Dr. Andrew Jea attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he obtained a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. He then entered medical school at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida, and graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. Dr. Jea completed his residency at the University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, his pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and his spine fellowship at the University of Miami.
After fellowship training, Dr. Andrew Jea joined the pediatric neurosurgery program at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas as an attending pediatric neurosurgeon, director of the neuro-spine program, director of the education program, and director of the fellowship program. He ascended the academic ranks and was granted tenure as an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Jea graduated with a master degree in health administration at Louisiana State University Shreveport with special interest in quality improvement.
Dr. Jea’s clinical practice is unique in that it includes the breadth of pediatric spinal disorders including scoliosis, peripheral nerve disorders, fetal neurosurgery, and spasticity. He is also academically productive, and has over 185 peer-reviewed articles, and over 30 book chapters, mainly on the topic of pediatric spine. With collaborators from Rice University, Dr. Jea was able to run a small externally funded laboratory effort exploring the use of nanomaterials as scaffolds in neuroregeneration.
In 2016, Dr. Jea was recruited to the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery in Indianapolis, Indiana, as a tenured professor in neurosurgery. Dr. Jea assumed the role of Chief of the Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Riley Hospital for Children where he proudly joined Drs. Jodi Smith, Laurie Ackerman, and Dan Fulkerson. Along with his colleagues and staff, Dr. Jea promises to offer high-value, patient-centered, efficient, and timely pediatric neurosurgical services.
Dr. Jea remains active on the national level as a member of the executive committees of the Section of Neurological Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics and AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery. Dr. Jea is one of the few pediatric neurosurgeons who is an active fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Jea has served as an editorial board member for AANS Neurosurgeon, and has been selected to serve on the editorial boards of Pediatrics and Operative Neurosurgery.
Away from work, Dr. Jea enjoys spending time with his true loves - his wife, Lourdes, and 3 boys, Matthew, Michael, and Ryder.