|Samuel Neff, MD
It is with great sorrow that St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia
shared the news of the sudden and untimely death of Samuel Neff, MD. Dr. Neff
was a brilliant pediatric and adult neurosurgeon who had been part of the St.
Christopher’s family since 1997. Dr. Neff had a background in physical sciences,
electronics, high-level and assembly language programming, microprocessor systems,
real-time systems, neurophysiology and biophysics. He earned his bachelor’s
degree in physics and astronomy at Haverford College and his medical degree
from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Neff wrote or coauthored numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters
and abstracts and was the founder and scientific director of Neuro Diagnostic
Devices, the company that will manufacture his invention ShuntCheck, a noninvasive
device for measuring cerebrospinal fluid flow through shunts. Dr. Neff was
also working with a colleague to develop a battery-operated version of another
device he designed known as SCIPS, a permanently implantable, self-contained
intracranial pressure sensor that allows noninvasive ICP monitoring.
Dr. Neff is survived by his wife Janine, and three sons Robert, Jonathan, and Daniel.
The Pediatric Section extends its deepest sympathy to Dr. Neff’s family and to his colleagues at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.