Stephanie Greene, MD

Associate Professor
Director, Vascular Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Director, Perinatal Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Stephanie Greene




Stephanie Greene, MD, joined the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery in the pediatric neurosurgery division at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2009.

Dr. Greene graduated from Dartmouth College in 1993 with a degree in biology and psychology, and a concentration in neuroscience. She earned her medical degree from Albany Medical College, and completed her neurosurgical residency at Harvard University in the Brigham & Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Boston program.

Her fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery was completed through the University of Washington program at Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2005. She is board certified in both adult and pediatric neurosurgery. She was the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, affiliated with Brown University, prior to accepting her position at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She is the director of vascular neurosurgery and perinatal neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Vascular malformations; MoyaMoya syndrome; Chiari malformation; spinal dysraphism; peripheral nerve disorders; brain tumors; fetal surgery.

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery
American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Hospital Privileges

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

Professional Organization Membership

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery
AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Pediatric Craniocervical Society
Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society
Sigma Xi
Women in Neurosurgery
World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies

Education & Training

AB, Biology/Psychology, Dartmouth College, 1993
MD, Albany Medical College, 1998
Residency, Neurological Surgery, Penn State University, 2000
Residency, Neurological Surgery, Harvard University, 2004
Fellowship, Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 2005

Honors & Awards

Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 2018
Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2018
Castle Connolly Exceptional Women in Medicine, 2017-present 
American’s Most Honored Professionals (American Registry), 2017-present 
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2017-present 
Castle Connolly Metro Area Top Doctor, 2016-present
Castle Connolly Top Doctor, 2016-present 
Top Ten Doctor – Metro Area, City, and State (, 2013-present
Patients’ Choice 5-Year Honoree, 2013-present
America’s Most Compassionate Doctors, 2011-present
America’s Top Surgeons, 2007, 2011, 2012
Patients’ Choice Award, 2008- present

Selected Publications

Kellogg R, Lee PS, Deibert CP, Tempel ZN, Zwagerman NT, Bonfield CM, Johnson SM, Greene S. Twenty years’ experience in myelomeningocele management at a single institution: lessons learned. J Neurosurg Peds [Epub ahead of print], 2018 

Tonetti DA, Richter B, Andrews E, Xu C, Emery SP, Greene S. Clinical outcomes of isolated aqueductal stenosis. World Neurosurg 114:e976-e981, 2018.

McDowell MM, Blatt J, Deibert C, Zwagerman NT, Tempel ZJ, Greene S. Predictors of mortality in children with myelomeningocele and symptomatic Chiari II malformation. J Neurosurg Peds 21(6):587-596 2018.

McDowell MM, Lee PS, Foster K, Greene S. The utility of early external ventricular drainage in myelomeningocele closure. Pediatric Neurosurg 53(2):100-107, 2018.

Rocque B, Agee B, Thompson E, Piedra M, Baird L, Selden N, Greene S, Deibert C, Hankinson T, Lew S, Iskandar B, Bragg T, Frim D, Grant G, Gupta N, Auguste K, Nikas D, Vassilyadi M, Muh C, Wetjen N, Lam S. Complications following pediatric cranioplasty after decompressive craniectomy: a multicenter retrospective study. J Neurosurg Peds [Epub ahead of print], 2018.

Greene S, Lee PS, Deibert CP, Tempel ZJ, Florio K, Zwagerman NT, Bonfield CM, Emery S. The effect of mode of delivery on infant neurologic outcomes in myelomeningocele. Am J Ob Gyn 215(4):495e1-11, 2016.

Greene S, Bansal L, Coffman K, Nardone R, Zuccoli G. Pial synangiosis ameliorates movement disorder symptoms in the absence of prior stroke in moyamoya diseaseJ Child Neurol 31(5):646-51, 2016.

Zwagerman NT, Foster KA, Jakacki R, Khan FH, Yock TI, Greene S. The development of moyamoya syndrome after proton beam therapyPediatr Blood and Cancer 61:1490-92, 2014.

Bonfield C, Lam S, Lin Y, Greene S. The impact of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder on recovery from closed head injuryJ Neurosurg Peds 12(2):97-102, 2013.

Greene S, Nair N, Ojemann JG, Ellenbogen RG, Avellino AT. Meningiomas in childhood. Pediatric Neurosurgery 44(1):9-13, 2008.

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

Research Activities

Dr. Greene’s Moyamoya studies include one identifying a noninvasive, radiation-free method of quantifying vascular reserve and a patient’s risk of stroke, both pre- and post-operatively. Another study seeks to standardize the anesthetic management of these patients to minimize their perioperative stroke risk. A third is investigating the relationship between the length of arterial indirect bypass and the degree of resultant neovascularization.

The outcomes of a large series of arteriovenous malformations treated at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh with a combination of Gamma Knife radiosurgery, endovascular embolization, and open surgery are being studied. The outcomes of myelomeningocele patients with regard to shunt infection, shunt malfunction, and tethered cord syndrome are being described in separate publications. A study analyzing the outcomes of breech presentation in myelomeningocele is in progress.

Media Appearances

Mt. Pleasant girl overcomes effects of brain surgery
March 5, 2014
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

ADHD May Be Tied to Longer-Lasting Head Injury
June 25, 2013
U.S. News & World Report Health Day

UPMC Videos & Patient Stories

Surgical Treatment of Moyamoya in the Pediatric Population
Dr. Greene explains how surgical intervention is the only viable treatment to effectively halt neurological decline associated with moyamoya.

Brain Care Institute Patient Story: Nathan’s Story
See how one family found help for moyamoya through the expertise of Dr. Greene of the Brain Care Institute.