The pediatric neurosurgery service at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is a comprehensive team of health care providers that treats children from the Ohio-Indiana-Kentucky region as well as those drawn from around the United States and the world.
Because of the large volume of children treated by the neurosurgery service, efficiency, responsiveness, and—most importantly—exceptional care can be achieved only with a team approach.
Attending neurosurgeons, nurses and house staff all play an integral role in the care of these children. Pediatric nurse practitioners are vital to the pediatric neurosurgery service, providing care to inpatients and those in the ambulatory care setting.
Cincinnati Children’s has a strong and direct affiliation with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Attending pediatric neurosurgeons have dual appointments in the department of pediatrics and neurosurgery. Because of this longstanding affiliation and the pediatric neurosurgery service’s critical role in resident education, neurosurgical house staff coverage is provided at Cincinnati Children’s.
The resident’s prime responsibility is the care of hospitalized neurosurgical patients. Although the ICU and pediatric house staff are largely responsible for hour-to-hour inpatient care, the neurosurgical resident is responsible for the comprehensive implementation of this care.
Residents also participate in the evaluation of children in outpatient settings, which include faculty clinics and specialty clinics (e.g., myelomeningocele, craniofacial and spasticity).
Scholarly endeavors are central to the division’s goals. Current studies focus on the treatment of Chiari malformations and the application of neuroendoscopic procedures in pediatric neurosurgery.