Spina Bifida Care Team


Cormac Maher, MD

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

Areas 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

Dr. Mahaney is board certified in neurological surgery and pediatric neurosurgery. 

Areas of expertise:Neurosurgery

H. Westley Phillips, MD

Dr. Phillips is a pediatric neurosurgeon. He is an assistant professor of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center.

Areas of expertise:Pediatric epilepsy surgery, robotic-assisted stereotactic neurosurgery, neuromodulation, laser ablation, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, Chiari malformation, craniosynostosis, hydrocephalus, spasticity, spina bifida, spine trauma, spinal dysraphism, tethered cord syndrome, vascular anomalies

Laura Prolo, MD, PhD

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

Areas of expertise:Neurosurgery

Stephanie Choi, RN, MS, CPNP-PC

Stephanie Choi is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner. 

Areas of expertise:Neurosurgery


Kristi Thraves, BSN, RN

Kristi Thraves is the Spina Bifida Program Coordinator.

Areas of expertise:Spina bifida

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Christina Buysse, MD

Dr. Buysse is the program co-chair for the Spina Bifida Clinic.

Areas of expertise:Neonatology, developmental and behavioral pediatrics

Orthopedic surgery

Jeffrey Young, MD

Dr. Young is board certified in orthopedic surgery.

Areas of expertise:Orthopedics, hip preservation

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Andrew Collins, MD

Dr. Collins is board certified in pediatric rehabilitation medicine, pain medicine, pediatrics, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Areas of expertise:Spinal deformities, neuromuscular disorders, pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation

Rachel Gilkerson, PT, DPT

Areas of expertise:Chronic pain disorders, developmental therapy, neonatal therapy



Daniel Han, MD

Dr. Han is board certified in pediatric urology. 

Areas of expertise:Urology, spina bifida

Kunj Sheth, MD

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

Areas of expertise:Urology

Sarah Harris, CPNP

Areas of expertise:Urology

Malathy Sivapalasingam, NP

Malathy Sivapalasingam is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner.

Areas of expertise:Urology

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