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Jonathan Porter Castillo, MD, MPH


Developmental Pediatrics

Contact Information

The Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics
8080 North Stadium Drive, Suite 100
United States
Texas US

Phone: 832-822-3400
Fax: 832-825-3399

Jonathan Porter Castillo, MD, MPH


School Education Degree Year
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center fellowship Developmental/Behavioral Pedi. 2012
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center professional education Neurodevelopment 2011
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center research fellow Pediatrics 2008
Johns Hopkins University masters Master of Public Health 2008
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center residency Pediatrics 2005
University of Utah medical school Doctor of Medicine 2001

Personal Statement

Dr. Castillo graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine and subsequently completed a pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. From 2005 to 2008, he completed a National Research Service Award Fellowship in General Pediatric Research, also at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In 2008, Dr. Castillo obtained a master of public health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. In the same year, he joined the Division of General & Community Pediatrics as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. In 2012, he also completed a fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics also at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He has been a member of the National Hispanic Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academic Pediatric Association, and the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

He is currently a faculty member in the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital/BCM. In this position, he has teaching responsibilities for fellows and residents and collaborates with faculty in his department who are particularly focused on education and training regarding issues of global health, immigrant health, racial/ethnic disparities. His continuing interest is the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs related to trainee education in global health and disparities issues. He also collaborates with colleagues pursuing academic activities related to matters of equity in medicine and in processes that address them, principally with regard to the clinical care of Latino and Limited English Proficiency patients with Spina Bifida. He has been involved with a number of projects in Latin America and has ongoing work in Nicaragua.

His research interests include: Spina Bifida, Fetal Interventions Impacting Neurodevelopment, and Global Health Education.


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow
Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Member

Selected Publications

Castillo J, Castillo H, Brei TJ. Guidelines and scientifically-based spina bifida care: Guidance across the lifespan in a global health context. J Pediatr Rehabil Med 2020;13(4):453-455.

Queally JT, Barnes MA, Castillo H, Castillo J, Fletcher JM. Neuropsychological care guidelines for people with spina bifida. J Pediatr Rehabil Med 2020;13(4):663-673.

Gandy K, Castillo H, Rocque B, Bradko V, Whitehead W, Castillo J. Neurosurgical training and global health education: systematic review of challenges and benefits of in-country programs in the care of neural tube defects. Neurosurg Focus 2020 Mar 1;48(3):E14.

Castillo J, Gandy K, Bradko V, Castillo H. Language and Latinos Living with Spina Bifida: Social Determinants of Health – the Missing Dimension in Quality of Life Research. J Pediatr Rehabil Med 2019 Dec 19:345-359.

Castillo J, Brei TJ. Immigration and transition: Changing demographics forecast the emerging trends in spina bifida care. J Pediatr Rehabil Med 2019 Dec 19.

Bradko V, Castillo H, Janardhan S, Dahl B, Gandy K, Castillo J. Towards Guideline-Based Management of Tethered Cord Syndrome in Spina Bifida: A Global Health Paradigm Shift in the Era of Prenatal Surgery. Neurospine 2019 Dec;16(4):715-727.

Bradko V, Hill J, Castillo H, Castillo J. Team Approach: Managing Skin Injury Among Individuals Living With Myelomeningocele. JBJS Rev. 2019 Mar;7(3):e1.

Castillo J. Social Determinants of Health and Spina Bifida Care: Immigrant and Minority Health in an Era of Quality of Life and Multicenter Comparative Analysis. J Pediatr Rehabil Med 2018;11(4):213-216.

Castillo J, Lupo PJ, Tu DD, Agopian AJ, Castillo H. The National Spina Bifida Patient Registry: A Decade's Journey. Birth Defects Res 2018 Nov 6;:e1407.

Castillo J, Castillo H. Global Health and Chronic Non-communicable Conditions: Spina Bifida Care Across a Worldwide Community. J Pediatr Rehabil Med 2017 Dec 11;10(3-4):167-168.

Jimenez-Gomez A, Castillo H, Burckart C, Castillo J. Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy to Address Hydrocephalus in Africa: A call for education and community-based rehabilitation. J Pediatr Rehabil Med 2017 Dec 11;10(3-4):267-273.

Castillo J, Ostermaier K, Fremion E, Huang G, Tu D, Castillo H. Urologic self-management through intermittent self-catheterization among individuals with spina bifida: A journey to self-efficacy and autonomy. J Pediatr Rehabil Med 2017 Dec 11;10(3-4):219-226.

Stanton B, Castillo J. Brief Overview of United States Involvement in Global Health Training Since World War II. J Pediatr 2012 Jan; 160(1):1-2.e1.

Castillo J, Castillo H, DeWitt TG. Opportunities in Global Health Education: A Survey of the Virtual Landscape. J Grad Med Educ 2011; 3(3):429-432.