Expert Pediatric Neurosurgery Care—Close To Home

For parents in Contra Costa County and surrounding communities, having a child with a complex medical condition used to mean spending lots of time traveling all over the Bay Area for visits with children’s specialists. 

Through our collaboration with Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, we treat the brain, spine, skull, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves using traditional and minimally invasive neurosurgery techniques.      

In addition to your pediatric neurosurgeon, your child’s care team may also include nurses and other healthcare providers—all who have advanced training in specifically treating children and teens.  

Meet Your Doctors

cormac maher

Cormac Maher, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgery

I'm pleased to partner with you and your child—meeting you where you are at and making sure you understand the condition and your care options, including helping you decide if surgery is right for you. I am honored to help families through a challenging time and get them to the other side where health and happiness awaits. Your child's current health does not need to define their future.

kelly mahaney

Kelly Mahaney, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgery

During my residency I recognized that pediatric neurosurgery was where I could make the biggest difference for my patients. They are resilient, their brains are still making a lot of new connections, so their potential to recover is much greater than adults, and they have their entire lives ahead of them. I am humbled and inspired by my patients, who can endure so much and still be positive, still smile and laugh at the end of the day.

laura prolo

Laura Prolo, MD, PHD

Pediatric Neurosurgery

I love caring for children because they are full of life and promise. Children are so resilient. I find it immensely rewarding to change the course of their lives–to watch them recover, grow and do well. Caring for your child is a privilege that I don’t take lightly, and I treat every child as if they’re family. I am especially interested in developing novel approaches to treat children with craniosynostosis, brain tumors, and congenital disorders.

jmh stanford

What Our Partnership With Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Means For Your Family

Your pediatrician referred you to us, and we want you to know that you’re in good hands. Our collaboration marries the best of two worlds for our patients and their families by bringing Stanford Medicine Children's Health expertise and innovation into a community-based setting that keeps families close to home. Together, our partnership provides:

  • Expert Care from Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Doctors: From office visits to hospital procedures and stays at our Walnut Creek Medical Center, you can rest easy knowing that your child will be cared for by some of the nation’s top pediatric specialists—without having to travel to outside of the East Bay.
  • Comprehensive Care, Conveniently Close: Any hospital-based services your child may need—ranging from simple blood work and imaging to infusion therapies—can all be conveniently done at our Walnut Creek Medical Center by staff who are highly trained in treating children of all ages, using specialized equipment designed just for children. 
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU): If your child requires complex care, you’ll have the added peace of mind that our PICU—staffed 24/7 by Stanford Medicine Children’s Health doctors and John Muir Health nurses and other care providers—is right here at our Walnut Creek Medical Center. Learn more about our PICU.

Learn more about Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and our partnership.