Department of Neurosurgery | Patient Resources

Resources and Support

Here at the Boston Children's Hospital Department of Neurosurgery, we consider you and your child integral parts of the care team—not simply recipients of care. Wespecialize 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.

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Second Opinions

Boston Children's Neurosurgery Department

At Boston Children’s Hospital, we know how difficult it is—for everyone in the family—when your child has an injury or disorder that may require neurosurgical care. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I schedule an initial appointment with the Boston Children’s Neurosurgery Department?

A: You may request an initial appointment by calling 617-355-6008 or by using our “Request an appointment” form.

Please be sure you have the following information on hand:

  • your child’s full name, address and date of birth
  • your (or, if you are not the child’s parent/legal guardian, the official guardian’s) full name, address, phone number and relationship to the child
  • your insurance provider’s name (for example, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts), the name of the specific plan covering the child (for example, HMO Blue), and your subscriber identification number.
  • referrals or authorizations from your child's primary care doctor's office, if applicable

Q: What should I bring to my child’s neurosurgery appointment?

A: When you make your initial appointment, a member of the Boston Children's Neurosurgery Department staff will go over everything you’ll need on the day of your visit. A good checklist of take-along items should include:

  • your insurance card(s)
  • referrals or authorizations from your child's primary care doctor's office, if applicable
  • all medical or personal records, such as x-rays or lab tests, pertaining to your child’s condition
  • a list of your child's medications

Q: My child’s illness can be overwhelming for me sometimes. Does Boston Children’s offer a service that can help me get the information and additional support I may need?

A: Our Center for Families is dedicated to helping families find the information and resources they need to better understand their child’s medical condition and take part in their care. All patients, families and professionals are welcome to use the center's services at no extra cost.

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