Carolyn Quinsey, MD, is a board-certified pediatric neurosurgeon who specializes in minimally invasive surgery and endoscopy. Dr. Quinsey is fellowship trained in pediatric neurosurgery and operates on children and adults using the latest technology and innovative techniques. She is one of few surgeons to offer fetal surgery to repair congenital spine defects in children before they are born. She is also one of very few surgeons using flexible endoscopy to treat brain tumors, brain fluid and cyst conditions in patients without implanting hardware such as a shunt.

Dr Quinsey is committed to training the next generation of neurosurgeons in the United States and abroad. She is the associate program director for neurosurgery residency at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and teaches residents and medical students. She travels to Africa regularly to support the efforts to improve neurosurgical care for patients in resource-poor environments and collaborates with global partners on efforts that will improve neurosurgery worldwide.

Dr. Quinsey focuses on being approachable and accessible with patients to create relationships, and her favorite part of being a doctor is finding unexpected ways to be a positive force in the lives of her patients and coworkers. She is passionate about delivering world-class surgical care to patients that doesn’t require them to travel across the country.

Outside of work, Dr. Quinsey enjoys traveling, hiking, sailing and kayaking.

Education & Training

Medical School

Medical College of Wisconsin


Neurological Surgery

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Pediatric Neurosurgery

  • Oregon Health & Science University-OHSU GME


American Board of Neurological Surgery
American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery


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Academic Information

Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Research Profile

Carolyn Quinsey, MD, is a board-certified pediatric neurosurgeon who specializes in minimally invasive surgery, the use of flexible endoscopy, and treatment of spine and brain conditions in fetal and pediatric populations.

Her research efforts are diverse, and she is committed to advancing science that improves patient outcomes. Her prior research covers topics such as hydrocephalus, brain tumors, Chiari malformation, fetal surgery, reducing ionizing radiation to children, brain imaging, medical simulation, social disparities, patient perception/experience, and global neurosurgery.

Research Interests

  • Global neurosurgery
  • Fetal neurosurgery
  • Flexible endoscopy
  • Medical education
  • Neuro protection

Areas of Expertise

  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Minimally invasive neurosurgery
  • Fetal surgery
  • Flexible endoscopy
  • Skull base neurosurgery
  • Brain tumors