Pediatric neurology relates to the study of infant's and children's central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord and the diagnosis and treatment of its disorders.
Since its founding in 1972, the Division of Pediatric Neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has become one of the nation’s premier centers for education, research and treatment of pediatric neurological disorders. We annually see more than 23,000 patients for conditions such as epilepsy, headache, cerebral palsy, and neurometabolic, neuro-oncologic, neurobehavioral and neurodevelopmental disorders.
In addition to our clinical work, we promote neurological research at all levels. Every day, our clinician-scientists work to find new and better ways to care for children with neurological problems. And our extensive education efforts are training the next generation of neurologists to advance the state-of-the art patient care and apply those advances to help children and their families.
Areas of Expertise
The division offers a wide range of specialized services for children with specific neurological conditions and their families. Experts from various specialties collaborate to develop a care plan for each child.
Each specialty program also has a clinical research component. Patients and families are invited to participate in our research, on a voluntary basis, to help advance knowledge about their children’s diseases.
- Comprehensive Epilepsy Program: This program provides therapies that help reduce the frequency of patient seizures, and our specialists work with patients and their families to help them better manage seizures that do occur. The program includes a New Onset Seizure Clinic to address the needs of children with new onset seizures and an Epilepsy Surgery Program for patients with intractable epilepsy.
- Headache Center: We offer the largest pediatric headache center in the United States. Our multidisciplinary team treats a wide range of headache pathologies.
- Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center: This clinic offers a multidisciplinary treatment approach for patients diagnosed with neuromuscular disorders.
- Movement Disorder Clinics / Tourette Syndrome Clinic: These clinics treat children with ataxias, chorea (including Sydenham’s chorea), drug-induced movement disorders, dystonias, paroxysmal dyskinesias, psychogenic movement disorders, tremor, Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders.
- Tuberous Sclerosis Program: Our clinic provides care for the unique needs of patients with suspected and diagnosed tuberous sclerosis.
- Neuro-Oncology Program: Our specialists work with cancer treatment experts to care for patients with cancers affecting the nervous system.
- Concussion Clinic: Patients 10 years of age and older who have suffered concussions may be referred to this clinic for injury analysis and treatment.
- Inflammatory Brain Disorders Clinic: This clinic cares for patients with multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating / inflammatory diseases.
- Ketogenic Diet Clinic: This clinic provides care for patients on ketogenic diets.
- Neonatal Follow-up Clinic: This clinic serves the various care needs of patients with pre-, peri- or neonatal neurological disorders.
- Neurometabolic Program: This clinic provides specialized care for patients with neurometabolic disorders, and advances the care and treatment of children with these disorders.
- Neuropsychological Evaluation: Our multidisciplinary team assesses the effect of diagnosed or suspected neurological diseases or developmental disorders on children’s cognition and behavior. We help referring physicians identify, diagnose and plan to treat neurological disorders.
- Sleep Clinic: We provide services to diagnose, assess and care for patients with sleep problems and neurological diseases.
- Stroke Follow-Up Clinic: We provide care for patients who have a history of stroke.
The Division of Pediatric Neurology at Cincinnati Children’s pursues a wide range of research topics. We are committed to advancing understanding of neurological disorders and the most effective methods to diagnose, manage and treat them. Along the way, our team of clinician-scientists is applying what we learn to give your patients the most advanced, up-to-date care available.
Our team has a long-standing interest in fMRI studies of language localization in both healthy children and children with neurological and developmental conditions. Mark Schapiro, MD, is using fMRI to study language activation patterns in patients with Down syndrome, and Anna Byars, PhD, continues her research of language activation in patients who have suffered a stroke.
Tuberous Sclerosis Program
This multispecialty program follows hundreds of patients with tuberous sclerosis and related disorders. Our team consists of specialists from neurology, nephrology, pulmonary medicine, human genetics, cardiology, psychiatry and other divisions at Cincinnati Children’s. We offer a range of cutting-edge neurosurgical interventions to address our patients’ specific needs.
The Headache Center
Our research at the Headache Center focuses on clinical trials and outcome studies. From our blood genomic study of pediatric migraine to our team members’ international educational work, we are advancing understanding of pediatric headache.