Catherine F. McClung Smith, MD

Stanley O. Skarli, MD

Advanced practice providers

Brandi Martinez, NP

Shannon Gooding, NP

Advanced neurosurgical care for children.

Palmetto Health-USC Pediatric Neurosurgery provides the most advanced neurological and neurosurgical treatment so parents of the Midlands won't have to travel far to find the best care.

Our fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeons work with Palmetto Health Children's Hospital to offer newborns, infants, children and adolescents the specialized care they need for brain, spine and peripheral nerve injuries. Caring for patients in Columbia, Lexington and across the state of South Carolina, we are committed to a caring, family-centered approach and collaborate with our extensive team of pediatric specialists across disciplines.

Why choose a Palmetto Health-USC pediatric neurosurgeon?

With advanced subspecialty training in the unique care of children, a pediatric neurosurgeon offers the best treatment for a child's needs. Our pediatric neurosurgeons have access to the latest technology and collaborate extensively with other pediatric subspecialists to make sure your little one gets the best and most comprehensive treatment.

At Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, our focus is on caring for kids, so kids can focus on having fun. Our hospital facilities were designed through the eyes of children, with family-centered playrooms and interactive, kid-friendly features. Learn more about our experience »

Our services

Conditions we treat include:

  • Arachnoid cysts
  • Blood vessel lesions, such as arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and aneurysms
  • Brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Cerebral cavernous malformation
  • Cerebral palsy/spasticity/dystonia
  • Complex cervical spine disorders
  • Chiari malformation
  • Concussions
  • Craniofacial abnormalities (such as craniosynostosis, plagiocephaly)
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemorrhages
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Moyamoya
  • Pediatric stroke
  • Pseudotumor cerebri
  • Spina bifida
  • Syrinx
  • Tethered cord

Specialty clinics

  • Spina Bifida
  • Transitional care
  • High risk maternal-fetal medicine (preterm abnormalities)
  • Epilepsy/spasticity

About Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group

We are proud to be part of Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, which includes caring, compassionate health care professionals who are highly trained to meet your medical needs in Columbia, Lexington and across the greater Midlands region of South Carolina.

Providing excellent medical care in comfortable office environments, our network team of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses and staff is prepared to answer any questions you have. We provide comprehensive medical care for short-term needs like annual physicals as well as ongoing management of chronic diseases. Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. Should additional, focused medical treatment ever be needed, our doctors will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care. Only at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will you find the extensive level of expertise available from a wide variety of specialists.