Meet Dr. Bradley Weprin
Pediatric Neurosurgeon in Dallas
An expert in the treatment of brain tumors, spinal cord issues, brain injuries, and nerve problems in children, pediatric neurosurgeon Bradley Weprin, M.D., is the only neurosurgeon in the region trained to treat children of all ages, including infants, with brain tumors using radiosurgery.
Radiosurgery, delivered with two different machines called Gamma Knife and Cyberknife, is a targeted form of radiation therapy that focuses high-dose X-ray beams directly on a tumor, minimizing damage to the surrounding brain tissue.
“Radiosurgery is important in the treatment of pediatric brain cancer because more traditional radiation therapy can potentially damage a child’s developing organs,” Dr. Weprin says.
“Because this technique is so precise, it opens up a whole new area of treatment for children who before would not have been considered candidates for radiation therapy.”
A clear-cut leader in his field, Dr. Weprin also is a leader among his colleagues. He serves as Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at UT Southwestern and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Director or Neuro-oncology at Children’s Health.
In addition to brain tumors, Dr. Weprin focuses his skills on the surgical treatment of spinal dysraphism (open and occult), Chiari malformations <link to Q&A>, brain trauma, spina bifida, tethered cord syndrome, and brachial plexus injuries in children.
Dr. Weprin places a premium on building relationships with his patients and their families. Learning how best to communicate with them and helping them feel comfortable with difficult decisions are other responsibilities he takes very seriously.
“I want my patients to know how committed I am to their care and how I will always try to do right by them,” he says. “I consider all the options and give them as much information as possible, and I want them to know they can always talk to me, no matter what time or what day it is. They will always have my attention.”