Dr. Samer K. Elbabaa is the Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cardinal Glennon and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and the Pediatric Neurosurgeon for the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute.
Using the most advanced fetal surgery techniques, Dr. Elbabaa follows the philosophy that all children should be treated the way he would want his own children to be treated. “I also remember to never lose hope for an improvement, even when the chances are slim,” he explains.
Since the release of the MOMS (Management of Myelomeningocele) trial results, Dr. Elbabaa has helped Fetal Care Institute families who are facing a spina bifida diagnosis. “I deal with the chronic implications of spina bifida on a daily basis as a pediatric neurosurgeon and I feel we can make a difference and improve the quality of life of patients in the future,” says Dr. Elbabaa.
His respect for the fine details of every patient’s case have led him to become an expert in various neurosurgical conditions and procedures, ranging from complex microsurgical procedures to minimally-invasive endoscopic techniques.
Dr. Elbabaa previously held the positions of Attending Staff Neurosurgeon and Co-Director of the Children’s Brain Tumor Clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He received his medical degree from the University of Jordan and completed his internship in general surgery and residency in neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Elbabaa also completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at The Cleveland Clinic and an advanced certification in microsurgery at University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland.
He serves on the Editorial Board for Contemporary Neurosurgery and co-editor of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery Guide. Dr. Elbabaa’s advanced research has served as a basis for more than 50 presentations around the globe about a variety of neurosurgery techniques and topics.
In addition to working with the team at the Fetal Care Institute, Dr. Elbabaa’s clinical practice focuses on all aspects of general and sub-specialized pediatric neurosurgery. His clinical areas of interest include pediatric brain and spinal tumors, minimally invasive endoscopic treatment of hydrocephalus, pediatric craniofacial surgery, cerebrovascular and skull base surgery, epilepsy surgery, fetal repair of myelomeningocele and cranio-cervical conjunction anomalies.
When he is not helping families at the Fetal Care Institute he enjoys spending time with his wife, son and daughter. He is also an avid reader and traveler, having visited more than 30 countries and 30 US states so far.