Brain Center Access Initiatives

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We’re doing everything we can to make it easier for you and your patients to access the specialists and services at Boston Children’s Hospital. Here are some new initiatives we’ve put in place:

Specifically, we’ve:

Neurology initiatives

Increased staffing has opened 150 more slots per month for general non-specialty cases, and 50 more slots per week for urgent/semi-urgent cases.

Your patients will get neurology appointments:

  • within two days for urgent cases
  • within 15 days for semi-urgent cases
  • with epilepsy specialists within five weeks.

We’ve expanded EEG services, with immediate appointments available at 617-355-7970.

Call our dedicated advice line* at 617-355-8348, where a specialist is available for consults—the same day you call.

*Our consult line is staffed by a Boston Children’s Neurology Attending who responds to requests for consultation within the hospital, and to requests from referring providers. The consult line assignment rotates on a weekly basis. In most cases, the Attending is able to respond to requests within 30 minutes. Please note that guidance to referring providers is based on information provided and serves only to inform the referring providers clinical decision making

Neurosurgery initiatives

We’ve increased our surgical capacity. New Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, Alan R. Cohen, MD, FACS, FAAP, has brought an emphasis on minimally invasive neurosurgery, backed by a research lab and fellowship dedicated to improving surgical outcomes.

Shenandoah (Dody) Robinson, MD, FAAP, known nationally for surgical treatment of spasticity and epilepsy, recently joined our practice—making Boston Children’s the largest pediatric neurosurgical practice in the world.  


Improving services at Boston Children's

Making comprehensive, subspecialty neurocare more accessible to your patients—and to you—is our top priority.

We encourage you to contact us directly at the numbers or email addresses below with any concerns.

Your colleagues in care,


Alan R. Cohen, MD, FACS, FAAP

Phone: 617-355-1484
Email: Alan Cohen


Scott L. Pomeroy, MD, PhD, FAAP

Phone: 617-355-6386
Email: Scott Pomeroy

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