Pittsford Man is Rochester's First Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Patients no longer must travel to Buffalo or Syracuse

December 16, 1999

He's only worked at Children's Hospital at Strong for a few months, but Jeffrey Campbell, M.D., has already given hope to countless kids who used to travel out of town to get needed medical treatment.

Campbell, Rochester's first pediatric neurosurgeon, came to Rochester after completing a fellowship at The Children's Hospital in Boston, where he worked with some of the most prominent pediatric neurosurgeons in the country. His services are already in high demand.

"This is a new, growing department, and while the Rochester area never had a pediatric neurosurgeon before, this community has a population that easily supports such a position," he says. "In the past, patients had to go to Buffalo or Syracuse. Now, they have another choice. We provide the full gamut of pediatric neurosurgery care right here in Rochester."

Campbell received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In addition to maintaining an active patient care practice, Campbell has been named to a National Institutes of Health fellowship on experimental therapeutics.

At Children's Hospital at Strong, he treats children with a wide variety of ailments, including positional molding, craniosynostosis, spinal tumors, and spina bifida.

"I've taken out brain tumors, I've helped with some of the epilepsy cases," Campbell says of his work so far. "One boy, who is 7, suffered from Rasmussen's Encephalitis, and had terrible seizures. We took out the left hemisphere of his brain, because his seizures were so debilitating that we felt whatever deficits he would have from the surgery wouldn't be nearly as bad as the deficits he suffered because of the seizures.

Campbell said he feels at home in Rochester because the local pediatric community feels comfortable sending their patients to a neurosurgeon who is trained to care specifically for children. And Campbell flat-out loves the kids.

"They're fun to work with, and I think in some ways you actually do more good in pediatric neurosurgery than in some other fields," he says. "When I operate on a child, I know he or she still has their entire life ahead of them. With an adult, for example, I might be able to remove a tumor and extend their life somewhat. Children have a far greater potential to recover from tumors - even malignant tumors have a high potential to be cured."

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