Neurology and Neurosurgery

Boston Children's Hospital is a leading destination for the treatment of neurological disorders, developmental disabilities, and other brain-related problems in children. Our department is the oldest, largest, and most experienced of its kind in the world, and we have repeatedly been named the top pediatric neurology and neurosurgery program in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

Our team of physicians and surgeons is internationally recognized for its expertise in autism, epilepsy, brain tumors, and more. Most of the 50-plus child neurologists on our staff specialize in a specific type of disorder and are actively involved in research, ensuring that your child receives personalized care and state-of-the-art treatment, whatever the diagnosis may be.

We understand better than anyone that neurological disorders can be very frightening for children and families alike. While we're known for our science-driven approach, our doctors never forget that your child is a child -- not just a patient. Every step of the way, from the moment of diagnosis through long-term follow-up, our staff provides compassionate and comprehensive support to help you and your child stay as calm and comfortable as possible. We're dedicated to your family's overall well-being.

Conditions We Treat

Our 25-plus specialized clinical programs cover a wide range of complex nervous-system conditions in children, including:

  • Epilepsy and seizure disorder
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brain tumors
  • Chiari malformation
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Spina bifida
  • Cerebrovascular disorders (such as Moyamoya disease)

Our Family-Centered Approach

We view you and your child as integral parts of the care team -- not simply recipients of care. We specialize in family-centered care, which means that from your very first visit, you'll work with doctors and nurses who are committed to providing world-class treatment for your child as well as emotional and educational support for your whole family.

To provide this comprehensive care, our department draws on the expertise of specialists from across the hospital. Our multidisciplinary teams include not just neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses, and other specialists within the department, but also experts from other areas -- such as psychiatry -- that help us address all the medical, physical, and emotional needs of your child and family.

Research and Innovation

Research plays a critical role in the care we provide. Our physicians are constantly developing new programs, tests, and surgical procedures, while our team of neuroscientists is working to improve our basic understanding of brain diseases in children -- why they occur and how they can be detected earlier. Our doctors and scientists collaborate to quickly move research breakthroughs from the laboratory to the bedside, so your child has access to the most advanced care possible.

Some of our department's notable advances and initiatives include:

  • Laser ablation surgery. We've developed and refined minimally invasive techniques for brain and spinal cord surgery that result in reduced recovery times and fewer complications for our patients. We are one of the few hospitals to offer a new, minimally invasive laser therapy to remove diseased tissue or tumors that are too deep inside the brain to safely access with traditional surgical methods.
  • High-tech imaging. We were the first pediatric hospital to have a full-sized MRI machine as part of an operating room. By taking images before, during, and after an operation, surgeons can determine if additional tissue should be removed while a child is still on the operating table. This allows them to remove as much diseased tissue as possible while minimizing damage to healthy, developing tissue.
  • New surgical approaches. Our neurosurgical team has developed new treatments for pediatric cavernous malformations. For children with Moyamoya disease, we developed an operation known as pial synangiosis. It stimulates new blood vessels to grow in the brain and has been shown to be safe and effective in reducing stroke risk in children with Moyamoya disease.

Our physicians are currently leading or collaborating in more than 20 clinical trials, providing our patients access to treatments and technologies that are available nowhere else.

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