Robert Keating, MD Chief, Neurosurgery

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  • American Board of Neurological Surgery
Bio

Biography

Robert Keating, MD, is the chief of Neurosurgery at Children’s National Health System. A world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Keating is called upon by peers around the country and world to consult on best practices. He recently served on the pediatric neurosurgery peer advisory committee to US News & World Report regarding its "Best Hospitals" ranking. He is the author of two of the leading texts in the field: "Tumors of the Pediatric Centeral Nervous System" and "An Atlas of Orbitocranial Surgery," as well as the author of numerous research papers and abstracts.

Dr. Keating’s areas of expertise include brain tumors, traumatic brain injuries, craniofacial anomalies, chiari malformations, and spinal dysraphism, including spina bifida and tethered cord. Dr. Keating leads one of the largest pediatric neurosurgery teams in the region and is a professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at the George Washington University, School of Medicine. Recently, Dr. Keating served as the lead surgeon for the 19-hour successful separation of Mateo and McHale, who were born conjoined at the lower back and spine.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Neurosurgery, 1990
    Montefiore Medical Center
  • Fellowship Program, Craniofacial Surgery, 1990
    Montefiore Medical Center
  • Residency Program, Neurosurgery, 1989
    Montefiore Medical Center
  • Residency Program, Neurosurgery, 1988
    Montefiore Medical Center
  • Internship Program, General Surgery, 1984
    Montefiore Hosp & Med. Ctr.
  • MD, 1983
    Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • BA, Chemistry/ Honors Biochemistry, 1979
    University of Vermont
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Robert Keating

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MaryEmma's Story

"If one can have a sense of calm while being in a hospital, we consider that a really good hospital. We found that to be true at Children's National. Everyone we came in contact with helped us with a comforting smile and great attitude."

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Mark's Story

"Life with Mark has been a journey of faith. Not only has he enriched our lives, but he has brought into our lives wonderful people who have helped us on our journey. And we also are enriched as we are able to help others."

Kalicia's Story

"We chose Children's National because of their excellent neurosurgical staff and their specialization in newborn and children's conditions."

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Erieon's Story

"On her seventh birthday, a few of the nurses got together to sing to my daughter for her birthday. It brought tears to my eyes because they had became my support system, my family, and my friends."

Jackson's Story

"I have become a total advocate for my child, fighting this fight right alongside of him."

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Austin's Story

"People always tell me 'You're so strong, I don't know how you got through it.' I like to say that you never know how strong you are or what you are capable of until you have no choice but to be strong." 

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Omari's Story

"Hydrocephalus does not define who he is. We are all stronger and less fragile than we ever imagined possible."

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Merrill's Story

"I think his medical experiences as a small child helped develop his attitude and approaches for coping. He still thinks of Children's as a friendly, good place, which is a real tribute to the excellent care and treatment he received."

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

American Association of Neurological Surgeons Meeting

(2007) Malformations in the very young patient: Single-Center Surgical Experience in Pediatric Patients 5 Years and Younger

An Intervention Study to Increase Knowledge and Use of Folic Acid Among Relatives in Neural Tube Defectaffected Families in Washington DC

(2005) Birth Defects Research

Central Nervous System Meningiomas in the First Two Decades of Life Clinicopathologic Evaluation of 87 Cases

(2005) Journal of Neurosurgery

CNS Germ Cell Tumor CNSGCT of Childhood Atypical Presentation and Delayed Diagnosis

(2007) Neurology

International Society of EarlyOnset Scoliosis Annual Meeting

(2008) Neurogenic Factors with early onset scoliosis: Recognition Treatment and Outcome

New Delivery Approaches for Pediatric Brain Tumors

(2005) Journal of Neuro-oncology

Pediatric Neuroscience Symposium

(2008) Pushing the Envelope for the Treatment of Pediatric Brain Tumors:The Marriage of Minimalism and Real-time Visualization

Solitary Orbital Infantile Myofibroma A Case Report and Review of the Literature

(2006) Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Spontaneous Cerebral Hemorrhage and Vasospasm in a Child with Congenital Heart Disease

(2007) Neurocritical Care

The Brain and Nervous System Normal and Abnormal Development

(2007) Children with Disabilities, 6th Edition

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