Brain Center Meet our Team

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Global leaders in all medical areas relating to a child's developing brain

Our experts are specifically trained in caring for children and in diagnosing and treating all types of pediatric conditions affecting the brain.  The Brain Center team is made up of more than 100 doctors, including some of the world’s top pediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, psychologists and developmental behavioral pediatricians. 

Clinical leadership



Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD
Neurologist-in-chief

Alan Cohen
MD, FACS, FAAP
Neurosurgeon-in-chief


David DeMaso
MD
Psychiatrist-in-Chief
Leonard A Rappaport
MD, MS
Chief, Developmental Medicine


Shaping the future of pediatric neurosurgery

Boston Children's Hospital is thrilled to welcome our new neurosurgeon-in-chief, Alan Cohen, MD, FACS, FAAP. Dr. Cohen comes to us from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was chief of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and surgeon-in-chief.

Dr. Cohen succeeds R. Michael Scott, MD, who has served as neurosurgeon-in-chief and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery for 23 years. Dr. Scott will continue to see patients at Children's for the foreseeable future.

Learn more.

Brain Center physicians

For a comprehensive look at physicians within the Brain Center, view each team on its respective program page.  If you're looking for a specific physician, you can use our Find a Doctor feature.

Physician pages for select departments and divisions:

Neurology Department   Psychiatry Department
Neurosurgery Department   Division of Developmental Medicine

Access to Children’s network of pediatric experts

  • Boston Children's Hospital ranked #1 in more specialties than any other pediatric hospital in the United States, which means our physicians have access to the world's best network of care for your child.

Global leadership

  • Boston Children’s has established the first Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program in the United States, dedicated to protecting and treating the brains of critically ill children.
     

  • Our experts in ophthalmology, genetics and neurology have identified the genes responsible for congenital strabismus, and offer one of the leading programs in the country to treat this condition.
     

  • Children’s psychiatrists have a 50-year history of tending to the mental health of children, adolescents and their families by caring for patients and advocating on their behalf.
     

  • The developmental behavioral pediatricians and psychologists at Children’s are regarded as national leaders for their expertise in, and research on, the most common conditions affecting a child’s brain.
     

  • All of our doctors are also members of the Harvard Medical School faculty

Brain Center nurses and staff by department

For a comprehensive list of nurses and staff within the Brain Center, view each team on its respective program page.

Nurses and staff pages for select departments and divisions:

Neurology Nurses and Staff
Psychiatry Nurses and Staff
Neurosurgery Nurses and Staff
  Developmental Medicine Nurses and Staff

Experienced neuroscience nursing professionals and support staff

Neurosciences nurses with special training in caring for young patients with brain conditions oversee our inpatient care areas, as well as work in our outpatient clinics.

  • Nurses and staff members run special services within our treatment programs, such as the Ketogenic Diet Service, which teaches children and families to control epileptic seizures by following a special diet.

  • Child Life specialists, social workers and many other staff members provide additional care, so all of your child and family’s physical, emotional and mental needs are met.

Your care team

The Boston Children's Hospital Brain Center team includes the following pediatric specialists: 

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
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