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Expert Neurosurgery Care for Children of All Ages at MetroHealth

Caring for children isn’t the same as caring for adults. They need physicians who understand how to care for their developing bodies, and that’s especially true for conditions that involve a child’s developing nervous system. You can trust MetroHealth’s Pediatric Neurosurgery department to care for the most complex medical conditions, from birth up to adulthood.

Schedule an appointment today with a MetroHealth neurosurgeon.  

Call 216-778-8822.

Conditions We Treat

MetroHealth Pediatric neurosurgery patient recoveringMetroHealth neurosurgery staff undergo advanced fellowship training in Pediatric Neurosurgery and are on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine.

They treat the following conditions:

  • Aneurysms
  • Arachnoid cysts
  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVM)
  • Brachial plexus palsy
  • Brain cancer or brain tumors
  • Cavernous angioma or hemangioma
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Congenital malformations of the brain and spine (present at birth)
  • Craniofacial syndromes
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Dermoid Cysts
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Genetic disorders
  • Head injury/brain trauma
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Moyamoya disease
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Neurocutaneous syndromes including neurofibromatosis and tuberous sclerosis
  • Pediatric disc disease
  • Pediatric spinal tumors
  • Pediatric Stroke
  • Peripheral nerve injury
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Spasticity
  • Spina bifida and spinal dysraphism
  • Spinal cord disorders, including tethered spinal cord
  • Spinal deformity including scoliosis
  • Spine tumors
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tethered Cord Syndrome
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Traumatic spinal injuries 
  • Brain Tumors
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Craniosynostosis and Craniofacial Disorders, in conjunction with Plastic Surgery
  • Congenital malformations, such as vascular malformations, skull malformations and defects
  • Epilepsy 
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neurotrauma with MetroHealth’s Level II Pediatric Trauma Center
  • Positional Plagiocephaly
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Spasticity
  • Spina Bifida
  • Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome


Specialty Clinics

MetroHealth offers specialty clinics for craniofacial conditions, hydrocephalus and spina bifida that allows patients and their families to see a variety of specialists and services in one convenient visit.

Craniofacial Clinic

  • Treatment for cleft lip, cleft palate and craniosynostosis
  • Located at MetroHealth Main Campus
  • Children can be evaluated by multiple specialists in one day: dentistry, oral maxillofacial, and plastic surgery

Hydrocephalus and Myelodyplasia Clinic

  • Treatment for hydrocephalus and infants with CSF shunts due to other etiologies
  • Management for children with Spina Bifida and other congenital spinal abnormalities
  • Located at MetroHealth Main Campus
  • Children can be evaluated by multiple specialists: pediatric neurology, neurosurgery, developmental pediatrics, and a consultant on available county services


The Most Advanced Technology

MetroHealth’s Pediatric Neurosurgeons use the most advanced approaches in caring for neurological conditions.  

  • Intra-operative navigation:  MetroHealth’s neurosurgeons utilize intra-operative 3D imaging and navigation to deliver a fast and precise representation of your anatomy during surgery. Having this tool improves outcomes by making complex cases more effective, safe and accurate.
  • Neuroendoscopy: Minimally invasive procedures for a variety of cranial conditions, including complex hydrocephalus and shunt placement.

Let MetroHealth’s Pediatric Neurosurgery experts help guide your child’s care from treatment through recovery. To make an appointment, call 216-778-8822



Robert T. Geertman, MD, Ph.DRobert T. Geertman, MD, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and MetroHealth Medical Center. He completed his neurosurgery training at University Hospitals of Cleveland and underwent additional fellowship training in pediatric neurological surgery at Chicago Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital.

He is trained in Minimally Invasive and Neuroendoscopy, General Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery and Stereotactic Radiosurgery. Dr. Geertman is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. His clinical practice focuses on the care of patients with:

  • Benign and Malignant Brain Tumors 
  • Skull-Base Disorders
  • Pediatric Cerebrovascular disorders including Moya moya
  • Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery including Neuroendoscopy
  • Pediatric Neuro Trauna
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Management of Spasticity


MetroHealth and CWRU School of Medicine Affiliation

MetroHealth and Case Western Reserve University Logos presented next to each otherAs a major teaching hospital in Northern Ohio, MetroHealth has maintained a tradition of excellence in academics and research. Intensive training for physicians and medical professionals is offered in neurological surgical specialties.

MetroHealth's Department of Neurological Surgery provides Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine students with the chance to learn and practice in multiple clinical settings.  The curriculum offered in the Neurological Surgery program is viewed as an extension of the CWRU's academic and research expertise.



Second Opinions

Receiving the diagnosis of a serious neurological condition can be overwhelming and leave you with more questions than answers, especially when a major surgery or procedure is involved.  

If you are interested in receiving a second opinion about your child's diagnosis, The MetroHealth Department of Neurological Surgery offers patients the ability to see our pediatric neurosurgeon and help you determine the correct next step for your child. 

Call 216-778-8822 to schedule your second opinion today.


Our Doctors/Medical Providers

Robert T. Geertman, MD, Ph.D

Robert T. Geertman, MD, Ph.D


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2500 MetroHealth Drive
Cleveland , Ohio 44109

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