Giving a child the ability to reach his or her full potential is something that motivates my work every day.

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Meet Dr. Scellig Stone

EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Queen’s University , 1999 , Kingston , Canada

Medical School

  • University of Toronto , 2003 , Toronto , Canada

Residency

Neurosurgery
  • University of Toronto , 2013 , Toronto , Canada

Fellowship

Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Boston Children’s Hospital , 2014 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

My approach to care reflects the satisfaction I get from helping a child suffering from neurologic illness. I find working with kids inspiring. They are usually much braver patients than adults and their potential for recovery is often great. Giving a child the ability to reach his or her full potential is something that motivates my work every day.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

My practice is focused mainly on functional disorders in children, including treatments for movement disorders, spasticity, and epilepsy, with a focus on advance minimally invasive techniques such as MRI-guided laser ablation, deep brain stimulation, stereoelectroencephalography, selective dorsal rhizotomy, and neuroendoscopy.
 
I hold both a medical degree and a PhD in neuroscience from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, training that gives me a unique perspective on the treatment of neurosurgical patients. I completed the prestigious Shillito neurosurgical fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital in 2014, and am the founding surgical director of our department's movement disorders and deep brain stimulation program.
 
As an example, one of my clinical work focuses is on advanced neurosurgical treatments for dystonia, a movement disorder in which faulty brain signals cause involuntary muscle contractions in children. I specialize in deep brain stimulation, a surgical procedure in which I implant electrodes on different targets in the brain to deliver electrical stimulation to those areas via a simultaneously-implanted pacemaker-like device called a neurostimulator. Deep brain stimulation is currently indicated for primary dystonia, and holds enormous future potential for other conditions.
 
I also run a general neurosurgical practice, encompassing areas such as brain tumors, neuroendoscopy and epilepsy surgeries. I am a passionate advocate for dystonia awareness and the potential application of deep brain stimulation for patients, and have been an invited speaker locally and internationally on the topic.
 
As a surgeon-scientist, I am interested in encouraging functional regeneration and repair of the brain using targeting therapies such as deep brain stimulation.  Through understanding mechanisms of adult neurogenesis and neurostimulation, I am hopeful that we will be able to harness intrinsic brain mechanisms to repair and restore damaged and diseased brain.

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Intrathecal catheter and port placement for nusinersen infusion in children with spinal muscular atrophy and spinal fusion. Pediatr Radiol. 2021 Jul 12. View abstract
  2. 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
  3. Epidural analgesia for reduction of postoperative systemic opioid use following selective dorsal rhizotomy in children. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2021 Mar 12; 1-6. View abstract
  4. Dural augmentation approaches and complication rates after posterior fossa decompression for Chiari I malformation and syringomyelia: a Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Research Consortium study. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2021 Feb 12; 1-10. View abstract
  5. 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
  6. Anesthetic management and outcomes for MRI-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) for seizure focus in pediatrics: A single-centre experience with 10 consecutive patients. Paediatr Anaesth. 2021 02; 31(2):234-236. View abstract
  7. Epidural catheter placement in children with baclofen pumps. Paediatr Anaesth. 2021 02; 31(2):178-185. View abstract
  8. Magnetic resonance imaging-guided laser-induced thermal therapy for functional hemispherotomy in a child with refractory epilepsy and multiple medical comorbidities. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2020 Oct 23; 1-6. View abstract
  9. Endoscope-assisted microsurgical resection of intrinsic brainstem epidermoid: technical note and review of the literature. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2020 Oct 02; 1-7. View abstract
  10. Drug-Responsive Inhomogeneous Cortical Modulation by Direct Current Stimulation. Ann Neurol. 2020 09; 88(3):489-502. View abstract
  11. A Standardized Electrode Nomenclature for Stereoelectroencephalography Applications. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2020 Jul 23. View abstract
  12. Complex Management of Hydrocephalus Secondary To Choroid Plexus Hyperplasia. World Neurosurg. 2020 09; 141:101-109. View abstract
  13. Pilot Study of Neurodevelopmental Impact of Early Epilepsy Surgery in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Pediatr Neurol. 2020 08; 109:39-46. View abstract
  14. Factors associated with syrinx size in pediatric patients treated for Chiari malformation type I and syringomyelia: a study from the Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Research Consortium. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2020 Mar 06; 1-11. View abstract
  15. Lesion-Constrained Electrical Source Imaging: A Novel Approach in Epilepsy Surgery for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2020 Jan; 37(1):79-86. View abstract
  16. The Palliative Use of Intrathecal Baclofen in Niemann-Pick Disease Type C. Pediatrics. 2019 11; 144(5). View abstract
  17. Long-term outcomes of lumbar microdiscectomy in the pediatric population: a large single-institution case series. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2019 Aug 30; 1-9. View abstract
  18. 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
  19. Noninvasive Thermal Evaluation of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Patency and Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow Using a Flow Enhancing Device. Neurosurgery. 2019 08 01; 85(2):240-249. View abstract
  20. VAC14 Gene-Related Parkinsonism-Dystonia With Response to Deep Brain Stimulation. Mov Disord Clin Pract. 2019 Jul; 6(6):494-497. View abstract
  21. Disrupted N-linked glycosylation as a disease mechanism in deficiency of ADA2. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018 10; 142(4):1363-1365.e8. View abstract
  22. Deep brain stimulation for monogenic dystonia. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2017 Dec; 29(6):691-696. View abstract
  23. Localization of stereo-electroencephalography signals using a finite difference complete electrode model. Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2017 Jul; 2017:3600-3603. View abstract
  24. Entorhinal Cortical Deep Brain Stimulation Rescues Memory Deficits in Both Young and Old Mice Genetically Engineered to Model Alzheimer's Disease. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2017 Dec; 42(13):2493-2503. View abstract
  25. Comparative effectiveness of flexible versus rigid neuroendoscopy for endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus cauterization: a propensity score-matched cohort and survival analysis. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2017 May; 19(5):585-591. View abstract
  26. High frequency stimulation of the infralimbic cortex induces morphological changes in rat hippocampal neurons. Brain Stimul. 2017 Mar - Apr; 10(2):315-323. View abstract
  27. Episodic ventriculomegaly due to hypernatremia mimicking shunt malfunction: case report. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Oct; 16(4):406-9. View abstract
  28. Reopening of an obstructed third ventriculostomy: long-term success and factors affecting outcome in 215 infants. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Apr; 15(4):399-405. View abstract
  29. The neurosurgical treatment of Alzheimer's disease: a review. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2014; 92(5):269-81. View abstract
  30. Combined endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus cauterization as primary treatment for infant hydrocephalus: a prospective North American series. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Nov; 14(5):439-46. View abstract
  31. Occipital pial synangiosis. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2014 Jul; 156(7):1297-300. View abstract
  32. Cranial sutures: a multidisciplinary review. Childs Nerv Syst. 2013 Jun; 29(6):893-905. View abstract
  33. Phosphorylation prevents polyglucosan transport in Lafora disease. Neurology. 2012 Jul 03; 79(1):100-2. View abstract
  34. Stimulation of entorhinal cortex promotes adult neurogenesis and facilitates spatial memory. J Neurosci. 2011 Sep 21; 31(38):13469-84. View abstract
  35. Memory rescue and enhanced neurogenesis following electrical stimulation of the anterior thalamus in rats treated with corticosterone. Exp Neurol. 2011 Nov; 232(1):100-4. View abstract
  36. Impact of early adverse experience on complexity of adult-generated neurons. Transl Psychiatry. 2011 Aug 30; 1:e35. View abstract
  37. The subcallosal cingulate gyrus in the context of major depression. Biol Psychiatry. 2011 Feb 15; 69(4):301-8. View abstract
  38. Functional convergence of developmentally and adult-generated granule cells in dentate gyrus circuits supporting hippocampus-dependent memory. Hippocampus. 2011 Dec; 21(12):1348-62. View abstract
  39. Anterior thalamus deep brain stimulation at high current impairs memory in rats. Exp Neurol. 2010 Sep; 225(1):154-62. View abstract
  40. Utility of neuronavigation and neuromonitoring in epilepsy surgery. Neurosurg Focus. 2008 Sep; 25(3):E17. View abstract
  41. Prospective error recording in surgery: an analysis of 1108 elective neurosurgical cases. Neurosurgery. 2007 Jun; 60(6):1075-80; discussion 1080-2. View abstract
  42. The pedunculopontine nucleus and movement disorders: anatomy and the role for deep brain stimulation. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2007; 13 Suppl 3:S276-80. View abstract