Dr. Jennifer Strahle is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Pediatrics as well as Director of the Pediatric Neuro Spine Program at Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. In addition to hydrocephalus, her clinical interests are in pediatric vascular disease including moyamoya, pediatric spine tumors, spinal deformity, brain tumors, craniocervical junction disorders, spina bifida, Chiari malformations, neuro-endoscopy, pediatric spine trauma, and syringomyelia. She conducts basic science and clinical research focused on advancing the field of pediatric neurosurgery through a greater understanding of disease processes, such as post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus and advancement of treatment strategies. More specifically, her lab studies the role of blood and blood breakdown products in the pathogenesis of hydrocephalus and brain injury and examines the role of cilia (which line the ventricular surface) in this pathogenesis. Her research takes a multidisciplinary approach, spanning molecular, cellular, genetic, imaging, and behavioral techniques to answer basic science and clinical questions.
Dr. Strahle received her undergraduate degree from Bates College and her medical degree from the University of Minnesota. After completing her residency in neurosurgery at the University of Michigan, where she was chief resident, she completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.