Bruce A. Kaufman, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery

Bruce A. Kaufman, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery

MCW Neurosurgery


Dr. Kaufman is an attending Pediatric Neurosurgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He was the Chief and Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery from 2000 through 2016, when he passed on the leadership to Dr. Sean Lew.  During his tenure as Chief, Dr. Kaufman assembled a highly qualified team of pediatric neurosurgical providers, all with special expertise in pediatric neurosurgery. The group provides all forms of surgical treatment for pediatric neurological problems.

He was trained at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland Ohio) and is board certified in both Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery. He has been President of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Chair of the Joint Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery (of the AANS/CNS), and is currently a board member of the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Dr. Kaufman has focused his clinical interest in the surgical treatment of spasticity, hydrocephalus, spinal dysraphism.  He remains involved in the care of pediatric brain tumors and pediatric neurological trauma. He has also authored many journal articles and chapters, and remains actively involved in clinical research and outcomes involving hydrocephalus, Chiari malformations, and spasticity.

Education / Training

  • Doctor of Medicine – Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland, OH (1982)
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery – Children’s Memorial Hospital – Chicago, IL (1988-1989)
  • Residency in Neurosurgery – University Hospitals of Cleveland – OH (1982-1988)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctors in America – 2001-2015

Research Interests

Hydrocephalus, Congenital malformations, Outcomes analysis



  • Professor, Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery – 2000-2016

Board Certification

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Surgical Services

  • Selective dorsal rhizotomy
  • Intrathecal baclofen therapy (baclofen pump)
  • Surgeries for spinal dysraphism (tethered cords, spina bifida)
  • endoscopic treatment of hydrocephalus
  • Surgery for spasticity (selective dorsal rhizotomy, baclofen pump)
  • Surgery for hydrocephalus (shunting, endoscopic treatments)

Conditions Treated

  • Brain Tumors
  • Spasticity (dorsal rhizotomy/baclofen pump)
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spine and Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Hydrocephalus


  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Campus
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Neenah/Fox Valley