Biography

Dr. Stephen Fletcher is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Dr. Fletcher received his doctorate of osteopathic medicine from North Texas State University Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital and Memorial Hermann Hospital, and completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Dallas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Fletcher is board certified in neurosurgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, and has a special interest in brain tumors and vascular disorders in children.

Dr. Fletcher’s research interests include: Chiari Malformation in children, comparative studies of canine and pediatric brain tumors, medical management of trauma-associated brain swelling and attempts at culturing brain tumor cell lines in collaboration with The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Center.

Education

BS
Biochemistry - Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
MS
Biochemistry - Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
DO
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine - University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship
Surgery - Grandview Hospital, Dayton, OH
Residency
Neurosurgery - Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital, Tulsa, OK
Residency
Neurosurgery - Hermann Hospital, Houston, TX
Fellowship
Pediatric Neurosurgery - Dallas Children's Hospital, Dallas, TX

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

Chiari Malformation in children, medical management of trauma-associated brain swelling, spina bifida, fetal surgery.


Research Interests

Chiari Malformation in children, comparative studies of canine and pediatric brain tumors, medical management of trauma-associated brain swelling and attempts at culturing brain tumor cell lines.

Research Information

  • MEDTRONIC Neurologic Technologies, “Pediatric Clinical Study of the Durepair Dura Regeneration Matrix”, STUDY
  • Texas Comparative Neuro-oncology Program Research Project

Publications

Publication Information

  1. Fletcher SA, Henderson LT, Miner ME, Jones JM: The Successful Surgical Removal of Intracranial Nasogastric Tubes.  J Trauma 27(8), 948-52, 1987.
  2. Hall JW, Fletcher SA, Winkler JB: Pediatric Auditory Brainstem Responses in Intensive Care Units. SEMINARS IN HEARING (8):2, 103-114, 1987.
  3. Nieto R, Rosenbaum D, Fletcher S, Ehni B, et al. Treatment of Adult Moya-Moya Disease by Encephalo-Duro-Arterio-Synangiosis: Five Case Reports. J Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease 1:71-5, 1991.
  4. Berry JM, Kowalski A, Fletcher SA.   Sudden Asystole During Craniotomy: Unrecognized Phenytoin Toxicity. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 11(1):42-5, 1999.
  5. Baumgartner JE, Fletcher SA, Meiner ST, Tanaka L, Colasurdo G, Cua B, Strobel N, Sharp L. Use of Controlled Hyperosmolality with Hypertonic Saline Solutions in Traumatic Brain Injury: Case Study of 16 Pediatric Patients. American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, 2005 (Oral presentation). [Abstract ID: 29907]
  6. Baumgartner JE, Baker J, Fletcher SA. Seizure Control Following Temporal Lobectomy in Children: experience at Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas. American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, 2005 (Oral presentation). [Abstract ID: 29857]
  7. Sharp LL, Baumgartner JE, Fletcher SA, Clarke D, Meiner ST. Corpus Callosotomy: A Six Year Experience of Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Intractable Epileptic Seizures. American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, 2005 (Oral presentation). [Abstract ID: 29829]
  8. Fletcher S, Meiner ST, Rinewalt D, and Tucker J. Renal Failure Analysis in Head Injury Patients Undergoing Hypertonic Saline Therapy. UTHSC-Houston 2006 C. Frank Webber Prize for Student Research Competition, Annual Research Forum, October 2006 (Poster presentation).
  9. Ewing-Cobbs L, Prasad MR, Kramer L, Cox CS Jr, Baumgartner J, Fletcher S, Mendez D, Barnes M, Zhang X, Swank P.  Late intellectual and academic outcomes following traumatic brain injury sustained during early childhood.  J Neurosurg: (4 Suppl Pediatrics) 105:287-96, 2006.
  10. Walker PA, Harting MT, Baumgartner JE, Fletcher S, Strobel N, Cox CS Jr.  Modern Approaches to Pediatric Brain Injury Therapy.  J Trauma: 67 (2 Suppl):S120-7, Review, 2009.
  11. Fletcher, SA, Wolff J, Levine J, Gildenberg P, Cooper L, and Slopis J. Curing Brain Tumors in Dogs and Children: The Texas Comparative Neuro-Oncology Program. 14th International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Vienna, Austria, June 20-23, 2010. [Abstract ID: P-DRUG.10]
  12. Wolff JE. Brown R, Rytting M, Vats T, Bingham R, Epps R, Fletcher S, Pfister S, Ketonen L, Slopis, Nagel M, and Thall P. Targeted Personalized Therapy for Pediatric Patients with Refractory Brain Tumors. 14th International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Vienna, Austria, June 20-23, 2010. [Abstract ID: P-DRUG.11]

Additional Information

Referred original articles in Journals

  1. Fletcher SA, Henderson LT, Miner ME, Jones JM: The Successful Surgical Removal of Intracranial Nasogastric Tubes. J Trauma 27(8), 948-52, 1987.
  2. Hall JW, Fletcher SA, Winkler JB: Pediatric Auditory Brainstem Responses in Intensive Care Units. SEMINARS IN HEARING (8):2, 103-114, 1987.
  3. Nieto R, Rosenbaum D, Fletcher S, Ehni B, et al. Treatment of Adult Moya-Moya Disease by Encephalo-Duro-Arterio-Synangiosis: Five Case Reports. J Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease 1:71-5, 1991.
  4. Berry JM, Kowalski A, Fletcher SA. Sudden Asystole During Craniotomy: Unrecognized Phenytoin Toxicity. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 11(1):42-5, 1999.
  5. Ewing-Cobbs L, Prasad MR, Kramer L, Cox CS Jr, Baumgartner J, Fletcher S, Mendez D, Barnes M, Zhang X, Swank P. Late intellectual and academic outcomes following traumatic brain injury sustained during early childhood. J Neurosurg: (4 Suppl Pediatrics) 105:287-96, 2006.
  6. Walker PA, Harting MT, Baumgartner JE, Fletcher S, Strobel N, Cox CS Jr. Modern Approaches to Pediatric Brain Injury Therapy. J Trauma 67 (2 Suppl):S120-7, Review, 2009.
  7. Singh A , Rokes C, Gireud M, Fletcher S, Baumgartner J, Fuller G, Stewart J, Zage P, Gopalakrishnan V. Retinoic acid induces REST degradation and neuronal differentiation by modulating the expression of SCFβ-TRCP in neuroblastoma cells. Cancer & Cancer Cytopathology 117 (22):5189-202, 2011.