A Commitment to Children and Families
Disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system in children can have wide-ranging effects on their development, function, and quality of life. When the child with a neurologic disorder is your child, you want the most advanced care available, provided by a team of experts who are well-versed in the latest treatments and delivered in a place that is kind, compassionate, and comfortable. When you bring your child to NewYork-Presbyterian for care, you will benefit from a team of distinguished specialists and subspecialists in every area of pediatrics. We also provide support and guidance not only for your child, but for his or her siblings and other family members during what can be a challenging time for everyone.
Our highly experienced pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons work together to care for children with the full range of neurological diseases and disorders, from the most common to the rarest. Parents bring their children to us from all over the country and the world for the treatment of:
- Epilepsy: We have one of the most active pediatric epilepsy programs on the East Coast and have special expertise in the care of children with difficult-to-treat seizures. For children whose seizures are not well controlled with medication, we may offer minimally invasive laser ablation to eliminate the part of the brain where seizures are arising (the "seizure focus") or traditional surgery to remove the seizure focus. We take a holistic approach to every child with epilepsy – assessing not only the biological basis of the seizures, but other factors in the child's life that may affect them. We also have dedicated pediatric units for monitoring children with seizures or suspected seizures.
- Brain and Spinal Tumors: We provide comprehensive care and clinical trials of investigational therapies for children with brain and spinal cord tumors (including participation in Children's Oncology Group studies). Our pediatric specialists are known for treating the most complex brain tumors in children, as well as benign conditions such as intracranial arachnoid cysts.
- Chronic Headaches: We have special programs for children and adolescents who suffer from migraines and other chronic headaches, featuring pediatric neurologists with special training in Headache Medicine.
- Traumatic Head Injuries/Concussion: Our pediatric subspecialists use sophisticated technologies to care for children with head injuries in our Pediatric Intensive Care Units. We also have dedicated Concussion Clinics to diagnose and monitor children with concussions, making sure your child is fully healing before resuming sports and other activities.
- Critical Care: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has the only Pediatric Neuro ICUs in the region. Our pediatric critical care specialists have extensive experience treating children who have sustained a traumatic brain or spinal injury, status epilepticus, encephalitis, meningitis, coma, stroke, or other serious neurologic disorder. Our pediatric intensivists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists, critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, and rehabilitation team provide cutting-edge treatment and diagnostic monitoring in a setting just for young patients.
- Craniofacial Deformities: The teams in our special craniofacial programs provide compassionate treatment, support, and healing for children and young adults with conditions involving the face, skull, and jaw, including congenital disorders such as cleft lip, cleft palate, and craniosynostosis. We perform minimally invasive surgery whenever possible.
- Neurofibromatosis: We have multidisciplinary medical clinics providing care to children living with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), and Schwannomatosis. Our clinics are recognized nationally by the Children's Tumor Foundation as affiliate clinics. We provide education, support, counseling, and comprehensive clinical care for your child and your family.
- Spasticity and Other Movement Disorders: The close collaboration of our pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons with orthopedists, physiatrists, nurse practitioners, and physical and occupational therapists allows us to treat spasticity and other movement disorders using a wide range of therapies, including selective dorsal rhizotomy and baclofen pumps. We tailor your child's care to help him or her regain or improve function. We provide education to your family as well.
- Tuberous Sclerosis: We have a dedicated team of healthcare professionals who collaborate to care for children with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a genetic disorder which can affect multiple organs. Your child benefits from multidisciplinary care that includes medical treatment and surgery when needed, with specialists and subspecialists from all fields available in one location.
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Muscular Dystrophy: NewYork-Presbyterian provides comprehensive multidisciplinary care for children with spinal muscular atrophy, muscular dystrophy, and other neuromuscular disorders, including diagnostic assessment, treatment, orthotic design, equipment recommendations, and genetic and nutritional counseling. We have a pediatric electromyographer and are the only hospital in the region offering muscle ultrasound to evaluate muscle function in pediatric patients.
- Complex Spinal Deformities: Our neurosurgeons have advanced the field of spinal instrumentation for treating deformities of the craniovertebral junction (where the skull meets the spine) in children.
- Hydrocephalus ("Water on the Brain"): Where appropriate, our neurosurgeons perform minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat hydrocephalus which don't involve the implantation of a shunt. These endoscopic approaches are not associated with the risk of infections and device malfunctions that sometimes occur with implanted shunts to drain the excess fluid.
- Chiari Malformation: We offer evaluation and treatment for children with Chiari malformation and other complex congenital malformations of the central nervous system, including spinal dyraphism (tethered spinal cord). Children receive a comprehensive neurologic evaluation and treatment plan that involves input from specialists in multiple disciplines, including surgical and nonsurgical therapies that focus on overall health and well-being.
- Pediatric Neuroimmunology: NewYork-Presbyterian is home to the only center in New York City offering dedicated care for children with neuroimmune disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating and autoimmune diseases. Our team members understand the special needs of children with these diseases.
- Fetal and Neonatal Neurology: Our renowned prenatal pediatric centers provide advanced prenatal diagnostic assessments, help parents understand what kind of care their child will need, and customize a coordinated program of care for babies before birth and during the newborn period.
- Pediatric Sleep Disorders: We have a dedicated Pediatric Neurology Sleep Program. We evaluate children with sleep disorders in sleep laboratories designed specifically for infants, children, and adolescents and their families. Once we identify the cause of your child’s sleep problem, our teams will tailor a plan of care to improve the quality of his or her sleep.
- Autism Care: Child neurologists work as part of NewYork-Presbyterian's team providing comprehensive care for children and adolescents with autism.