About Cincinnati Children's

  • Leaders in Brain Surgery, Treatment and Research

    Adam.Adam Zust has learned to walk and talk again after suffering a childhood stroke.

    Jenna Weber is finding answers to why she has suffered so long with chronic migraine headaches.

    Every day, children with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, brain tumors, birth defects and many other brain and nervous system disorders turn to Cincinnati Children’s for care that often could not be provided closer to home. Our neurology and neurosurgery services were ranked No. 4 in the nation in the 2013-14 list of America’s best pediatric hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.

    More than 23,000 children a year visit here to receive care from our team of board certified neurologists, highly skilled pediatric neurosurgeons and experienced nurses, nurse practitioners and other specialists.

    “We’ve had solid progress for several years. By expanding our staff and adding new  clinical programs we continue to take care of any patient with a simple or complex neurological problem who comes to our door,” says Francesco Mangano, DO,  chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s.

    Why We Stand Out

    • Our BrainSUITE system creates 3D brain maps that help our surgeons safely reach and remove tumors and other brain lesions that previously were considered too deep or risky for surgery.
    • We have developed special expertise in treating epilepsy, brain and spinal tumors, Chari malformations, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, tuberous sclerosis and more.
    • We perform fetal surgery on patients with spine defects known as myelomeningoceles in collaboration with our nationally recognized Cincinnati Fetal Center.
    • We are leading the nation’s largest pediatric migraine research study – a project involving 40 medical centers – to better define the best medicines and dose levels for treating chronic migraines.
    • We also help children and families manage the full range of developmental issues that can occur with brain disorders – from learning disabilities to metabolic conditions.

    “We have more subspecialty programs in neurology than any other pediatric hospital in the US, and we continue to grow,” says Andrew Hershey, MD, PhD, associate director of research in neurology. “We have five new faculty members starting in July that will expand our team to 39 faculty members.”