Lucy B. Rorke-Adams, MD

Lucy B. Rorke-Adams, MD

Areas of Expertise: Pathology of central nervous system tumors in infants and children
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Duluth, MN


Anatomic Pathology - Philadelphia General Hospital, Philadelphia, PA


Neuropathology - Philadelphia General Hospital (NIH Special Fellowship), Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Degree

MA - University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN

Titles and Academic Titles

Senior Neuropathologist, Division of Neuropathology

Clinical Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Revere KE, Katowitz WR, Katowitz JA, Rorke-Adams L, Fisher MJ, Liu GT. Childhood optic nerve glioma: vision loss due to biopsy. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Apr 4.


Brennan LK, Rubin D, Christian CW, Duhaime A-C, Mirchindani HG, Rorke-Adams LB. Neck injuries in young pediatric homicide victims. J Neurosurg Pediat 3: 232-239, 2009. 


Chi SN, Zimmerman MA, Yao X, Coten KJ, Burger P, Biegel JA, Rorke-Adams LB, Fisher M, Janss A, Mazewski C, Goldman S, Manley PE, Bowers DC, Bendel A, Rubin J, Turner CD, Marcus KJ, Goumnerova, Ulrich NJ, Kieran MW. Intensive multimodality treatment for children with newly diagnosed CNS atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor. J Clin Oncol 27: 385-389, 2008.

Mittlebron M, Woltburg H, Kendziorra H, Stopper E, Sousa P, Rorke-Adams LB. Ependymomatous exencephaly: a unique fetal malformation.   Ped Develop Pathol 11: 397-401, 2008. 

Rorke-Adams LB, Portnoy H. Long survival of an infant with gliomatosis cerebelli. Case report. J Neurosurg Pediat 2: 346-350, 2008.

Rosso AL, Hovinga ME, Rorke-Adams LB, Spector LB, Bunin GR. Case control study of childhood brain tumors and father's hobbies - a Children's Oncology Group Study.   Cancer Causes Control 19: 1201-1207, 2008.


Sandberg GD, Wong K, Horkayne-Szakaly I, Dickey G, Rorke-Adams LB, Rushing EJ. Trimyelia with divergent cord pathways and three foramina magni. Childs Nervous System 23(2): 249-53, Feb 2007.

Coulter DM, Zhou H, Rorke-Adams LB. Catastrophic intrauterine spinal cord injury caused by an arteriovenous malformation. Journal of Perinatology 27(3): 186-9, Mar 2007.

D'cunja J, Shalaby T, Rivera P, von Buren A, Patti R, Heppner FL, Arcaro A, Rorke-Adams LB, Phillips PC, Grotzer, MA. Antisense treatment of IGF-IR induces apoptosis and enhances chemosensitivity in central nervous system atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumours cells. European Journal of Cancer 43(10): 1581-9, Jul 2007.

Shu H-KG, Sall WF, Maity A, Tochner ZA, Janss AJ, Belasco JB, Rorke-Adams LB, Phillips  PC, Sutton LN, Fisher MJ. Childhood intracranial ependymoma: twenty-year experience from a single institution. Cancer 110(2): 432-41, Jul 15 2007.

Gilliland MGF, Levin AV, Enzenauer RW, Smith C, Parsons MA, Rorke-Adams LB, Lauridson JR, La Roche GR, Christmann LM, Mian M, Jentzen J, Simons KB, Morad Y, Alexander R, Jenny C, Wygnanski-Jaffe T. The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Guidelines for postmortem protocol for ocular investigation of sudden unexplained infant death and suspected physical child abuse. American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology 28(4): 323-9, Dec 2007.


Deuel TAS, Liu JS, Corbo JC, Yoo S-Y, Rorke-Adams LB, Walsh CA. Genetic interactions between doublecortin and doublecortin-like kinase in neuronal migration and axon outgrowth. [see comment]. Neuron 49(1): 41-53, Jan 5 2006.

Richards PG, Bertocci GE, Bonshek RE, Giangrande PL, Gregson RM, Jaspan T, Jenny C, Klein N, Lawler W, Peters M, Rorke-Adams LB, Vyas H, Wade A. Shaken baby syndrome. [see comment]. [Review] [18 refs] Archives of Disease in Childhood 91(3): 205-6, Mar 2006.

Bunin GR, Robison LL, Biegel JA, Pollack IF, Rorke-Adams LB. Parental heat exposure and risk of childhood brain tumor: a Children's Oncology Group study. American Journal of Epidemiology 164(3): 222-31, Aug 1 2006.

Bunin GR, Gallagher PR, Rorke-Adams LB, Robison LL, Cnaan A. Maternal supplement, micronutrient, and cured meat intake during pregnancy and risk of medulloblastoma during childhood: a children's oncology group study. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 15(9):1660-7, Sep 2006.

Armstrong GT, Phillips PC, Rorke-Adams LB, Judkins AR, Localio AR, Fisher MJ. Gliomatosis cerebri: 20 years of experience at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Cancer 107(7): 1597-606, Oct 1 2006.

Shuper A, Michovitz S, Amir J, Kornreich L, Boikov O, Yaniv Y, Rorke-Adams LB. Idiopathic granulomatous encephalitis mimicking malignant brain tumor. Pediatric Neurology 35(4): 280-3, Oct 2006.

Packer RJ, Gajjar A, Vezina G, Rorke-Adams L, Burger PC, Robertson PL, Bayer L, LaFond D, Donahue BR, Marymont MAH, Muraszko K, Langston J, Sposto R. Phase III Prospective randomized study of craniospinal radiation therapy followed by one of two adjuvant chemotherapy regimens for newly-diagnosed average risk medulloblastoma.  J Clin Oncol 24: 4202-08, 2006.