Overview of Department of Neurology

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Contact the Department of Neurology

  • 617-355-6388
  • International: +1-617-355-5209
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    Monday-Friday 7:00am-8:00pm
Urgent care: If your child has sudden, serious symptoms that could signal a problem in the brain, contact your doctor immediately, go directly to an emergency room or call 911. 

Welcome to Boston Children's Hospital's Department of Neurology! We care for infants, children and adolescents with all types of neurologic and developmental disorders. From diagnosis through long-term follow up, we provide compassionate, comprehensive support to help every child reach his or her full potential. Science informs our care today and our work toward better care tomorrow.

We’re proud to uphold a historical legacy that dates to 1929, when we became the first dedicated child neurology service at a U.S. pediatric hospital. We went on to establish the country’s first pediatric epilepsy unit (in 1944), the first comprehensive pediatric sleep center (in 1978) and the first dedicated pediatric neurocritical care program (in 1996). 

Department of Neurology: Quick links

Neurology programs and services: Our neurologists care for children with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, birth defects, muscular dystrophies and other neuromuscular disorders, brain injury and concussion, neurodevelopmental disorders including autism, sleep problems, headache, multiple sclerosis and neuroinflammatory disorders, movement disorders, brain and spinal tumors, cerebrovascular disorders, metabolic disorders and more.

Patient and family resources: How to access our services, preparing for your appointment, care in the community, our patients’ stories and more. 

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Why our Department of Neurology is ranked #1

U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked Boston Children’s as having the nation’s #1 Neurology/Neurosurgery program. Here are a few reasons:

Comprehensive services: Through more than 20 specialized programs, we treat more nervous system conditions than any pediatric neurology program in the world, including rare and complex disorders. We offer advanced clinical services including a rapid response team, specialized Level 4 epilepsy care, genetics, rehabilitation programs and biofeedback treatment for headache.

Superior medical capabilities: With more than 60 child neurologists, 10 neuropsychologists and 30 certified neuroscience nurses and nurse practitioners, we offer highly specialized, individualized care. We have received high marks for medical best practices in neurology and neurosurgery and for use of the most advanced technologies, and have been accredited for high nursing standards by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Quality orientation: We collaborate with multiple specialists to ensure the best possible care. All children’s outcomes are tracked in a quality control database. We also share data with the Pediatric Neurocritical Care Research Group and the National Healthcare Safety Network to continually improve care.

Supportive, holistic care: Our broad-based team provides family-centered care to meet each child’s medical, emotional and educational needs. A family resource center, family support specialists, pediatric psychologists, social workers and a parent advisory committee are available to you and your child. We also house the hospital’s Bullying & Cyberbullying Prevention & Advocacy Collaborative (BACPAC).

Science and innovation: At any given time, our child neurologists are engaged in dozens of clinical trials to test new treatments. Our F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center is the nation’s top neuroscience hub with more than a dozen laboratories driving tomorrow’s treatments. Our doctors and scientists work together to bring advances into patient care.

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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