A Growing Pediatric Neurosurgery Program

For decades, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates has made a difference for children in need of neurosurgical care, and this commitment remains steadfast. As Dr. Michael Heafner nears retirement at the end of 2014, our pediatric neurosurgery program is well-positioned for the future with the recent addition of Scott Wait, MD, and Mark Van Poppel, MD. These highly trained surgeons join Scott McLanahan, MD, in working closely with Levine Children’s Hospital to deliver advanced neurosurgical treatment options for children.

“We are honored to continue the excellent care both Dr. Heafner and Dr. McLanahan have provided for over two decades,” said Dr. Wait. “Our group is committed to growing a nationally recognized pediatric neurosurgery program providing the most advanced, patient-centered care available anywhere on the planet.”

Our Comprehensive Pediatric
Neurosurgery Services
Arachnoid Cysts
  • Cyst shunt placement
  • Endoscopic cyst fenestrations

Brain Tumors

  • Brain tumor evaluation and treatment
  • Craniotomy for tumor excision
  • Stereotactic procedures for tumor excision

Chiari Malformations

  • Evaluation and treatment


  • Neurocognitive testing using ImPACT
  • Recovery management


  • Assessment for consideration for cranial banding for asymmetrical head shapes
  • Cranial reconstruction

Head or Spinal Trauma

  • Evaluation and surgical intervention


  • Ventricular shunt placement
  • Endoscopic third ventriculostomy for obstructive hydrocephalus

Spina Bifida

  • Evaluation and surgical intervention
Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders
  • Vagal nerve stimulator for seizure management
  • Temporal lobectomy
  • Corpus callostomy
  • Hemispherectomy
  • Treatment of tumors and malformations causing epilepsy


  • Evaluation and assessment
  • Bracing
  • Surgical intervention


  • Selective dorsal rhizotomy
  • Intrathecal Baclofen pump placement and management for spasticity

Spine Disorders

  • Evaluation and treatment of spinal cord and spinal tumors
  • Treatment of spinal instability and deformity
  • Detethering procedure for tethered spinal cord

Vascular Malformations

  • Aneurysms
  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Moyamoya Disease

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