Neurology | Overview
As of January 2, 2021, we are asking families to use the MyChildren’s Patient Portal for all nonurgent and routine communications. This allows our staff to properly triage and direct your message to the appropriate member of your care team for a quick and complete resolution. Examples of nonurgent messages include:
- prescription renewals, including controlled substances (unless you are out of medication)
- scheduling questions
- nonurgent clinical questions (such as questions about your care plan)
- other nonurgent questions for your provider
- ordering durable medical equipment (DME)
Using the MyChildren’s Patient Portal lets you bypass hold times on the phone and receive a reply within two business days. You can also use the portal for features such as scheduling follow-up visits at a time most convenient for you, completing pre-check-in activities, and accessing updated information on COVID-19. You can learn more and sign up for the MyChildren’s Patient Portal here.
The Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Neurology cares 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.
7 questions parents should ask in seeking neurologic care: A list of questions to ask when comparing different centers and programs.
Why choose us?
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Boston Children’s Hospital as having the nation’s #1 Neurology/Neurosurgery program. Here are a few reasons:
Through nearly 40 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 psychologists and 30 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.
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.
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).
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 two dozen laboratories driving tomorrow’s treatments. Our doctors and scientists work together to bring research advances into patient care.
Nathan’s rare diagnosis and happy recovery
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