Department of Neurosurgery

Diseases and disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system often involve serious symptoms and call for complex surgical treatments. If your child has been diagnosed with a condition requiring neurosurgery, our team of experienced and caring doctors, nurses and staff is ready to help.

Here at the Boston Children's Hospital Department of Neurosurgery, our specialists provide advanced clinical care with a focus on using minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.

Our depth of experience in neurosurgery

Boston Children's was among the first hospitals in the world to focus on pediatric neurosurgery as a specialty. Our team includes surgeons, physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, imaging professionals, psychologists and social workers who work together to deliver integrated, personalized care for every child.

Our doctors are involved in scientific research that offers new hope for children with brain, spine and nervous system disorders. Boston Children’s has developed and refined some of the most influential advances in pediatric neurosurgery, including:

  • pial synangiosis, a surgical procedure that relocates healthy blood vessels in the brain to treat moyamoya
  • ETV/CPC, an alternative to traditional shunt placement for some children with hydrocephalus and spina bifida
  • linear accelerator radiosurgery, a highly efficient form of radiotherapy that targets tumors in the brain while minimizing damage to surrounding, healthy tissue
  • a non-invasive device that measures subtle changes in children’s head size, enabling earlier diagnosis of craniosynostosis and plagiocephaly.

In addition, Boston Children’s is one of the only pediatric hospitals in the world to dedicate full clinical programs to rare, life-threatening conditions like moyamoya. We were also the first pediatric hospital in the country to introduce magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in a neurosurgical operating room. Our intraoperative MR allows doctors to view detailed, “real-time” images of the brain and spine during surgery.

Why choose the Boston Children’s Department of Neurosurgery?

Here at the Department of Neurosurgery, we consider you and your child integral parts of the care team — not simply recipients of care. We specialize in family-centered treatment, which means that from your first visit, you’ll work with a team of professionals who are committed to meeting your child's medical needs while providing emotional, psychosocial and educational support for your family.

When you come to the Neurosurgery Department, you’ll meet experienced neurosurgeons who are extensively familiar with children’s developing brains and specially trained to perform precise surgeries that minimize impact on healthy, surrounding tissue.

We are always available to offer a second opinion for your child and to set up a consultation with one of our specialists. Now you can access the expertise of a world-renowned pediatric specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital from the comfort of your own home.

The Online Second Opinion Program at Boston Children’s Hospital allows patients and families with complex medical questions or concerns access to an expert second opinion from our pediatric specialists without having to physically travel to Boston.