60715-Tailor, Jignesh

Jignesh Tailor, PhD, BMBCH

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

GH 5100
Indianapolis, IN


Jignesh Tailor, BMBCH, PhD is an assistant professor of neurological surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine and a pediatric neurosurgeon at Riley Hospital for Children. Dr. Tailor is a surgeon-scientist with special interests in pediatric tumors of the brain and spinal cord, pediatric epilepsy and fetal neurosurgery. In the laboratory, he studies the cellular origins of brain tumors with the aim of finding new therapies to halt tumor progression.

Dr. Tailor studied medicine at Oxford University, where he became fascinated with human brain development and aberrations of development that lead to brain cancer. He completed his PhD studies at Cambridge University in stem cell and developmental biology. There, he developed a unique human stem cell platform to study early stages of brain cancer development.

After completing his neurosurgery residency in London, England, where he trained at world-renowned hospitals, including the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, King’s College Hospital and St. George’s University Hospital, Dr. Tailor was awarded a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowship. This allowed him to spend the last two years of residency at Sickkids in Toronto (2018-20). He went on to complete an ABPNS-accredited pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in 2021.

Dr. Tailor serves as surgical director of pediatric neurooncology at Riley Hospital for Children and is principal investigator of a brain tumor research laboratory studying brain tumorigenesis in cancer predisposition syndromes, such as neurofibromatosis. His research is supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) DHART SPORE, American Cancer Society and CURE Childhood Cancer.

Dr. Tailor became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) in 2018 and was board certified in neurosurgery by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC) in 2019. He became fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (FAANS) in 2023.

Outside of work, Dr. Tailor enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, swimming, playing golf with his son and watching movies. 

Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Education
    2013 PhD University of Cambridge
    2006 BMBCH University of Oxford
    2003 BA University of Oxford

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