The Weill Cornell Medicine Division of Pediatric Neurology has a long history of excellent patient care, providing both inpatient and outpatient management of all pediatric neurological problems, including epilepsy, concussion and metabolic disorders. Our team of pediatric neurologists, nurse practitioners and dieticians provide state-of-the-art, individualized care for children and their families.
Our neurologists and neurosurgeons provide care for all pediatric neurological diseases and disorders, including:
We diagnose and treat the full spectrum of developmental brain disorders, including specialized expertise in the following areas:
The Pediatric Comprehensive Epilepsy Program offers a full range of services to care for the most complex cases of epilepsy in children, with capabilities are augmented by the creation of a dedicated pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit. An accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause of the epilepsy, identification of associated learning and behavioral conditions, and continuous EEG monitoring to define seizure type allow for a tailored intervention for children and their families. Medications, ketogenic diet plans and a wide range of surgical approaches are available. Our center serves as a referral unit for second opinions and can assume care when requested.
Learn more: Epilepsy Program
Our neurologists work closely with the Division of Medical Genetics to pursue genetic diagnoses to explain the origins of abnormal brain development - the "why" and "how" a neurologic problem developed. This information is important for predicting outcomes as children approach adulthood, searching for specific medical interventions, and critical in assessing familial risks for recurrence. Brain development disorders that our neurologists specialize in include malformations of the brain, unexplained mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, neurodegenerative diseases, refractory epilepsy and other familial neurological conditions.
Learn more: Neurogenetics, Neurofibromatosis & Neuro-Oncology Program
The Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Concussion Clinic brings a rational, science-based approach to the assessment and management of concussion. Our team consists of specially trained pediatric neurologists, neuropsychologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, and vestibular and physical therapists who provide integrated state-of-the-art care for patients and their families following traumatic brain injuries.
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The Leukodystrophy Center (LC) aims to provide the most comprehensive care available to children affected by neurogenetic disorders, with a special focus on the leukodystrophies. We provide a multidisciplinary approach to care, which is a team effort between the patient, physicians, parents, social workers, nutritionists, and mental health professionals as necessary. The LC specializes in the diagnosis, counseling, surveillance, and treatment of children with leukodystrophy. Additionally, we aim to connect patients and families with patient advocacy groups and research opportunities to make accurate diagnoses, strengthen disease-specific support networks, and to make inroads towards treatments for the often devastating neurological diseases of childhood.
Learn more: Leukodystrophy Center
Pediatric strokes and intracranial bleeding are frequently accompanied by blood vessel abnormalities in and around the brain that require rapid assessment and appropriate interventions to prevent subsequent catastrophic events. Using specific imaging techniques and surgical tools, our interventional radiologists and neurosurgeons treat conditions including ArterioVenous Malformation (AVM), cerebral aneurysm and moyamoya disease.
Our neurology specialists collaborate with physicians and pediatricians specializing in neurosurgery, neuroradiology, radiation therapy and oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, to offer state-of-the-art evaluations for children with nervous system tumors and those at risk of developing them. Our collaborative practice yields multidisciplinary case discussions and attracts pediatric patients with neurofibromatosis and tuberous sclerosis from across the nation. Our specialists develop and apply novel neurosurgical techniques to treat pediatric tumors and minimize their sequelae.
Neurologists play an integral role in the care of newborn infants with brain abnormalities. Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) neonatologists treat babies with Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), a condition arising from lack of oxygen at birth, and have demonstrated that reducing a baby's core body temperature for several days while monitoring their brain activity with EEG can reduce long-term damage. Neonates with other nervous system abnormalities also benefit from our collaborative neonatology teams, who aid with treatment of both acute and long-term conditions.
Otherwise normal children may develop acute systemic illnesses that place the brain at risk of injury. Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) critical care physicians, neurologists and neurosurgeons provide expert care for children who have sustained a traumatic brain or spinal injury, status epilepticus, encephalitis, meningitis or coma. Our rapid availability of neurodiagnostic studies, and our physicians who review, interpret and work together to intervene, allow us to produce an unparalleled amount of optimal outcomes. This expertise is transferred to high-risk patients who undergo cardiac or cerebral surgeries, who are cared for by the specially trained neurological staff of our PICU.
Children with brain and spinal cord disorders frequently experience abnormalities of extremity movement that impair their movement and interfere with their care. We treat this tightness, or spasticity, with a wide range of interventions administered through the close collaboration of our neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedists, physiatrists, nurse practitioners, and physical and occupational therapists. Our neurosurgeons and neurologists have over 10 years of experience treating spastic conditions, utilizing modalities including Baclofen pumps, and provide ongoing consultation and/or management for our spastic patients.