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.