Robert A. Sanford, MD

Robert Sanford

Semmes-Murphey Clinic
Pediatric Neurosurgery
Memphis, Tennessee

Surgical Division of Neurosurgery
6325 Humphrey Blvd.
Memphis, TN  38120
(901) 522-7762

Education, Training, Certification

BA, 1963 - Hendrix College
MD, 1967 - University of Arkansas School of Medicine
Internship, 1967-68 - University of Minneapolis Medical Center
Residency, 1968-73 - University of Mississippi Medical Center

Board Certification

Neurological Surgery
Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Membership in Professional Societies

American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; American Association of Neurological Surgeons Pediatric Section; American Medical Association; Central Medical Society; Memphis Neuroscience Society; Memphis Journal Review Club; Memphis and Mid-South Pediatric Society; Congress of Neurological Surgeons; Mississippi Academy of Sciences; Mississippi Medical Society; Mississippi Society of Neuroscience; Mississippi Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Mississippi Council; Medical Advisory Committee; Sigma Xi; Society of University Neurosurgeons

Research Interests

Several studies have demonstrated that the extent of resection is an independent positive prognostic factor for survival in patients regardless of the histology of the tumor. Thus in the current era most neurosurgeons strive to achieve a gross total resection of the tumor whenever possible. Our current operating room at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center is equipped with state of the art instrumentation including an advanced operating microscope, laser and ultrasonic aspirator. A new feature that has recently been added to our equipment is a frameless stereotactic microscope that allows the surgeon to view a 3-dimensional map of the tumor superimposed on the surgical field. The systems computer screen provides key information that helps the surgeon identify tumor margins from surrounding normal brain tissue. We are developing this technology to remove tumors in areas of the brain where previously surgery would be difficult and leave the patient with severe neurologic deficits.

Selected Publications

Hartsell WF, Gajjar A, Heideman RL, Langston JA, Sanford RA, Walter AW, Jones D, Chen G, and Kun LE: Patterns of Failure in Children with Medulloblastoma: Effects of Preirradiation Chemotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 39 (1):15-24, 1997.

Reardon DA, Gajjar A, Sanford RA, Heideman RL, Walter AW, Thompson SJ, Merchant TE, Li H, Jenkins JJ, Langston J, Boyett JM, Kun LE. Bithalamic involvement predicts poor outcome among children with thalamic glial tumors. Pediatr Neurosurg 29:29-35, 1998.

Gajjar A, Sanford RA, Heideman RL, Jenkins JJ, Walter AW, Li Y, Langston JW, Muhlbauer M, Boyett JM, and Kun LE. Low grade astrocytoma: a decade of experience at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. J Clin Oncol 15 (8):2792-2799, 1997.

Heideman R, Kuttesch J, Gajjar A, Walter A, Jenkins J, Li Y, Sanford R, and Kun L. Supratentorial malignant gliomas in childhood: a single institution perspective. Cancer 80:497-504, 1997.

Pople IK, Sanford RA, Muhlbauer MS. Clinical Presentation and Management of 100 infants with Plagiocephaly. Pediatric Neurosurgery 25:1-6, 1996.

Duffner PK, Krischer JP, Burger PC, Cohen ME, Backstrom JW, Horowitz ME, Sanford RA, Friedman HS, Kun LE, and the Pediatric Oncology Group: Treatment of Infants with Malignant Gliomas: The Pediatric Oncology Group Experience. Journal of Neuro-Oncology 28:245-256, 1996.

Freeman CR, Bourgouin PM, Sanford RA, Cohen ME, Friedman HS, and Kun LE for the Pediatric Oncology Group. Long Term Survivors of Hyperfractionated Radiotherapy in Brain Stem Tumors in Children: Clinical Characteristic and Treatment-Related Toxicities. Cancer 77(3):555-562, 1996.

Gajjar A, Bhargava R, Jenkins JJ, Heideman R, Sanford RA, Langston JW, Walter AW, Kuttesch JF, Muhlbauer M, and Kun LE: Low-Grade Astrocytoma With Neuraxis Dissemination at Diagnosis. J Neurosurgery 83:67-71, 1995.

Donahue DJ, Sanford RA. Cranial Burst Fracture in Infants: Acute Recognition and Management. Child’s Nervous System 11:692-697, 1995.

Khatib ZA, Heideman RL, Kovnar EH, Langston JA, Sanford RA, Douglass EC, Ochs J, Jenkins J, Fairclough Dl, Greenwald C, and Kun LE. Predominance of Pilocytic Histology in Dorsally Exophytic Brain Stem Tumors. Pedatr Neurosurg 20:2-10, 1994.

Gururangan S, Heideman RL, Kovnar EH, Sanford RA, Kun LE. Peritoneal Metastases in Two Patients With Pineoblastoma and Ventriculo-Peritoneal Shunts. Med and ped Oncology 22:417-420, 1994.

Mulhern RK, Heideman RL, Khatib ZA, Kovnar EH, Sanford RA, Kun LE. Quality of Survival Among Children Treated for Brain Stem Glioma. Pedatr Neurosurg 20:226-232, 1994.

Gajjar A, Hedieman R, Douglass E, Kun L, Kovnar E, Sanford R, Fairclough D, Ayers D, Look AT. Relation of Tumor-Cell Ploidy to Survival in Children With Medulloblastoma. Journal of Clinical Oncology 11:2211-2217, 1993.

Freeman CR, Krischer JP, Sanford RA, Cohen ME, Burger PC, del Carpio R, Halperin Ec, Munoz L, Firedman HS, Kun LE: Final Results of a Study of Escalating Doses of Hyperfractionated Radiotherapy in Brain Stem Tumors in Children. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biol Phys 27(2):197-206, 1993.

Kovnar EH, Kellie SJ, Horowitz ME, Sanford RA, Langston JW, Mulhern RK, Jenkins JJ, Douglass Ec, Etcubanas II, Fairclough Dl, Kun LE. Pre-Irradiation Cisplatin and Etoposide in the Treatment of High-Risk Medulloblastoma and Other Malignant Embryonal Tumors of the Central Nervous System: A Phase II Study. Journal of Clinical Oncology 8(2):330-336, 1990.