In addition to our specialized pediatric neurology programs and centers, we offer expertise in the following:
Physicians from the Division of Child Neurology are members of the Komansky Center’s craniofacial and cleft team, an interdisciplinary group of healthcare professionals dedicated to the care of infants, children, and adolescents born with malformations of the face, mouth, ears, and skull, and children who require reconstructive work following trauma, burns, and cancer.
For more information, visit the Pediatric Craniofacial Program web page
The Pediatric Concussion Clinic is dedicated to the rapid assessment of a child’s brain function following mild traumatic brain injury. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please visit our Pediatric Concussion Clinic.
Led by Dr. Zuhal Ergonul, our headache clinic provides diagnosis and treatment for chronic headache. Dr. Ergonul is one of the very few board-certified neurologists with subspecialty board certification in both child neurology and headache medicine.
The Division’s neurologists play an integral role in the care of newborn infants with abnormalities of the brain such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (damage to cells in the brain and spinal cord from inadequate oxygen). They have demonstrated that reducing the baby’s core body temperature for several days while monitoring their brain activity with electroencephalography (EEG) can reduce long-term damage.
The management of children with traumatic brain injury requires the coordination of multiple pediatric sub-specialties and sophisticated technologies in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Cutting-edge treatment is provided by the pediatric intensivist, neurosurgeon, neurologist, neuroradiologist, critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, and rehabilitation team. From the moment a child is admitted to the PICU, care is designed to maximize the potential to recover from this devastating event. The family-centered approach ensures that parents are always actively involved in their child’s care plan. As part of its ongoing effort to achieve even higher levels of excellence, the PICU is participating in international research designed to develop new strategies to further improve outcomes after brain injury.
Pediatric neurologists as well as the Hospital’s pediatric neurosurgeons and critical care physicians in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) have extensive experience caring for children who have sustained a traumatic brain/spinal injury, status epilepticus, encephalitis, meningitis, or have gone into a coma. The rapid availability of neurodiagnostic studies and physicians who can review, interpret, and work together to intervene results in optimal outcomes. This expertise is also provided to high-risk patients who undergo cardiac or brain surgery.
Children with brain and spinal cord disorders frequently have abnormalities of extremity movement – spasticity, or tightness – that impair their movement and interfere with their care. The close collaboration of neurologists in the Division of Child Neurology with neurosurgeons, orthopedists, physiatrists, nurse practitioners, as well as physical and occupational therapists, allows us to treat spasticity with a wide range of interventions, including Baclofen pumps. The neurologists and neurosurgeons can provide ongoing consultation and/or management of spasticity.
Pediatric neurovascular interventional radiologists provide rapid assessment and intervention for children with strokes and intracranial bleeding to prevent subsequent catastrophic events. Using specific imaging techniques and surgical tools, interventional radiologists and neurosurgeons at the Komansky Center for Children’s Health have a vast experience in treating conditions such as arteriovenous malformations, cerebral aneurysms, and Moya-Moya disease.
The Division of Child Neurology, in conjunction with neurosurgery, neuroradiology, radiation therapists, oncologists, and physicians at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, offers state-of-the-art evaluations for children who have – or are at risk for – tumors of the nervous system. The multidisciplinary program receives referrals from across the country to treat patients who have neurofibromatosis and tuberous sclerosis. Novel neurosurgical techniques are being developed and applied to treat the tumors and minimize complications and secondary conditions.
The Division’s neurologists work with the Department of Genetics to investigate the development of neurologic problems with the goal of providing medical interventions, predicting outcomes, and assessing familial risks for recurrence. These disorders include:
Barry Kosofsky, MD, PhD Pediatric Neurology, Developmental Disorders, Prenatal Diagnosis, Prenatal Drug Exposure, Autism
Murray Engel, MD Pediatric Neurology, Epilepsy, Pediatric Epilepsy, Neurophysiology, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Zuhal Ergonul, MD, PhD Pediatric Neurology, Concussion, Headache
Zachary Grinspan, MD Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Epilepsy
Sabiha Merchant, MD, BS Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Epilepsy, ADHD in Children, Adolescents and College Students, Movement Disorders, Tourette Syndrome, Neurometabolic Disorders
Juliann Paolicchi, MD, MA Pediatric Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurology
Praveen Raju, MD, PhD Pediatric Neurology
Gail Ellen Solomon, MD Epilepsy, Neurophysiology, Pediatric Neurology, Seizure Disorders
Wendy S. Vargas, MD Child Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis, Acute Demyelinating Encephalomyelitis, Transverse Myelitis, Optic Neuritis, Clinically Isolated Syndrome, Neuromyelitis Optica, Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis, PANDAS
Kaleb Yohay, MD Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Neuro-Oncology, Neurofibromatosis, Neurofibromatosis Type 1, Neurofibromatosis Type 2, Schwannomatosis
Division of Child Neurology
505 East 70th Street
Helmsley Tower, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 746-3278
Fax: (212) 746-8137
For office hours and staff information, view our medical practice page.