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Hi I'm Jodi

I'm a Pediatric Neurosurgeon at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Despite being a “girl,” I have always been intensely competitive and wanted to be the best. I played varsity basketball, volleyball and softball in high school and attended college on a softball scholarship. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Zoology and Chemistry minor and then received my PhD for research on neurulation. After much prayer, I decided to pursue a career in academic pediatric neurosurgery. I completed my MD and residency training in Utah and then a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. I left Boston to join the Dept of Neurosurgery at Indiana University. I am now the John E. Kalsbeck Professor and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Riley Hospital for Children. My career is dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of Pediatric Neurosurgery, including patient care, education, and research, and I treat all neurosurgical problems in children. I delight in caring for my patients and their families, as well as teaching medical students, residents, fellows, nurses, and others about pediatric neurosurgical problems. I’m involved in basic science research on pediatric epilepsy and collaborate on other clinical research projects, with the aim of increasing general understanding of disease processes and, ultimately, improving neurosurgical care of children in Indiana and throughout the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon and living my life according to the principles and ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy. I love the Book of Mormon, I know that it is true, and I’m truly grateful for the guidance it provides in my life. I love my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for the gift of the Atonement and the huge impact that it has had in my life. I love the Church and I know with all my heart that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of God and that through much perseverance and dedication he helped restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Priesthood to this earth in these Latter-days. I know that Thomas S. Monson, our current Prophet, guides and directs the Church through the revelation that he receives daily from Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I believe in the Plan of Salvation and know that families can be together forever through this plan. I love the Temples of the Lord and am so thankful for the tremendous blessings of the temple. There is such an incredible power that comes to you when you receive your Temple endowments. Most importantly, I’m thankful for the power of prayer. Prayer has sustained me throughout my life and especially as a pediatric neurosurgeon. I pray every day for my patients-before and after surgery and oftentimes during surgery. I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers and that He has never left me alone. He knows each one of us, individually, including our needs, wants, and desires. He loves us and wants us to be happy. He has given us a multitude of gifts to help us succeed in all our righteous endeavors. He will help us if we seek His help. I know beyond all doubt that Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of us, and He will always be there to lead us, guide us, and walk beside us so that we may find the way back home to Him.

How I live my faith

I believe that we can do anything with the Lord’s help. One of my favorite scriptures is 3Nephi 18:20: “And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you.” I know this scripture is true. I love my Heavenly Father and I know that he loves me. I know that I am His daughter and that I have divine potential. Knowing this has affected the decisions I’ve made throughout my life and the way I’ve lived my life. In the scriptures, the Savior teaches us that … “all things are possible to him that believeth.” “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.” Moreover, President Hinckley taught us that: “There is no obstacle too great, no challenge too difficult, if we have faith.” Be not faithless, but believing in yourselves, in your capacity as …a daughter of God, to do great and good things.” There have been many times in my life when I have trusted and put my faith in Heavenly Father. He has never let me down. He has strengthened me and helped me to be in the right place at the right time, with the knowledge to say the right thing to or do the right thing for someone who needs my help. I have hundreds of experiences that testify to this. I know that Heavenly Father gives us abilities and gifts to help others and then puts us in the paths of those who need our help. One of the gifts that I have been blessed with and for which I am truly thankful is the ability to talk to my patients and their families in such a way that they can understand what the problem is and trust me to take care of them. I have been blessed with the gift of helping families through times of crisis in their lives when their child has been hurt or killed in a car accident or has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. I know that this gift comes from Heavenly Father – it is one of the divine qualities that I possess as a daughter of Heavenly Father.