• Dr. Rocque has a primary focus in pediatric neurosurgery, including care for hydrocephalus, spina bifida, pediatric brain tumors, spasticity, peripheral nerve injuries, and Chiari malformation. In addition, Dr. Rocque practices general adult neurosurgery at the Birmingham VA Medical Center, with a focus on care for spinal disorders.
    Dr. Rocque was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. He attended the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the NCAA top-ten men’s swim team and graduated summa cum laude with majors in chemistry and biology. He received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis and went on to neurosurgery residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. During residency, he completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical Investigation. Dr. Rocque spent an additional year in Madison for a fellowship in Complex and Reconstructive Spinal Surgery prior to completing his training with the renowned pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Children’s of Alabama.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 Decompression for Chiari malformation type II in individuals with myelomeningocele in the National Spina Bifida Patient Registry.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  22:652-658. 2018
    2018 Treated hydrocephalus in individuals with myelomeningocele in the National Spina Bifida Patient Registry.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  22:646-651. 2018
    2018 Venous thromboembolism following inpatient pediatric surgery: Analysis of 153,220 patients.Journal of Pediatric Surgery2018
    2018 Complications following pediatric cranioplasty after decompressive craniectomy: a multicenter retrospective study.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  22:225-232. 2018
    2018 ResponseJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  22:224. 2018
    2018 Comparison of hydrocephalus metrics between infants successfully treated with endoscopic third ventriculostomy with choroid plexus cauterization and those treated with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt: a multicenter matched-cohort analysis.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  21:339-345. 2018
    2018 ResponseJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  21:338. 2018
    2018 Thoracolumbar Injury Classification and Severity Score in children: a reliability study.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  21:284-291. 2018
    2018 Age and factors associated with self-clean intermittent catheterization in patients with spina bifida.Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.  11:283-291. 2018
    2018 Skin breakdown of the feet in patients with spina bifida: Analysis of risk factors.Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.  11:237-241. 2018
    2018 The development of a lifetime care model in comprehensive spina bifida care.Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.  11:323-334. 2018
    2017 Modification of the BioMedicus centrifugal pump to provide continuous irrigation for neuroendoscopy: technical note.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  21:171-177. 2017
    2017 Genetic epidemiology of neural tube defects.Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.  10:189-194. 2017
    2017 Predictors of permanent disability among adults with spinal dysraphism.Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.  27:169-177. 2017
    2017 State of global pediatric neurosurgery outreach: survey by the International Education Subcommittee.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  20:204-210. 2017
    2017 Trans-falcine and contralateral sub-frontal electrode placement in pediatric epilepsy surgery: technical note.Child's Nervous System.  33:1379-1388. 2017
    2017 Reliability assessment of the Biffl Scale for blunt traumatic cerebrovascular injury as detected on computer tomography angiography.Journal of Neurosurgery.  127:32-35. 2017
    2017 Surveillance survey of family history in children with neural tube defects.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  19:690-695. 2017
    2017 A comparison of the MOMS trial results to a contemporaneous, single-institution, postnatal closure cohort.Child's Nervous System.  33:639-646. 2017
    2017 Morbidity associated with 30-day surgical site infection following nonshunt pediatric neurosurgery.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  19:421-427. 2017
    2017 Risk factors for surgical site infection following nonshunt pediatric neurosurgery: a review of 9296 procedures from a national database and comparison with a single-center experience.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  19:407-420. 2017
    2017 Endoscopic third ventriculostomy: A historical review.British Journal of Neurosurgery.  31:28-32. 2017
    2017 Dermoid of the posterior fossa in Chiari II malformation: The first reported caseJournal of Pediatric Neurosciences.  12:40-42. 2017
    2016 Error in the eye of the beholder: Crew resource management in neurosurgeryJournal of Neurosurgery.  125:1616-1617. 2016
    2016 Letter to the Editor: Error in the eye of the beholder: crew resource management in neurosurgery.Journal of Neurosurgery.  125:1616-1617. 2016
    2016 Outcomes of endoscopic third ventriculostomy in adults.Journal of Clinical Neuroscience.  31:166-171. 2016
    2016 Radiographic markers of clinical outcomes after endoscopic third ventriculostomy with choroid plexus cauterization: cerebrospinal fluid turbulence and choroid plexus visualization.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  18:287-295. 2016
    2016 Risk factors for unplanned readmission within 30 days after pediatric neurosurgery: a nationwide analysis of 9799 procedures from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  18:350-362. 2016
    2016 Surgeon interrater reliability in the endoscopic assessment of cistern scarring and aqueduct patency.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  18:320-324. 2016
    2016 Predictors of delayed recovery following pediatric sports-related concussion: a case-control study.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  17:491-496. 2016
    2016 Cognitive Deficits in Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Carotid Endarterectomy Surgical Candidates.Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.  31:1-7. 2016
    2016 Two-stage surgical resection of an atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor occupying the infratentorial and supratentorial compartment in children under two years: Report of two cases.International Journal of Surgery Case Reports.  20:49-52. 2016
    2015 Chiari malformation Type 1 and atlantoaxial instability: a letter from the Pediatric Craniocervical Society.Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.  23:820-821. 2015
    2015 Pediatric central nervous system solitary fibrous tumor: case report.Child's Nervous System.  31:2379-2381. 2015
    2015 Sleep-disordered breathing in patients with myelomeningocele.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  16:30-35. 2015
    2015 Assessing health-related quality of life in children with spina bifida.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  15:144-149. 2015
    2015 Anatomical variations and neurosurgical significance of Liliequist's membrane.Child's Nervous System.  31:15-28. 2015
    2014 Bone morphogenetic protein-associated complications in pediatric spinal fusion in the early postoperative period: an analysis of 4658 patients and review of the literature.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  14:635-643. 2014
    2014 Pediatric endoscopic third ventriculostomy: a population-based study.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  14:455-464. 2014
    2014 Cerebrospinal fluid flow impedance is elevated in Type I Chiari malformation.Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.  136:021012. 2014
    2013 Reduction of ventilator-associated pneumonia in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit: a multimodality prevention and testing protocol.Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences.  57:293-296. 2013
    2013 Outcomes of cranioplasty following decompressive craniectomy in the pediatric population.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  12:120-125. 2013
    2012 Impaired cognitive function in patients with atherosclerotic carotid stenosis and correlation with ultrasound strain measurements.Journal of the Neurological Sciences.  322:20-24. 2012
    2011 Treatment practices for Chiari malformation type I with syringomyelia: results of a survey of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  8:430-437. 2011
    2009 Symptomatic hyperprolactinemia from an ectopic pituitary adenoma located in the clivus.Endocrine Practice.  15:143-148. 2009
    2009 Tumour vaccine approaches for CNS malignancies: progress to date.Drugs.  69:241-249. 2009
    2008 Spontaneous acute subdural hematoma as an initial presentation of choriocarcinoma: a case report.Journal of Medical Case Reports.  2:211. 2008
    2008 Ventricular shunt tap as a predictor of proximal shunt malfunction in children: a prospective study.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  1:439-443. 2008
    2008 Ventriculoperitoneal shunt tap.Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  1:433. 2008
    2007 Median to radial nerve transfer for treatment of radial nerve palsyJournal of Neurosurgery.  107:666-671. 2007
    2007 Use of motor nerve material in peripheral nerve repair with conduits.Microsurgery.  27:138-145. 2007


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    2017 Hydrocephalus.  245-252. 2017
    2015 Dorsal Rhizotomy for Spasticity.  383-391. 2015
    2010 Midbrain gliomas.  419-425. 2010

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Rocque’s research focuses on improving the experience of care for children with neurosurgical conditions and their families. He received a grant from the Kaul Pediatric Research Institute for his work to improve the transition process from pediatric to adult care for individuals with spina bifida. He received a UAB CCTS KL2 award to support his research on distress and psychosocial risk among families of children with newly diagnosed brain tumors. In addition to those ongoing projects, Dr. Rocque is exploring the psychological effects of a lifetime of neurosurgical encounters for children with hydrocephalus.
  • Education And Training

  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Biology, University of Georgia
  • Doctor of Medicine, Washington University/St. Louis
  • Master of Science in Medical Clinical Sciences / Graduate Medical Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, Internship 2006
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, Residency 2012
  • Childrens Hospital of Alabama, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2013
  • Full Name

  • Brandon Rocque
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