Neurology 

Specialized Programs

In addition to our specialized pediatric neurology programs and centers, we offer expertise in the following:

Pediatric Craniofacial Center

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

Pediatric Concussion Clinic

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.

Chronic Headache

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.

Neonatal Neurology

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.

Traumatic Brain Injury

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.

Neurocritical Care

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.

Spasticity

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.

Stroke and Intracranial Bleeding

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.

Tumors of the Brain and Spine

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.

Neurogenetics

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:

  • malformations of the brain
  • unexplained mental retardation and cerebral palsy
  • autism
  • neurodegenerative diseases
  • other familial neurological conditions

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Division of Child Neurology
505 East 70th Street
Helmsley Tower, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10021

Phone: (212) 746-3278
Fax: (212) 746-8137

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