Paul M. Kanev, MD, MS, FAANS

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Paul M. Kanev, MD, MS, FAANS, is an attending surgeon with the Division of Neurosurgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


I am an Attending Pediatric Neurosurgeon in the Division of Neurosurgery and the Neuroscience Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I have specialty training in pediatrics and pediatric neurosurgery. I have particular interest and specialization in the management and care of children with plagiocephaly, an acquired head deformity. The good news about plagiocephaly is it has no impact on brain growth or development, and it is very treatable. In nearly all cases, it can be corrected. To learn more about the recommended care for children with plagiocephaly, watch this video.

I studied Chemical and Bioengineering at Washington University in St. Louis, and then received my medical degree from Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia. I completed my residency in pediatrics at the New England Medical Center in Boston, my residency in neurosurgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, and my fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle. I am board certified in pediatrics and neurological surgery.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Temple University Medical School, Philadelphia, PA


Neurosurgery - University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Chief Resident)
Pediatrics - New England Medical Center, Boston, MA
Junior Resident, Neurosurgery - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Junior Assistant Resident, Surgery - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


Pediatric Neurosurgery - Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Board Certification

Diplomate – National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)
Neurological Surgery – American Board of Neurological Surgery
Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Graduate Degree

MS in Chemical and Bioengineering - Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Surgeon

Departments and Services




G.Linkov, P.Kanev, G. Isaacson, Conservative management of typical pediatric postauricular dermoid cysts. Int J Pedlatr Otorhinolaryngol 79(11 ): 1810-13, 2015 E pub Aug 13, 2015.


P. Hashim, A. Patel, J. Yang, R. Travieso, J. Temer, J. Losee, I. Pollack, P. Kanev, J. Jane Sr., J. Jane Jr, L. Mayes, C. Duncan, D. J. Bridgett, J. Persing, The effects of whole vault cranioplasty versus strip craniectomy on long-term neuropsychological outcomes in sagittal craniosynostosis, J. Plastic and Reconstructlve Surg, Epub. May 6, 2014, 134(3):491-501, 2014.

A. Patel, J. Yang, P Hashim, R. Travieso, J.Temer, L. Mayes, P. Kanev, C. Duncan, J Jane Jr., J. Jane Sr, I. Pollack, J. Losee,, D. Bridgett, J. Persing, The impact of the Age of Surgery on Long-Term Neuropsychological Outcomes in Sagittal Craniosynostosis, J. Plastic and Reconstructlve Su rg 134( 4 ): 608e-6 I 7 e, 2014.


L. Segal, W Czoch, W.L. Hennrikus, M. W. Shrader, P. Kanev, The spectrum of musculoskeletal problems in lipomyelomeningocele, J Child Orthop. 2013 Dec;7(6):513-9., E pub October 8, 2013.


W. McKinnon, M. Lee, P. Kanev, Monality from intrathecal baclofen withdrawal following posterior spinal fusion: A case repon JBJS Case Connector, 2012 Jul 25;2(3 ):c32 1-5.


P. Kanev*, J. Salazar, Unusual CNS infection from a subtorcular dennal sinus. Acta Paediatr. 99(4):627-9, 2010, Epub 2009 Nov 1.


L. Ashker, J. Weinstein, M. Dias, P. Kanev, D. Nguyen, D.J. Bonsall, Arachnoid cyst causing third cranial nerve palsy manifesting as isolated internal ophthalmoplegia and iris cholinergic supersensitivity. J. Neuro-ophthalmology 28: 192-197, 2008.


P. Kanev*, Congenital malformations of the skull and meninges. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America 40:9-26, 2007.

D. Han, NR Connelly, A Weintraub, P. Kanev, E Solis, Conversion locked-in syndrome after implantation of a spinal cord stimulator. Anesth Analg 104: I 63-165, 2007.


L. Segal, D. Wallach, P. Kanev, Potential complications of posterior spine fusion and instrumentation in patients with cerebral palsy treated with intrathecal baclofen infusion. Spine 30:E219-E224, 2005.

P.D. Adelson, J Ragheb, P. Kanev, D. Brockmeyer, et. al., Phase II clinical trial of moderate hypothennia after severe traumatic brain injury in children. Neurosurg 56:740-753, 2005.


P. Kanev*, J. M. Sheehan, Reflections on shunt infection, Pedlatr Neurosurg 39: 285-290, 2003.


I. Gennano, P. Kanev, R. Maxwell, et. al., Surgical treatment of pediatric epilepsy. Perspectives in Neurological Surgery 9(2): IO 1-110, 1999.


P. Kanev*, C. Foley, D. Miles, Ultrasound guided modified hemispherectomy for the surgical control of seizures in children. J. Neurosurg 86:762-767, 1997.


P. Kanev*, C. Foley, D. Miles, Ultrasound guided modified hemispherectomy for the surgical control of seizures in children. Neurosurg Focus, Vol 1(5), article 2, Nov. 1996.


P. Kanev*, K. Bierbrauer, Reflections on the natural history of lipomyelomeningocele. Pediatr Neurosurg 22: 13 7-140, 1995.

P. Kanev*, T. S. Park, Dennoids and dennal sinus tracts of the spine. Neurosurg Clinics of North America 6:359-366, 1995.

P. Kanev*, A. Lo, Surgical correction of sagittal craniosynostosis: The morbidity of the pi procedure. J. Craniofacial Surg 6:98-102, 1995.


H. H. Punnett, E. Z. Tomczak, J.P. DeChadarevian, P. Kanev, Cytogenetic analysis of a choroid plexus papilloma. Genes, Chromosomes and Cancer 10:282-285, 1994.

M. Haglund, S. Grady, P. Kanev, et. al, Rapid infusion system for neurosurgical treatment of massive intraoperative hemorrhage. J Neurotrauma 11:623-627, 1994.


P. Kanev*, T. S. Park, The treatment of hydrocephalus. Neurosurg Clinics of North America 4:611-619, 1993.

B. Greenberg, M. Schneck, P. Kanev, E. Faerber, MRI characteristics of pediatric malignant intraventricular meningioma. Am J Radiol 160: 1111-1112, 1993.

P. Kanev*, Medical insights: Taking responsibility for child abuse. Headlines 4:36, 1993.

M. Berger, B. Baumeister, J. R. Geyer, J. Milstein, P. Kanev, P. LeRoux, The risks of metastases from shunting in children with primary central nervous system tumors. J Ncurosurg 74:872-877, 1991.

P. Kanev*, J. Lefebvre, R. Mauseth, M. Berger, Growth hormone failure following radiation therapy of primary brain tumors in children. J Ncurosurg 74:743-748, 1991.

P. LeRoux, D. Jardine, P. Kanev , J. Loeser, lntracranial pressure monitoring in nontraumatic coma in children. Child's Nervous System 7:34-39, 1991.


P. Kanev*, R. Lemire, J. Loeser, M. Berger, Management and long term follow-up review of children with lipomyelomeningocele, 1952-1987. J Ncurosurg 73:48-52, 1990.




P. Kanev•, Arachnoid cysts in Winn HR (ed): Youman's Neurological Surgery, 5th edition. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders, pages 3329-3339, 2003.


P. Kanev•, D. Johnson, Hemispherectomy in, Albright AL, Pollack IF, Adelson PD (eds): Operative techniques in pediatric neurosurgery. New York: Thieme Publishers, pages 267-274, 2000.

D. Johnson, P. Kanev, Repair of skull fractures in, Albright AL, Pollack IF, Adelson PD (eds): Operative techniques in pediatric neurosurgery. New York: Thieme Publishers, pages 203-208, 2000.


P. Kanev•, Management of cerebellar astrocytomas in children in, Rock JP, Rosenblum ML, Shaw E, Caimcross JG (eds): The practical management oflow-grade primary brain tumors. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 1999, 103-110.


P. Kanev•, P. Hales, Endocrinologic dysfunction following adjunct tumor therapy in, Berger M.S., Wilson C.B. (ed): Textbook of gliomas. Cambridge: W. B. Saunders Company, 1998, 751-758.


T.S. Park, P. Kanev, M. M. Henegar, B. H. Kaufman, Occult spinal dysraphism in, Youmans J (ed): Neurological Surgery, 4th edition. Philadelphia:W.B. Saunders Company, 1995, 873-889.

P. Kanev•, M. Berger, Lipomyelomeningocele and myelocystocele. in, Youmans J (ed): Neurological Surgery, 4th edition. Philade\phia:W.B. Saunders Company, l995,861- 872.


P. Kanev•, R. Lemire, J. Loeser, M. Berger, Management and long term fol low-up of children with lipomyelomeningocele. in, Matsumoto S, Sato K, Tamaki N, et. al., (eds): Annual Review of Hydrocephalus, 1991. Shingawa-ku:Neuron Publishing Co., Ltd, 1991, 142-143.

Awards and Honors

2018, Paul Kanev Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery, CT Children's Medical Center
2015, Doctor of Divinity (Honorary), Universal Life Church
2015, Awarded "Home town hero", Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT
2013, Didactic teaching award, University of CT Pediatric Residency Program/ CT Children's Medical Center
2007, 2009, The Faculty Award for Excellence in teaching in an affiliated pediatric field, CT Children's Medical Center
2005, Academic Excellence Award, Baystate Medicine, Education and Research Foundation
1999, Letter of Citation and Commendation Admiral R. Diaz, Commander San Diego Naval Medical Center
1995, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2017, Continuing education award in neurosurgery, American Assoc. of Neurological Surgeons
1993, 2011-2012, 2014-2017, Best Docs in Pediatric Neurosurgery, Hartford Magazine
1987, Awarded second prize, poster competition American Assoc. of Neurological Surgeons
1981, MD with Honors, Temple University Medical School
1980, Election to Alpha Omega Alpha, Temple University Medical School Chapter
1975, Cum Laude, Dickinson College
1974, Election to the Dickinson College Chapters of Omicron Delta Kappa and Sigma Pi Sigma

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2008, Ad hoc manuscript reviewer, Journal of Trauma
2007, Ad hoc manuscript reviewer, Neurosurgical Focus
1998-present, Manuscript reviewer, Pediatric Neurosurgery

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations


1988-present, Society of British Neurosurgeons


2004-present, Children's Cancer Group
 - 2004-present, Neurosurgery Section
1997-present, American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
1993-present, Pediatric Oncology Group
 - 1993-present, Neurosurgery Section
1992-present, American Association of Neurologic Surgeons
 - 2019-present, awarded lifetime membership
 - 2010-present, elected Fellow
 - 1993-present, Pediatric Neurosurgery Section
 - 1992-present, Tumor Section