Dr. John Birknes CHKD Blocks

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Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery


Medical School: Jefferson Medical College

Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Fellowship: Shriner's Hospital For Children


Dr. Birknes is a staff pediatric neurosurgeon with special interests in diagnosis, clinical and surgical treatment of brain tumors, spinal deformity and scoliosis, Chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and neuro-endoscopy. He is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA.

He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he also completed his neurosurgical residency. He completed a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a second fellowship dedicated to pediatric spinal deformity/scoliosis at the Philadelphia Shriner's Hospital for Children. Dr. Birknes received numerous awards and scholarships while in graduate and post-graduate schools.

Honors & Awards
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Dr. Birknes' published research can be viewed at PubMed
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Scoliosis had caused an unnatural 52-degree curve in Keeshara Theus' spine, making it almost impossible for her to play basketball. Then surgeons John Birknes and H. Sheldon St. Clair came to her rescue.

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