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Baby Blake had a whole team in place just for him, months before he entered the world. Diagnosed with spina bifida, Blake would need surgery within his first few days of life.
Lance S. Governale, MD, is a Pediatric Neurosurgeon at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Maryland, research training from the National Institutes of Health, and his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School. He then stayed at Harvard to complete neurosurgical residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital and pediatric neurosurgical fellowship training at Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Governale has the distinction of having received awards from his colleagues for excellence in research, teaching, and clinical care, including the Harvard Medical School Richardson Research Fellowship for MD Scientists and a nomination for the Harvard Medical School Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching. His research interests focus on device development, and he is a member of multiple professional societies including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Although he enjoys the full range of pediatric neurosurgery, he is especially interested in minimally invasive neurosurgery (including endoscopic treatment of hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis, pituitary disease, and skull base disease), brain / spinal cord tumors, arachnoid cysts, and cavernous malformations.