Boston Children's Neurosurgery team is ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
Neurosurgery caregiver glossary
Here are some of the caregivers you and your child may meet in our Neurosurgery Department:
specially trained surgeons who perform operations on the brain and spine
psychologists who are trained to assess cognitive, behavioral, emotional and social functions in children with neurological diseases and disorders (learn more about neuropsychology at Boston Children's)
physicians who focus on understanding the nervous system’s many biological processes
- nurse practitioners
registered nurses with advanced training in pediatrics and the neurosciences; they oversee treatment plans, prescribe medications and consult with neurosurgeons and other clinicians to find the best course of care
- neuroscience nurses
registered nurses who specialize in caring for children with neurological diseases and disorders
- registered EEG technologists/certified long-term-monitoring technologists
experts in the use of instruments like electroencephalograms (EEG) that can record electrical activity within the brain and nervous system
physicians who use imaging technologies to diagnose and study disorders and diseases of the brain, spine, head, neck and nervous system
- radiation oncologists
physicians trained in the use of radiation therapy to treat specific cancers, including brain tumors
physicians who oversee and administer the usage and effects of anesthesia before, during and after a patient’s surgery
- surgical care coordinators
registered nurses who facilitate all surgical appointments and testing for neurosurgery patients
- social workers
licensed professionals who offer counseling to patients and their families, and help recommend other resources for emotional, educational and community support
- Child Life specialists
specially trained professionals who teach patients to express their fears and concerns through play, and help them be more comfortable in the hospital environment
staff members who help coordinate all appointments and testing, and facilitate communication between families and caregivers
Welcoming Dr. Alan Cohen, new Neurosurgeon-in-Chief
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.
Learn more about Dr. Cohen.
Celebrating the career and contributions of Dr. Michael Scott
R. Michael Scott, MD, is stepping down as neurosurgeon-in-chief and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Boston Children's Hospital after 23 years in both positions. He will, however, continue to see patients at Boston Children's for the foreseeable future.
Watch Dr. Scott discussing the game-changing surgery he developed to treat Moyamoya disease.
Learn more about Dr. Scott.