Carolyn Quinsey


New Patients/Referrals:  (919) 445-2410
Returns/Follow-up Appointments: 
Pediatric (984) 974-1401, Adult (984) 974-4210

Dr. Carolyn Quinsey is a board eligible pediatric and adult neurosurgeon who specializes in minimally invasive and shuntless surgery. Dr. Quinsey is fellowship trained in pediatric neurosurgery and operates on children and adults using innovative techniques which include endoscopic, endonasal, eyebrow craniotomy, and microscopic approaches. Along with Dr. Elton, she is one of very few specialists using flexible neuroendoscopy, the newest technology and techniques to effectively remove tumors and treat hydrocephalus without a shunt.

Dr. Quinsey is also devoted to training the next generation of neurosurgeons both in the United States and abroad. She is currently the assistant program director of the UNC Department of Neurosurgery where she directs the skull base lab for residents. She has traveled numerous times to Africa and is currently developing a program to train neurosurgeons in Malawi. Dr. Quinsey’s international public health initiative is to help doctors in Africa learn how to manage hydrocephalus with new surgical techniques other than shunting.

Dr. Quinsey is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Pediatric Section of the AANS/CNS. She has presented her pediatric surgery research at several national and international meetings. She also completed a medical journalism rotation with ABC News and continues to be active in utilizing new ways to inform her patients about their health using media and online resources.


  • Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Associate Program Director
  • Project Director, UNC Neurosurgery Initiative in Malawi
  • Director, Neurosurgery Skull Base Lab
  • Co Founder and Director, UNC Congenital Brain and Spine Malformations Program

Conditions Treated

Hydrocephalus, cerebral cysts, arachnoid cysts, pineal cysts, brain tumors, pituitary tumors, vascular malformations (AVM, sinus pericranii, cavernous malformation), Moyamoya, pediatric epilepsy, chiari malformation, myelomeningocele, lipomyelomeningocele, cranialsynostosis, tethered cord, skull lesions – dermoid cysts, craniocervical instability, pediatric spine surgery


  • Flexible endoscopy for treatment of cerebral/arachnoid cysts and hydrocephalus
  • Endonasal endoscopic treatment of pituitary and sellar region tumors
  • Pediatric tumors
  • Pediatric vascular disorders
  • Pediatric congenital disorders

Academic Interests

  • Sellar and parasellar lesions
  • Skull base surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • International and Global Neurosurgery
  • Graduate Medical Education

Education and Training

  • Fellowship – Pediatric Neurosurgery – Oregon Health Science University
  • Residency – Neurological Surgery – University of North Carolina
  • M.D. Medicine – Medical College of Wisconsin
  • B.S. Mathematics – University of Wisconsin Madison

Board Certifications

Neurological Surgery – Board Eligible

UNC Videos and Articles

Baby’s Hydrocephalus Relieved by Specialized Surgery

Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida at UNC

Adults with Tethered Cord Syndrome Find Relief Through Surgery

NC Children’s Hospital has a sweet new car

Social Media

Twitter: @CarolynQuinsey