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Texas Medical Center

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


6701 Fannin Street
Mark A. Wallace Tower, Level 9
Houston, TX 77030

Howard L. Weiner, MD

Chief of Neurosurgery

George A. Peterkin Jr. Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery
Professor, Neurosurgery and Vice Chair of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
NYU Langone Medical Center Fellowship Pediatric Neurosurgery 1997
NYU Langone Medical Center Residency Neurosurgery 1996
NYU Langone Medical Center Internship Surgery 1990
Cornell University Medical College Medical School Doctor of Medicine 1989


Texas Children’s 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 and access. 

Howard L. Weiner, MD is Chief of Neurosurgery and the George A. Peterkin Jr. Endowed Chair at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH), where he leads a team of 10 pediatric neurosurgeons, the largest and one of the most active groups of its kind in the nation. He is Professor (with Tenure) and Vice Chair of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas. 

Prior to this, he was Professor of Neurosurgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, where he worked for 27 years. A graduate of the Ramaz School in Manhattan (1981), he received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania (1985) and MD from Cornell University Medical College (1989), graduating from both Penn and Cornell with highest academic standing in his class. At Penn, he completed his senior honors thesis under neuroscientist Eliot Stellar. Dr. Weiner completed neurosurgery residency and pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at NYU and was a research fellow in the labs of Howard Hughes Investigator Ed Ziff, PhD, at NYU, and Nicole Le Douarin, PhD, in Paris. He conducted basic brain tumor research and was awarded an NIH grant. 

Dr. Weiner has a national and international surgical practice in pediatric epilepsy and brain tumor surgery, has served on the editorial board of several leading medical journals, and is a widely sought-after mentor and academic leader. Recognized consistently in “Best Doctors” lists, Dr. Weiner has been invited to speak at numerous national and international meetings and academic medical centers and has been a Visiting Professor both in the US and abroad. 

Patients are drawn from around the world not only to his novel neurosurgical treatment approaches, but also to his warm, caring, down-to-earth, and highly attentive bedside manner. He has worked intensely over the years to impart this holistic philosophy of “hospitality” in pediatric neurological surgery to the many residents, fellows, and students whom he has mentored. His other interests include running, music, and learning. 

Clinical Interests: 

Brain tumor surgery, epilepsy surgery, tuberous sclerosis complex, cortical dysplasia surgery, hemispherotomy, temporal lobectomy, brain mapping, craniosynostosis and craniofacial surgery, chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, awake craniotomy 

Research Interests: 

Tuberous sclerosis complex, brain functional mapping, innovative approaches in epilepsy surgery 


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Neurological Surgery Member
American Association of Neurological Surgeons Member
American Epilepsy Society Member
American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons Member
Congress of Neurological Surgeons Member
Society of Neurological Surgeons Member
Society of University Neurosurgeons Member

Selected Publications

Dang HQ, Khan AB, Gadgil N, Trandafir C, Malbari, Weiner HL: Behavioral improvements following lesion resection for pediatric epilepsy: pediatric psychosurgery? Pediatr Neurosurg. 58:80-88, 2023.

LoPresti MA, Katlowitz KA, Sharma H, McGinnis JP, Weiner HL: Vagus nerve stimulation in children: outcomes and future directions Neurosurgery 92:1043-1051, 2023

Ravindra VM, Karas PJ, Lazaro T, Coorg R, Awad AW, Patino I, McClernon EE, Clarke D, Cairampona Whitehead L, Anderson A, Diaz-Medina G, Houck K, Katyayan A, Masters L, Nath A, Quach M, Riviello J, Seto ES, Sully K, Agurs L, Sen S, Handoko M, LoPresti M, Ali I, Curry DJ, Weiner HL: Epilepsy surgery in young children with tuberous sclerosis complex: a novel multi-modal surgical approach. Neurosurgery 92:398-406, 2023.

Whitehead WE, Weiner HL: Infantile and childhood hydrocephalus. N Engl J Med 387:2067-2073, 2022

Gadgil N, Rao G, Sawaya R, Yoshor D, Ruggieri L, Cormier N, Curry DJ, Whitehead WE, Aldave G, Bauer DF, McClugage S, Weiner HL: Pediatric neurosurgery at Texas Children’s Hospital: the legacy of Dr. William R. Cheek, J Neurosurg Pediatr May 7;1-7, 2021

Roth J, Constantini S, Ekstein M, Weiner HL, Siboni-Uliel S, and the Early Epilepsy Surgery Group: Epilepsy surgery in infants up to 3 months of age: a multicenter, multinational study, Epilepsia Aug;62(8):1897-1906, 2021

Treiber J, Curry D, Weiner HL, Roth J: Epilepsy surgery in tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC): emerging techniques and redefinition of treatment goals. Childs Nervous System 36:2519-25, 2020

Mohan A, Weiner HL, Mohila C, Adesina A, Chintagumpala M, Curry DJ, Jea A, Lee JJ, Lam SK, Whitehead WE Dauser RC, Yoshor D, Aldave G: Epilepsy outcome following resection of low-grade brain tumors in children. J Neurosurg Pediatr 23:726-731, 2019

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Board Certification

American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2001 , American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 2009

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