Spina Bifida Care Team

The expert members of our Spina Bifida Team are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of neural tube defects and the associated conditions. They are specialists in the following areas:


Cormac Maher, MD, is the Division Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center.

Area of expertise: brain tumors, chiari malformation, craniosynostosis, hydrocephalus, spasticity, congenital malformations of the brain and spine, spina bifida, spine tumors, tethered cord syndrome

Kelly Mahaney, MD, is board certified in neurological surgery and pediatric neurosurgery. 

Area of expertise: neurosurgery

H. Westly Phillips

H. Westly Phillips

Area of expertise: neurosurgery

Laura Prolo, MD, PhD, is a pediatric neurosurgeon who specializes in treating children with craniosynostosis, brain tumors, and congenital disorders.

Area of expertise: neurosurgery

Stephanie Choi, RN, MS, CPNP-BC

Stephanie Choi, RN, MS, CPNP-BC, is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner. 

Area of expertise: neurosurgery


Kristi Thraves, BSN, RN

Kristi Thraves, BSN, RN, is the Spina Bifida Program Coordinator.

Area of expertise: spina bifida

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Christina Buysse, MD 

Christina Buysse, MD, is the Program Co-Chair for the Spina Bifida Clinic.

Area of expertise:  neonatology

Orthopedic Surgery

Jeffrey Young, MD 

Jeffery Young, MD, is board certified in orthopedic surgery.

Area of expertise: orthopedics, hip preservation


Daniel Han, MD

Daniel Han, MD, is a board certified pediatric urology. 

Area of expertise: urology, spina bifida

Kunj Sheth, MD, is a pediatric urologist who specializes in caring for children with simple as well as complex genitourinary disorders.

Area of expertise: urology

Malathy Sivapalasingam, NP

Malathy Sivaapalasingam, NP, is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner.

Area of expertise: urology

Susan Pike, NP

 Susan Pike, NP, is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner.

Area of expertise: urology

Physical Therapy

Eilish Byrne, DPT 

Macey Webb, DPT

Area of expertise: rehabilitation medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation

Sucheeta Merchant, PT, DPT

Sucheeta Merchant, PT, DPT


Social Services

Christine Tran, MSW 

Christine Tran, MSW, is a board certified clinical social worker.

Area of expertise: social work