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Chima Obioma Oluigbo, MD

The Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine


Brain Tumor Institute (Neuro-Oncology Program)
Craniofacial Program
Neurofibromatosis Institute

Specialties: Brain Tumors, Spine Tumors, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Craniosynostosis, Chiari Malformations

National Provider Identifier1467607671

Service LocationsChildren's National Medical Center - Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
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Phone: 202-476-5000

Chima Oluigbo, MD, FRCSC, is an attending pediatric neurosurgeon at Children’s National and is an assistant professor of neurological surgery at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Oluigbo came to Children’s from the Ohio State University Medical Center where he had led the epilepsy surgery service. He was also a consulting neurosurgeon at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. He earned his medical degree from the University of Nigeria Medical School, and completed his residency in neurological surgery at University Hospitals Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He subsequently completed fellowships at the University of Colorado (Pediatric Neurosurgery) and Ohio State University (Functional Neurosurgery). He is board certified in Neurosurgery and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and an active member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery. He cares for children with all types of diseases of the nervous system such as epilepsy, brain and spine tumors, hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis, spina bifida, and craniosynostosis. Dr. Oluigbo's clinical focus is on epilepsy surgery and pediatric functional and restorative neurosurgery. His research interests include epilepsy surgery, deep brain stimulation, functional neurological restoration, and the development of innovative neuromodulation therapies for the treatment of chronic neurological disorders including epilepsy, movement disorders, neurobehavioral and cognitive disorders, chronic pain, and spasticity in the pediatric patient.
TypeSchoolLocationDegreeField of StudyYears
Medical School University of Nigeria College of Medicine Enugu, Enugu, NigeriaDoctor of Medicine 1988 -1996
Affiliations and Memberships
TitleInstitutionCommittee / SectionYears
MemberCongress of Neurological Surgeons
MemberAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons
MemberAmerican Medical Association
MemberNorth American Neuromodulation Society
Associate Member Society of British Neurological Surgeons
MemberMedical Defence Union (MDU), United Kingdom
TitleStudy NameInstitutionYears
InvestigatorInvestigational Device Exemption (IDE) Trial of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of severe disability following traumatic brain injuryFood and Drug Administration2013 - 2013
Principal InvestigatorFocal Intrahippocampal delivery of Adenosine for the treatment of intractable human mesial temporal lobe epilepsy Food and Drug Administration2013 - 2013
Journal Article, Oluigbo CO, Wilkinson CC, Stence NV, Fenton LZ, McNatt SA, Handler MH (2012), Comparison of outcomes following decompressive craniectomy in children with accidental and nonaccidental blunt cranial trauma, Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, 9, 2, 125-132.

Journal Article, Oluigbo CO, Makonnen G, Narouze S, Rezai AR (2011), Sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) interventions: Technical aspects and application, Progress in Neurological Surgery, 24, 171-179.

Journal Article, Oluigbo CO, Thaker K, Flint G (2010), The role of lumboperitoneal shunts in the management of syringomyelia, Journal of Neurosurgery (Spine) , 13, 1, 133-138.

Journal Article, Katz JS, Oluigbo CO, Wilkinson CC, McNatt SA, Handler MH (2010), Incidence of cervical spine injury in infants with head trauma, Journal of Neurosurgery (Pediatrics) , 5, 5, 470-473.

Conference Presentation - Poster, Szapiel M, Oluigbo C, McGregor J (2010), Image guided stereotactic percutaneous rhizotomy; technique and results, Poster session presented at the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Biennial Meeting, New York City, NY

Journal Article, Oluigbo C. O, Y. C. Gan, S. Sgouros, S. Chapman, A. Kay, G. Solanki, A. R. Walsh, A. D. Hockley (2008), Pattern, management and outcome of cervical spine injuries associated with head injuries in paediatric patients, Child's Nervous System, 24, 1, 87-92.

Journal Article, Oluigbo CO, Solanki GA (2008), Use of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) to enhance posterior cervical spine fusion at 2 years of age, Pediatric Neurosurgery, 44, 5, 393-396.

Conference Presentation - Poster, Oluigbo CO, Thacker K, Flint G (2007), Lumboperitoneal shunts for syringomyelia: an appraisal, Poster session presented at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA

Journal Article, Oluigbo C. O, Cooke R. S, Flynn P. A, Choudhari K. A. (2006), Primary Malignant Melanoma of the Cerebellopontine Angle : a diagnostic dilemma, Neurosurgery, 59, 6, 1336-1336.

Book Chapter, Oluigbo CO, Szapiel M, Rezai AR, Managing Neurological Disorders Using Neuromodulation, In Oluigbo CO, Szapiel M, Rezai AR, Neural Engineering, New York, Springer.

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