Why Choose Us
Access to World-Class Specialists
Your child's healthcare team has access to all of the various pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists who practice at NewYork-Presbyterian, ensuring that all of your child's medical needs can be addressed.
Strength in Collaboration
NewYork-Presbyterian’s pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons are internationally recognized for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of neurological diseases and disorders in children. As physicians affiliated with dedicated children’s hospitals, they collaborate with pediatric specialists in every field of medicine and surgery as needed, including neuroradiologists, anesthesiologists, neuropathology, nurses, child life advocates and social workers specially trained to work with children. Their knowledge and clinical expertise across the entire spectrum of pediatric disorders of the brain and spine, coupled with a multidisciplinary team approach, enables them to develop expertise in very rare movement disorders and other conditions such as gene therapy, prenatal surgery, cerebrovascular diseases, and craniovertebral junction abnormalities.
Innovators of The Latest Therapies for Movement Disorders
Recent breakthroughs in understanding and treatment, including new medications and advanced surgical techniques, have led to more successful treatment of a wide range of pediatric movement disorders. At NewYork-Presbyterian, our clinicians are at the forefront of innovation in the treatment of movement disorders. We offer a full range of treatment options, including Botox injections and baclofen pump therapy, physical and occupational therapy, orthotics, and neurosurgical and orthopedic surgical treatments. We perform a multidisciplinary team assessment to determine the most effective therapy or combination of treatments for your child.
Advanced Surgical Techniques and Technologies
Our pediatric neurosurgeons are highly experienced in advanced surgical techniques to treat movement disorders:
- Surgery with precision: Our pediatric neurosurgeons use the latest mapping and monitoring techniques to plan surgery to ensure the best outcomes while minimizing risk.
- Microsurgery: Our pediatric neurosurgeons use microsurgery procedures that involve the use of a high-powered operating microscope and specialized instruments to operate on small or delicate structures in the brain and spine. These microsurgical techniques enable our neurosurgeons to navigate with tremendous precision around the finest nerve endings and blood vessels to repair or remove a brain abnormality. Microsurgery has ultimately allowed our neurosurgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures, which offer patients smaller incisions, fewer complications, and faster recoveries.
- Minimally invasive surgery: Our pediatric neurosurgeons are able to utilize minimally invasive approaches to surgery in most of our pediatric patients, resulting in smaller incisions, less pain after surgery, less scarring, and a faster recovery. Minimally invasive operations allow children to recover faster with less pain after surgery, allowing them to begin the process of retraining their relaxed muscles with physical therapy and rehabilitation at an earlier stage.
Unique Neurology and Neurosurgery Specialty Centers
Across NewYork-Presbyterian, our world-class neurology and neurosurgery centers offer the most advanced care to children of all ages:
- The NeuroMotor Disorders Program at the NewYork-Presbyterian & Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Brain and Spine Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center brings together a multidisciplinary team of specialists from two Ivy League institutions who have been trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of movement disorders in children and adolescents.
- The Center for Movement Disorders at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center provides advanced neurosurgical treatments for children and adults with severe movement disorders when these conditions have resisted other forms of treatment. Our center is among the leaders in performing surgeries such as deep brain stimulation (DBS) and minimally invasive selective dorsal rhizotomy.
- The Movement Disorders Service at the NewYork-Presbyterian & Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center offers advanced treatment options for individuals affected by movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, essential tremor, ataxia, Tourette’s syndrome, myoclonus, and related conditions.
Seamless Access to Resources and Support Services
At NewYork-Presbyterian, patients and families have seamless access our vast resources, including on-staff neuropsychologists who offer testing and treatments for emotional and cognitive issues that may occur after a brain disorder. We also have a Parent-to-Parent program that can connect you personally with a parent whose child has been treated for the condition your child has.
Pioneers in the Field
Our pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons are actively involved in research to improve treatments for movement disorders in children of all ages, from newborns to young adults. We are committed to continue pursuing progress in the labs and at the bedside to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life for our patients.