Bradley Edward Weprin, MD Division Director at Children's Health Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health
A father’s heart informs just about everything Dr. Bradley Weprin undertakes as the division director of neurosurgery at Children’s Health℠.
“I’m a dad, so I empathize with the parents of patients, who, like me, want to see their children grow, develop and mature,” he says. “My job as a pediatric neurosurgeon gives me the exciting and rewarding opportunity to care for all different types of problems, from brain surgery to spinal surgery to peripheral nerve surgery, all to make an important impact on a child and a child’s family.”
As director of neurosurgery, Dr. Weprin manages the mission of providing the highest quality care through the strategic use of advanced technology and surgical procedures, including microsurgery, image guidance techniques and brain mapping. The department is one of the busiest neurosurgical practices in North America, often drawing patients from around the world. One of the most complex cases managed by Dr. Weprin and his team was the separation of 2-year-old twins who were conjoined at the head. The separation involved a 34-hour operation and months-long follow-up period.
Because he treats deformities, injuries and pediatric trauma involving the brain, spine or peripheral nerves, parents often think the worst when they receive a referral for a pediatric neurological surgery evaluation. However, helping parents and their children deal with that fear is one of the most satisfying aspects of Dr. Weprin’s career.
“Watching a mom and dad smile after their fear has been eased is an incredible feeling,” he says. “And, while not always pleasant, having the privilege to help a family through extremely difficult times makes you realize that you are human and truly experience all that life has to offer.”
Dr. Weprin earned his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical Center. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic and his fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. He is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery, the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery and the American Association of Sports Medicine.
Outside of his practice, Dr. Weprin enjoys watching his children in their sports activities, as well as running and training for marathons, half marathons and 200-mile relays.
Education and Training
Medical SchoolUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (1992)
InternshipUniversity of Minnesota at Minneapolis (1993), General Surgery
ResidencyUniversity of Minnesota at Minneapolis (1998), Neurosurgery
FellowshipChildrens Hospital of Alabama (1999), Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Conditions & Treatments
External Ventricular Drain
Management of complex craniofacial anomalies
Management of hydrocephalus
Management of spasticity and movement disorders
Management of spinal dysraphism and repair of spinal cord anomalies
Treatment of all tumors of the central nervous system
Research & Publications
- Scott WC, Swift DM, Weprin BE. The subgaleal distal catheter technique: An alternative approach for avoiding distal catheter malfunction in posterior fossa cystoperitoneal shunts. Pediatr Neurosurgery. Submitted.
- Lal CV, Mir IN, Kelley E, Weprin BE, Brion LP. Hypomagnesemia Secondary to Cerebrospinal Fluid Losses in a Patient with Congenital Hydrocephalus. J Perinatol 2014;34:640-1.
- Scott WC, Weprin BE, Swift DM. A unifying theory for the multi-factorial origin of hydrocephalus and cerebellar tonsillar herniation in osteopetrosis. J Neurosurgery-Peds. 2014 Oct; 17:1-9.
- Kershenovich A, Silman Z, deRungs D, Koral K, Gargan L, Weprin BE. Tectal Lesions in Children: a long term follow up volumetric tumor growth analysis in surgical and non-surgical cases. Journal Pediatric Neurosurg. Awaiting publication
- Scott WC, Koral K, Margraff L, Klesse L, Weprin BE. Intracerebral schwannomas: a rare disease with varying natural history. Report of 3 cases, J Neurosurg. 2013 July; 12(1):6-12.
Professional Associations and Affiliations
- Executive organization committee Special Olympics St. Louis, Missouri (1986-1988)
- Washington University Alumni Association (1988)
- American Medical Association (1992)
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society (1991)
- Minnesota Medical Association (1992 - 1998)
- Hennepin County Medical Association (1992 - 1998)
- Alabama Medical Association (1998 - 1999)
- Jefferson County Medical Society (1998 - 1999)
- Texas Medical Association (1992)
- Dallas County Medical Association (1999)
- Peyton Society of University of Minnesota Department of Neurosurgery (1998)
- Congress of Neurological Surgery (CNS)
- American Association of Neurological Surgery (AANS)
- American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery (ASPN)
- CNS/AANS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery
- International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN)
- Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Associate Member
- Hydrocephalus Association
- American Association of Sports Medicine