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Chima Oluigbo, MD



Chima Oluigbo, M.D., FRCSC, is an attending neurosurgeon at Children’s National Health System and an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He specializes in the surgical care of children with epilepsy as well as pediatric functional and restorative neurosurgery. Dr. Oluigbo comes to Children’s National from the Ohio State University Medical Center, where he led the epilepsy surgery service and was actively involved in functional neurosurgery (deep brain stimulation). He was also a consulting neurosurgeon at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

He completed his residency in neurological surgery at University Hospitals Birmingham, England and subsequently completed fellowships at the University of Colorado (Pediatric Neurosurgery) and the Ohio State University (Functional Neurosurgery). He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and 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.

Dr. Oluigbo cares for children with all types of diseases of the nervous system such as epilepsy, brain and spine tumors, hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis, spina bifida and tethered spinal cord. He uses minimally invasive techniques to treat patients with epilepsy. These techniques include the Visualase laser ablation therapy and the ROSA robot assisted epilepsy surgery. He also uses advanced intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) during epilepsy surgery to optimize seizure control outcomes.

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 children.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Neurosurgery, 2010
    Ohio State University Hospital
  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellow*, 2009
    Children's Hospital of Denver
  • MD, 1996
    University of Nigeria College of Medicine
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Chima Oluigbo


Darcy's Story

How outside-the-box thinking and multidisciplinary care preserved the good half of Darcy’s brain.

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Brynleigh's Story

Two and a half years ago, Adamstown, MD residents Lauren and Sean Shillinger gave birth to a beautiful little girl named Brynleigh. Brynleigh was their first child, and Lauren experienced a full-term pregnancy and a normal delivery. But when Brynleigh was just 9 1/2 months old, Lauren and Sean started to notice something unusual in Brynleigh’s behavior.

Tea's Story

Tea's Story

On Tea Abbadini’s thirteenth birthday, she started feeling sudden pain on the right side of her lower abdomen that her parents thought was appendicitis. A few months later on Christmas Eve, Tea’s hand cramped up for 10 minutes and, on New Year’s Eve, she got her first back cramp. Her back cramp was so bad that it curved her to the right and caused her to walk leaned over for a few hours.

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Biennial Meeting

(2010) Image guided stereotactic percutaneous rhizotomy; technique and results

Comparison of outcomes following decompressive craniectomy in children with accidental and nonaccidental blunt cranial trauma

(2012) Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics

Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting

(2007) Lumboperitoneal shunts for syringomyelia: an appraisal

Incidence of cervical spine injury in infants with head trauma

(2010) Journal of Neurosurgery (Pediatrics)

Managing Neurological Disorders Using Neuromodulation

(0001) Neural Engineering

Pattern management and outcome of cervical spine injuries associated with head injuries in paediatric patients

(2008) Child's Nervous System

Primary Malignant Melanoma of the Cerebellopontine Angle a diagnostic dilemma

(2006) Neurosurgery

Sphenopalatine ganglion SPG interventions Technical aspects and application

(2011) Progress in Neurological Surgery

The role of lumboperitoneal shunts in the management of syringomyelia

(2010) Journal of Neurosurgery (Spine)

Use of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein2 rhBMP2 to enhance posterior cervical spine fusion at 2 years of age

(2008) Pediatric Neurosurgery

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