Manish N. Shah, MD, FAANS is the William J. Devane Distinguished Professor and Associate Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston). He is the Director of the Texas Comprehensive Spasticity Center and Director of Pediatric Spasticity and Epilepsy Surgery at UTHealth Houston and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. He is the Principal Investigator in an NIH-funded neuroimaging laboratory. He is a co-councilor of the Delta Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha at McGovern Medical School.

He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Princeton University, his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and completed his neurosurgery residency training at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. After residency, he completed fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO under the tutelage of world-renown pediatric neurosurgeon, Professor Tae Sung Park.  During his neurosurgical training, he completed an NIH sponsored research fellowship in Neurological Surgery, Radiology and Functional Neuroimaging under Professor Marcus Raichle. He also had additional training as a Specialist Registrar in Neurological Surgery at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, Ireland under Professor Ciaran Bolger, an expert in spine surgery.


Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
General Surgery - Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Neurological Surgery - Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Pediatric Neurosurgery - St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

Pediatric epilepsy surgery, selective dorsal rhizotomy for spasticity, pediatric cranial and spinal trauma, pediatric cranial and spinal tumors, endoscopic and open treatment of craniofacial disorders, endoscopic and open treatment of hydrocephalus, pediatric cranial and spinal vascular malformations, pediatric craniocervical spinal abnormalities


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Venkataraman SS, Herbert JP, Ravindra VM, Yu BN, Bollo RJ, Cox CS Jr, Gannon SR, Limbrick DD, Naftel RP, Ugalde IT, Yorkgitis BK, Weiner HL, Shah MN. Multi-Center Validation of the McGovern Pediatric Blunt Cerebrovascular Injury Screening Score. J Neurotrauma. 2023 Jan 20;. doi: 10.1089/neu.2022.0336. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 36517974.

Nguyen RD, Smyth MD, Zhu L, Pao LP, Swisher SK, Kennady EH, Mitra A, Patel RP, Lankford JE, Von Allmen G, Watkins MW, Funke ME, Shah MN. A comparison of machine learning classifiers for pediatric epilepsy using resting-state functional MRI latency data. Biomed Rep. 2021 Sep;15(3):77. doi: 10.3892/br.2021.1453. Epub 2021 Jul 23. PubMed PMID: 34405049; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8330002.

Nguyen RD, Kennady EH, Smyth MD, Zhu L, Pao LP, Swisher SK, Rosas A, Mitra A, Patel RP, Lankford J, Von Allmen G, Watkins MW, Funke ME, Shah MN. Convolutional Neural Networks for Pediatric Refractory Epilepsy Classification Using Resting-State Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. World Neurosurg. 2021 May;149:e1112-e1122. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2020.12.131. Epub 2021 Jan 6. PubMed PMID: 33418117.

Zhu B, Sevick-Muraca EM, Nguyen RD, Shah MN. Cap-Based Transcranial Optical Tomography in an Awake Infant. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2020 Nov;39(11):3300-3308. doi: 10.1109/TMI.2020.2990823. Epub 2020 Oct 28. PubMed PMID: 32356740.

Pao LP, Zhu L, Tariq S, Hill CA, Yu B, Kendrick M, Jungman M, Miesner EL, Mundluru SN, Hall SL, Bosques G, Thakur N, Shah MN. Reducing opioid usage: a pilot study comparing postoperative selective dorsal rhizotomy protocols. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2019 Nov 22;:1-6. doi: 10.3171/2019.9.PEDS19398. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31756707.

Pizoli CE*, Shah MN*, Snyder AZ, Shimony JS, Limbrick DD, Raichle ME, Schlaggar BL, Smyth MD. Resting-state activity in development and maintenance of normal brain function. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Jul 12;108(28):11638-43. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1109144108. Epub 2011 Jun 27. PubMed PMID: 21709227; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3136307. *=Equal Contribution

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