Dr. Ben Warf thought the prospects were poor that Ugandan children with hydrocephalus, or an excess of water on the brain, could be successfully treated by implanting a drainage tube. So, in the early 2000s, Warf devised an alternative that reduced the number of infants who needed shunts by about two-thirds, and it became the standard of care at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he is a neurosurgeon. The 54-year-old from Lexington has been named a 2012 MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
Unlimited access to BostonGlobe.com for only 99 cents for the first 4 weeks.Sign up
Are you a home delivery subscriber?
Get FREE access as part of your print subscriptionStart Here
Contact us for help