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Mari L.A. Groves, MD

Academic Title:

Clinical Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:



UMMC Suite S-12-D

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Education and Training

  • Emory University, BS, Neuroscience Behavioral Biology, 2003

  • Vanderbilt University, M.D., 2007


Neurosurgery Residency and Fellowships:

  • Resident, Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2008

  • Clinical and Research Fellow, Spinal Oncology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2011

  • Chief Resident, Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2013

  • Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellow, Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2014

  • Pediatric Spine Fellow, Neurosurgery/Orthopedic Surgery, Shriners Hospital for Children, 2015


Dr. Groves is a Pediatric Neurosurgeon, who treats children with Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors, Chiari Malformations, Myelomeningocele, Spasticity and Epilepsy. Additionally, she has made spinal deformity and spinal oncology a key focus of her practice. As the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery for the Department of Neurosurgery at UMMC, Dr. Groves tackles complex diagnoses to help improve the quality of life of a child. Her research interest focuses on pediatrics spinal disease and how surgical intervention can impact the growth and neurological function over a child’s life. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

Spinal Deformity, Spinal Oncology, Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors, Chiari Malformations, Myelomeningocele, Spasticity and Epilepsy

Highlighted Publications

Liu A, Sankey EW, Bettegowda C, Burger PC, Jallo GI, Groves ML. Poor prognosis despite aggressive treatment in adults with intramedullary spinal cord glioblastoma. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Oct;22(10):1628-31. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2015.05.008. Epub 2015 Jun 30.

Wang Y, Springer S, Zhang M, McMahon KW, Kinde I, Dobbyn L, Ptak J, Brem H, Chaichana K, Gallia GL, Gokaslan ZL, Groves ML, Jallo GI, Lim M, Olivi A, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Rigamonti D, Riggins GJ, Sciubba DM, Weingart JD, Wolinsky JP, Ye X, Oba-Shinjo SM, Marie SK, Holdhoff M, Agrawal N, Diaz LA Jr, Papadopoulos N, Kinzler KW, Vogelstein B, Bettegowda C. Detection of tumor-derived DNA in cerebrospinal fluid of patients with primary tumors of the brain and spinal cord. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Aug 4;112(31):9704-9. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1511694112. Epub 2015 Jul 20.

Groves ML, Zadnik PL, Kaloostian P, Sui J, Goodwin CR, Wolinsky JP, Witham TF, Bydon A, Gokaslan ZL, Sciubba DM. Epidemiologic, functional, and oncologic outcome analysis of spinal sarcomas treated surgically at a single institution over 10 years. Spine J. 2015 Jan 1;15(1):110-4. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.07.005. Epub 2014 Jul 17.