Mandeep Tamber, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor


Mandeep Tamber

Contact

412-692-8142

Biography

Mandeep S. Tamber, MD, PhD, joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery in the pediatric neurosurgery division at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on August 1, 2009.

Dr. Tamber began his medical studies at the University of Alberta, Canada, where he earned a doctor of medicine degree with distinction and honors in research. After graduating from medical school in June 1999, he completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Toronto, Canada. During residency, Dr. Tamber worked towards obtaining a PhD degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics from McMaster University. He completed a postgraduate fellowship in pediatric neurological surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Tamber is surgical director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In addition to the surgical management of pediatric epilepsy, Dr. Tamber’s practice additionally focuses on general pediatric neurosurgery, including the management of complex hydrocephalus, pediatric neuro-oncology, spinal dysraphism, pediatric neuro-trauma and craniofacial disorders.

[Watch Dr. Tamber talk about epilepsy focus mapping in the pediatric population.]

Specialized Areas of Interest

Epilepsy surgery; craniofacial surgery; endoscopic management of hydrocephalus.

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Hospital Privileges

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
UPMC Presbyterian

Professional Organizations

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
AANS/CNS Joint Guidelines Committee
American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
CNS/AANS Joint Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery
CNS/AANS Joint Section on Tumors
Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 

Education & Training

BSc, Medical Sciences, University of Alberta, 1995
MD, University of Alberta, 1999
PhD, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, 2010
Residency, Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, 2008
Fellowship, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, 2009

Selected Publications

Fernandez L, Gedela S, Tamber MS, Sogawa Y. Vagus Nerve Stimulation in Children Less Than Three Years with Medically Refractory Epilepsy. Epilepsy Res 112:37-42, 2015. 

Lochner P, Nardone R, Brigo F, Tamber MS, Zuccoli G. Letter - The Diagnosis of Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome. Lancet Neurol 14:1074-1075, 2015.

Whitehead WE, Riva-Cambrin J, Wellons JC, Kulkarni AV, Browd S, Limbrick D, Rozelle C, Tamber MS, Simon T, Holubkov R, Oakes WJ, Luerssen TG, Walker ML, Drake JM, Kestle JRW for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network. Factors Associated with Ventricular Catheter Movement and Inaccurate Catheter Location: post-hoc analysis of the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network Ultrasound-Guided Shunt Placement Study. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 14:173-178, 2014.

Kulkarni AV, Riva-Cambrin J, Browd S, Drake JM, Holubkov R, Kestle J, Limbrick D, Rozzelle C, Simon T, Tamber MS, Wellons III JC, Whitehead W, for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network. Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy and Choroid Plexus Cauterization in Infants With Hydrocephalus: a Retrospective Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network Study. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 14:224-229, 2014.

Tamber MS, Klimo P, Mazzola C, Flannery AM. Pediatric Hydrocephalus: Systematic Literature Review and Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. Part 8 - Management of Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Infection. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 14(suppl 1):60-71, 2014.

Flannery AM, Duhaime AC, Tamber MS, Kemp J. Pediatric Hydrocephalus: Systematic Literature Review and Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. Part 3 - Endoscopic, Computer Assisted Navigation and Ultrasound as Technical Adjuvants for Shunt Placement. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics14(suppl 1):24-29, 2014.

Kemp J, Flannery AM, Tamber MS, Duhaime AC. Pediatric Hydrocephalus: Systematic Literature Review and Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. Part 9 - Effect of Ventricular Catheter Entry Point and Position. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 14(suppl 1):72-76, 2014.

Flannery AM, Mazzola CA, Klimo P Jr, Duhaime AC, Baird LC, Tamber MS, Limbrick DD Jr, Nikas DC, Kemp J, Post AF, Auguste KI, Choudhri AF, Mitchell LS, Buffa D. Foreword: Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 14(suppl 1):1-2, 2014.

Simon TD, Butler J, Whitlock KB, Browd SR, Holubkov R, Kestle JR, Kulkarni AV, Langley M, Limbrick DD, Mayer-Hamblett N, Tamber MS, Wellons JC, Whitehead WW, Riva-Cambrin J for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network. Risk Factors for First Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Infection: Findings from a Multi-Center Prospective Cohort Study. Journal of Pediatrics 164:1462-1468.e2, 2014.

Kulkarni AV, Riva-Cambrin J, Butler J, Browd SR, Drake JM, Holubkov R, Kestle JRW, Limbrick DD, Simon TD, Tamber MS, Wellons III JC, Whitehead WE, for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network.  Outcomes of CSF Shunting in Children: Comparison of Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network Cohort Compared to Historical Controls. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 12:334-338, 2013.

A complete list of Dr. Tamber's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Media Appearances

Allegheny County medical examiner disagrees on child's injury cause
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
July 13, 2015

Parents decide on rare surgery for son having several seizures daily
WPXI-TV
September 25, 2013

UPMC On Topic Videos

Epilepsy Focus Mapping in the Pediatric Population
Dr. Tamber discusses the multidisciplinary approach to epilepsy focus mapping that allows for more accurate and effective surgical resection.