Brain Center Overview

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Here at our Center, we treat and prevent the most common and complex childhood brain and nervous system diseases and injuries and mental health conditions.

Working together with neuroscience nurses, audiologists and physical and occupational therapists, our team offers young children with brain diseases, disorders and injuries the world's best care.

Taylor's Story: A Brain Tumor with a Positive Outcome

Shortly after 10 year-old Taylor began having headaches, a CT scan revealed a brain tumor that her doctor thought could be cancerous. Taylor's mother Lori decided to bring Taylor to see Dr. Alan Cohen at Boston Children's Hospital for treatment.    

Learn more about Taylor's amazing story here:

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Popular Brain Center destinations

Getting closer to personalizing medulloblastoma treatment

Personalized treatment for medulloblastomas—most common malignant childhood brain tumor—is coming closer, thanks to the discovery by Boston Children's Neurologist-in-Chief Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD, of the gene mutations that fuel the tumor's four distinct subtypes. Learn more.

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Expert Care

Helping children and families with compassionate, expert care

R. Michael Scott, Scott Pomeroy, David DeMasoHere at the Boston Children's Hospital Brain Center, our experienced clinicians treat each child as an individual—and involve the entire family in the treatment process.

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Our caregivers are dedicated to providing outstanding medical and surgical care for your child, while offering essential support for your family.

The information on our web site will help you learn more about how the Brain Center helps children and families facing a broad spectrum of conditions, including:

cerebral palsy

brain and spinal cord tumors

psychiatric disorders

psychological complications of chronic illness

head trauma

multiple sclerosis

epilepsy

developmental disorders

hydrocephalus

spinal cord injuries

spina bifida

major depression

neurological disorders

general anxiety

Clinical highlights

 Our Brain Tumor Program, offered through Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center, is one of the largest programs of its type in the country

We offer more Phase I clinical trials than any other program in New England, as well as access to the Northeast Proton Therapy Center.

We are nationally recognized as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers for delivering the highest level of care, including comprehensive evaluation, testing, treatment and counseling for children with epilepsy and seizures.

Our Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders, founded by renowned childhood sleep specialist and former director Richard A. Ferber, MD, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric sleep disorder programs in the United States.

Our psychiatrist-in-chief, David DeMaso, MD, and his colleagues have helped develop the Experience Journal for children and caregivers living with conditions such as cerebral palsy and depression. This online resource offers candid thoughts from kids and families, as well as reflections from health care providers.

We are the only center in the country with an outpatient addiction center for kids, the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP).

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Recent News

U.S. News Ranking: Boston Children's departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery are ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about our high scores in volume, infection prevention, and reputation.

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Dr. Benjamin Warf Among Winners of 2012 ‘Genius’ Grants: AANS Neurosurgeon reports in its "Who's Making Headlines" section that Ben Warf, MD is a 2012 MacArthur grant award winner.

For more news from Children's, check out our newsroom.

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Patient Stories

Elijah's story: Sweet Dreams

“We couldn't consider it from a more favorable perspective.” That’s how Kathy and Michael Cunningham describe their feelings about polysomnography (sleep study), now that their 5-year-old son, Elijah, has recently undergone the procedure at the Boston Children’s Hospital Sleep Laboratories.

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The praise is even more compelling when you consider the source: Elijah’s dad is Michael J. Cunningham, MD, FACS, Boston Children’s otolaryngologist-in-chief.

In addition to talking in his sleep, Elijah had been waking repeatedly throughout the night—a potential symptom of what is called a “non-REM parasomnia” (sleep disruption that occurs outside of the deep, rapid-eye-movement stage of sleep), possibly related to obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS)... Read the full story.

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