Research Biographies

Garrett T Venable

Since December 2012, I have been working on clinical research projects with various neurosurgical faculty members. Most of my research projects have been clinical articles or chart reviews.

Projects I have participated in or completed during medical school have varied from describing publication trends in neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery, describing the burden of treatment and complications from recurrent craniopharyngioma resection, impact of hyper-acute blood pressure control for acute intracranial hemorrhage, a meta-analysis on minimally invasive versus open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion surgery, to creating a standardized training for residents on convection enhanced drug delivery to the brain.

My ongoing research interests include hydrocephalus, pediatric brain tumors, Neurotrauma, and cerebrovascular topics.

Clinical research has been great to work on as a student. Clinical projects typically aren't paid positions but will allow you to establish relationships with faculty mentors, allow OR and clinic face time, and have flexible time requirements.

Garrett T Venable
Methodist/LeBonheur/St. Jude/Independent


  1. Venable GT, Green CS, Smalley Z, Bedford EC, Modica J, Klimo P Jr. What is the risk of a shunt malfunction after elective intradural surgery? Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 2015 Dec; 16(6):642-7. PMID: 26359674. 
  2. Venable GT, Shepherd BA, Loftis CM, McClatchy SG, Roberts ML, Fillinger ME, Tansey JB, Klimo P Jr. Bradford’s law: identification of the core journals for neurosurgery and its subspecialties. Journal of Neurosurgery. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2015 Sep 4:1-11. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26339849
  3. Khan NR, Clark AJ, Lee SL, Venable GT, Rossi NB, Foley KT. Surgical outcomes for minimally invasive versus open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF): an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurosurgery. 2015 Dec; 77(6): 847-74. PMID: 26214320
  4. Taylor DR, Venable GT, Jones MG, Lepard JR, Roberts ML, Saleh N, Sidiqi SK, Moore A, Khan NR, Selden NR, Michael LM, Klimo P Jr. Five-Year institutional bibliometrics profiles for 102 U.S. neurosurgical residency programs. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2015 Sep; 123(3):547-60. PMID: 26115470
  5. Klimo P Jr, Venable GT, Boop FA, Merchant TE. Recurrent craniopharyngioma after conformal radiation in children and the burden of treatment. Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics. 2015 May; 15(5):499-505 PMID: 25700121.
  6. Mohrien KM, Elijovich L, Venable GT, Taylor DR, Jones GM. Intensive blood pressure control during the hyperacute phase of intracerebral hemorrhage in patients at risk for resistant hypertension: A retrospective cohort study. Journal of Critical Care. 2015 April;30(2):369-74. PMID: 25454074.
  7. Venable GT, Khan NR, Taylor DR, Thompson CJ, Michael LM, Klimo P, Jr. A correlation between National Institutes of Health funding and bibliometrics in neurosurgery. World neurosurgery 2014;81:468-72.PMID: 24239737
  8. Venable GT, Shepherd BA, Roberts ML, Taylor DR, Khan NR, Klimo P, Jr. An application of Bradford's law: identification of the core journals of pediatric neurosurgery and a regional comparison of citation density. Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery 2014;30:1717-27.PMID: 25098356
  9. Khan NR, Thompson CJ, Taylor DR,  Venable GT, Wham RM, Michael LM 2nd, Kilmo P Jr. An analysis of publication productivity for 1225 academic neurosurgeons and 99 departments in the United States. Journal of neurosurgery 2014;120:746-55. PMID:24359012
  10. Klimo P, Jr., Venable GT, Khan NR, et al. Bibliometric evaluation of pediatric neurosurgery in North America. Journal of neurosurgery Pediatrics 2014:1-9. PMID: 25280195
  11. Sillay KA, McClatchy SG, Shepherd BA, Venable GT, Fuehrer TS. Image-guided convection-enhanced delivery into agarose gel models of the brain. Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE 2014.PMID:24894268 

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