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Children’s Hospital Surgeon-in-Chief Division Chief and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery Professor


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Dr. Scott W. Elton joined the Department of Neurosurgery in January 2013, to develop the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery where he now serves as Division Chief and Director. He completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, where he developed an initial interest in pediatric neurosurgery. Following medical school, he trained in neurosurgery at Ohio State University with 14 months of his training spent in pediatric neurosurgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He spent an additional 12 months at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama during his fellowship.

Dr. Elton has worked in both community and academic hospitals in a wide variety of practices–private, academic, and corporate–in both Ohio and Arizona. He began and developed a practice of pediatric neurosurgery at the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona which quickly grew to three pediatric neurosurgeons serving the entire state within four years. Along with numerous clinical pursuits, Dr. Elton is interested in teaching residents and medical students, evaluating cost containment, and creating pragmatism in care.

Outside of UNC, Dr. Elton enjoys spending time with his family, and taking scuba diving and sailing trips.

Children’s Hospital Surgeon-in-Chief
Division Chief and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Craniofacial disorders, Chiari malformations, tethered spinal cord disorders, spinal cord and brain tumors, the treatment of neurosurgical disorders of the brain and spine in infancy, childhood, and adolescence.

Fellowship – Pediatric Neurosurgery; Children’s Hospital of Alabama, 2000-2001
Residency – Neurosurgery; Ohio State University Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Riverside Methodist Medical Center, 1995-2000
Internship – General Surgery; Ohio State University Medical Center, 1994-1995
M.D. – Medicine; University of Pittsburgh, 1994
M.S. – Physiology; Georgetown University, 1990
B.A. – Biology; Brandeis University, 1989

Pediatric Neurological Surgery – Board Certified, 2006
Neurological Surgery – Board Certified, 2005

For recent publications, visit Dr. Scott Elton’s PubMed listing.


Pediatric Epilepsy Patient Enjoys Seizure-Free Life After Epilepsy Surgery at UNC Health

Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida video

Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida