• Leaders in Brain Surgery and Treatment and Research of Neurological Diseases

    Gabriel Soto and his family moved from Puerto Rico to Cincinnati just so he could be close to the specialists who knew know to treat his rare form of encephalitis.

    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. 7 in the nation in the 2014-15 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 have every subspecialty in child neurology, as many or more than any other pediatric hospital in the US, and we continue to grow,” says Andrew Hershey, MD, PhD, director, Division of Neurology. “We have seven new faculty members starting in July that will expand our team to 45 physicians and scientists.”

    Why We Stand Out

    • Our BrainSUITE-fitted operating rooms underwent a significant upgrade in 2014 to incorporate  state-of-the-art neuronavigation to help our surgeons safely reach and remove tumors and other brain lesions that previously were considered too deep or risky for surgery. 
    • We collaborate with other pediatric institutions at national and international levels to improve pediatric neurosurgical care for all of our patients.
    • 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 determine the best medicines and dose levels for treating for 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.

    “In the past year we have added two additional pediatric neurosurgeons and expanded services to include a comprehensive pediatric cerebrovascular program and multidisciplinary spasticity clinic,” says Francesco Mangano, DO, director of the Division of Neurosurgery. “On the research front, our faculty continues to obtain external funding from agencies like the NIH and the Hydrocephalus Association as well as internal funding to further the field of pediatric neurosurgery research.”