December 2013

Surgeon and Brain Tumor Researcher Named Chief of Neurosurgery

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Phillip B. “Jay” Storm, MD, has been appointed to the leadership position of chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Storm’s surgical practice is primarily focused on brain tumors and complex spine tumors. He has pioneered several innovative procedures and is recognized as a leader in endoscopic skull base surgery and complex reconstructive spine surgery.

On the research front, he has spearheaded an innovative collaboration with the Division of Oncology and the CHOP Research Institute in which tissue from every brain and spine tumor treated at CHOP is collected for gene sequencing.

Based on an understanding of the genetic abnormalities present in individual tumors, the goal of the Childhood Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium is to develop more precisely targeted postoperative chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This important work could ultimately change the standard of care in the treatment of pediatric brain and spine tumors.

Dr. Storm has more than 100 publications, and his laboratory has received more than $5 million in NIH grants, foundation grants and philanthropic support. His work has been published in top peer reviewed journals, including Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Storm joined Children’s Hospital in 2003 as a pediatric neurosurgery fellow. Since 2004, he has served as an attending surgeon, and is an associate professor of Neurosurgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He will take on his new role as chief of Neurosurgery on Jan. 1.

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