EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Brigham Young University , 1999 , Provo , Utah

Medical School

  • Columbia University , 2004 , New York , NY

Internship

  • University of California San Diego Medical Center , 2005 , San Diego , CA

Residency

  • University of California San Diego Medical Center , 2011 , San Diego , CA

Fellowship

Skull Based Neurosurgery
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center , 2010 , Shreveport , LA

Fellowship

Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2012 , Boston , MA

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. Lissa Baird is the Director of Neurosurgical Oncology in the Department of Neurosurgery. She specializes in the care of children with neurological disorders of the brain and spine, with specific expertise in brain and spinal cord tumors, cerebrovascular malformations, and skull base neurosurgery. Dr. Baird has expertise utilizing neuro-endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques to treat brain tumors, hydrocephalus, and cerebral cysts. She also cares for children with complex spine disorders. She was previously Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Director of Pediatric Surgical Neuro-Oncology at Oregon Health & Science University/Doernbecher Children's Hospital before returning to Boston to join the Department of Neurosurgery and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Baird received her medical degree from Columbia University, followed by residency and chief residency at UC San Diego Medical Center. She completed fellowship training in skull base and cerebrovascular neurosurgery at LSU Health Science Center and pediatric neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Baird is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. Her scientific research has focused on neuro-oncology and clinical outcomes of children with brain tumors. She is an author for several national clinical guidelines for the practice of pediatric neurosurgery, is actively involved in national scientific and leadership committees, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Extradural decompression versus duraplasty in Chiari malformation type I with syrinx: outcomes on scoliosis from the Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Research Consortium. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2021 Jun 18; 1-9. View abstract
  2. In Reply: Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guidelines on the Treatment of Pediatric Hydrocephalus: Update of the 2014 Guidelines. Neurosurgery. 2021 Jun 15; 89(1):E76-E77. View abstract
  3. Management strategies for recurrent pediatric craniopharyngioma: new recommendations. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2021 Mar 05; 1-8. View abstract
  4. Occipital-Cervical Fusion and Ventral Decompression in the Surgical Management of Chiari-1 Malformation and Syringomyelia: Analysis of Data From the Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Research Consortium. Neurosurgery. 2021 01 13; 88(2):332-341. View abstract
  5. Postoperative MR imaging surveillance of pediatric craniopharyngioma: new institutional guidelines. Childs Nerv Syst. 2021 03; 37(3):853-861. View abstract
  6. Infant High-Grade Gliomas Comprise Multiple Subgroups Characterized by Novel Targetable Gene Fusions and Favorable Outcomes. Cancer Discov. 2020 07; 10(7):942-963. View abstract
  7. Measure Twice: Promise of Liquid Biopsy in Pediatric High-Grade Gliomas. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2020 Mar-Apr; 5(2):152-162. View abstract
  8. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guidelines for Pediatric Myelomeningocele: Executive Summary. Neurosurgery. 2019 09 01; 85(3):299-301. View abstract
  9. Radiological and clinical predictors of scoliosis in patients with Chiari malformation type I and spinal cord syrinx from the Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Research Consortium. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2019 Aug 16; 1-8. View abstract
  10. Prospective feasibility and safety assessment of surgical biopsy for patients with newly diagnosed diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Neuro Oncol. 2018 10 09; 20(11):1547-1555. View abstract
  11. Complications following pediatric cranioplasty after decompressive craniectomy: a multicenter retrospective study. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2018 09; 22(3):225-232. View abstract
  12. Incidence of symptomatic tethered spinal cord in pediatric patients presenting with neurofibromatosis types 1 and 2. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2018 05; 21(5):456-459. View abstract
  13. Guidelines: Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline for the Diagnosis of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: The Role of Imaging. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E625-E626. View abstract
  14. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline on the Management of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: The Role of Repositioning. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E627-E629. View abstract
  15. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline for the Diagnosis of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: The Role of Imaging. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E625-E626. View abstract
  16. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: The Role of Physical Therapy. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E630-E631. View abstract
  17. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Management of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: Executive Summary. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):623-624. View abstract
  18. Guidelines: Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: The Role of Physical Therapy. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E630-E631. View abstract
  19. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline on the Role of Cranial Molding Orthosis (Helmet) Therapy for Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E632-E633. View abstract
  20. Guidelines: Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline on the Management of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: The Role of Repositioning. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E627-E629. View abstract
  21. Guidelines: Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline on the Role of Cranial Molding Orthosis (Helmet) Therapy for Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov; 79(5):E632-E633. View abstract
  22. First Treatment in Infants With Hydrocephalus: The Case for Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy/Choroid Plexus Cauterization. Neurosurgery. 2016 08; 63 Suppl 1:78-82. View abstract
  23. Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines. Part 5: Effect of valve type on cerebrospinal fluid shunt efficacy. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Nov; 14 Suppl 1:35-43. View abstract
  24. Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines. Part 4: Cerebrospinal fluid shunt or endoscopic third ventriculostomy for the treatment of hydrocephalus in children. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Nov; 14 Suppl 1:30-4. View abstract
  25. Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines. Part 6: Preoperative antibiotics for shunt surgery in children with hydrocephalus: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Nov; 14 Suppl 1:44-52. View abstract
  26. Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines. Part 7: Antibiotic-impregnated shunt systems versus conventional shunts in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Nov; 14 Suppl 1:53-9. View abstract
  27. Foreword: Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Nov; 14 Suppl 1:1-2. View abstract
  28. Moyamoya syndrome associated with Alagille syndrome: outcome after surgical revascularization. J Pediatr. 2015 Feb; 166(2):470-3. View abstract
  29. Spontaneous regression of an epidermoid cyst of the cavernous sinus. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Aug; 21(8):1433-5. View abstract
  30. Results of a North American survey of rapid-sequence MRI utilization to evaluate cerebral ventricles in children. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Jun; 13(6):636-40. View abstract
  31. Third-ventricular neurocysticercosis: hydraulic maneuvers facilitating endoscopic resection. Childs Nerv Syst. 2014 Mar; 30(3):541-6. View abstract
  32. A single spinal lesion arising from an intradural meningioma contiguous with an extradural lymphoma. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 Sep; 17(3):263-7. View abstract
  33. Discovery of asymptomatic moyamoya arteriopathy in pediatric syndromic populations: radiographic and clinical progression. Neurosurg Focus. 2011 Dec; 31(6):E6. View abstract
  34. Craniofacial reconstruction as a treatment for elevated intracranial pressure. Childs Nerv Syst. 2012 Mar; 28(3):411-8. View abstract
  35. Concussions in soccer: a current understanding. World Neurosurg. 2012 Nov; 78(5):535-44. View abstract
  36. Mortality resulting from head injury in professional boxing. Neurosurgery. 2010 Nov; 67(5):1444-50; discussion 1450. View abstract
  37. Mortality resulting from head injury in professional boxing: case report. Neurosurgery. 2010 08; 67(2):E519-20. View abstract
  38. Vagus nerve stimulation therapy in patients with autism spectrum disorder and intractable epilepsy: results from the vagus nerve stimulation therapy patient outcome registry. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2010 Jun; 5(6):595-602. View abstract
  39. The tumor microenvironment. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2010; 671:67-73. View abstract
  40. Minimally disruptive decompression and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. Spine J. 2006 Jan-Feb; 6(1):27-33. View abstract