville in 2012, followed by her initial Master’s Degree in Education of Human Performance from Wichita State…
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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…
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