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Phone: 832-822-3950
Fax: 832-825-9333


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

William E. Whitehead, MD, MPH

Director, Clinical Outcomes and Research

Associate Professor, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Toronto Fellowship Neurosurgery 2003
University of Utah Residency Neurosurgery 2002
University of Utah School of Medicine Other Master of Public Health 2000
Georgetown University School of Medicine Internship General Medicine 1997
University of Texas Medical School at Houston Medical School Doctor of Medicine 1996


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 hydrocephalus and fetal myelomeningocele repair.  He has a major grant from PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute) which focuses on the surgical treatment of hydrocephalus.

Board Certifications:

American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2008
American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 2011

News Articles:

Couple enjoying life with baby following milestone, Texas surgery 


Organization Name Role
American Association of Neurological Surgeons Member
Congress of Neurological Surgeons Member
Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium Member

Selected Publications

Kulkarni AV, Riva-Cambrin J, Rozzelle CJ, Naftel RP, Alvey J, Reeder RW, Holubkov R, Browd S, Cochrane D, Limbrick D, Simon T, Tamber M, Wellons JC, Whitehead WE, Kestle J for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network. Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy and Choroid Plexus Cauterization in Infant Hydrocephalus: a Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network Prospective Study. J Neurosurg Pediatr 2017 (accepted).

C Simon TD, Kronman MP, Whitlock KB, Gove N, Browd SR, Holubkov R, Kestle JR, Kulkarni AV, Langley M, Limbrick DD, Luerssen TG, Oakes J, Riva-Cambrin J, Rozzellee C, Shannon C, Tamber M, Wellons JC 3rd, Whitehead WE, Mayer-Hamblett N. Reinfection after treatment of first cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunt infection: a prospective observational cohort study. J Neurosurg Pediatr 2017 (accepted).

Cherian J, Belfort MA, Shamshirsaz AA, Espinoza J, Olutoye OA, Cass DL, Olutoye OO, Whitehead WE. Two-Port Endoscopic Fetal Closure of Myelomeningocele, Videoscopy 2017, DOI: 10.1089/vor.2017.0452.

Belfort MA, Whitehead WE, Bednov A, Shamshirsaz AA. A Low Fidelity Simulator for the Standardized Training of Fetoscopic Myelomeningocele Repair. Obstet Gynecol 2017; (accepted).

Wellons JC, Shannon CN, Holubkov R, Riva-Cambrin J, Kulkarni AV, Whitehead WE, Browd S, Rozzelle C, Simon TD, Tamber MS, Oakes WJ, Drake J, Luerssen TG, Kestle J for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network. Shunting Outcomes in Posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus: results of a HCRN prospective Cohort Study. J Neurosurg Pediatr 2017 Jul; 20(1): 19-29.

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