CHOP Appoints New Chief of Neurosurgery

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December 30, 2013 — Phillip B. “Jay” Storm, MD, was appointed chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), effective Jan. 1, 2014. Dr. Storm has served as an attending surgeon at CHOP since 2004. He is also an associate professor of neurosurgery in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Storm is nationally recognized for his research and surgical treatment of complex brain and spine tumors.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Storm has accepted this well-deserved appointment to this important leadership position” said N. Scott Adzick, MD, surgeon-in-chief at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “While at CHOP, Dr. Storm has pioneered new surgical procedures, spearheaded innovative research collaborations, and advanced the care CHOP is able to provide our young patients. I look forward to his continued contributions in this new role.”

Dr. Storm graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University and earned his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his neurosurgery residency and his fellowship in neuro-oncology research at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Storm came to CHOP in 2003 as a pediatric neurosurgery fellow.

Dr. Storm’s surgical practice is primarily focused on brain tumors and complex spine tumors. He is a recognized leader in endoscopic skull base surgery and complex reconstructive spine surgery. He leads a unique collaboration in which tissue from every brain and spine tumor treated at CHOP is collected for gene sequencing. Based on an understanding of the genetic abnormalities present in individual tumors, the team’s goal is to develop more precisely targeted postoperative chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This work could ultimately change the standard of care in the treatment of pediatric brain and spine tumors in children.

Dr. Storm’s laboratory has received more than $5 million in NIH grants, foundation grants and philanthropic support. He has authored more than 100 publications, including in peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Storm succeeds Leslie N. Sutton, MD.

“We are deeply grateful to Dr. Sutton for his skill and dedication in leading the division for the past 17 years,” Adzick said. “Dr. Sutton has been at CHOP since his surgical residency in the 1970s and was appointed an attending surgeon in 1981. He has made many contributions to the field of pediatric neurosurgery, none more significant than his work in prenatal repair of myelomeningocele. It has been my pleasure to work closely with him for many years, and I am delighted that he will continue his surgical practice at CHOP.”


Ashley Moore, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 215-630-4683,