When children have uncontrolled seizures, unexplainable headaches, or rare diseases like cerebral palsy or Duchenne muscular dystrophy, families from around the world travel to Cincinnati to receive care from our neurology and neurosurgery programs.

Be it investing in our advanced BrainSUITE operating rooms, leading the nation’s largest migraine headache research study, or providing appointments with specialists within two weeks instead of two months, our team brings the best possible resources to the battle against brain-related diseases.

This commitment to excellence helps explain why our services were ranked No. 3 in the nation in the 2017-18 list of America’s best pediatric hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.

“We have faculty in every subspecialty in child neurology, which is not common, even among top pediatric hospitals,” says Andrew Hershey, MD, PhD, Director of Neurology. “And the impact of our research programs continues to grow and help children and families everywhere.”

Our neurosurgery team uses advanced MRI techniques and stereo-EEG (electroencephalograms) to guide their way deep into the brain to eliminate the causes of intractable epilepsy. We continue to explore “smart bomb” virus therapy for high-grade glioma brain tumors.

“We continue to explore new ways to provide the best care for the pediatric population we serve,” says Francesco Mangano, DO, Director of Neurosurgery. “Our faculty are not only teachers in the field of pediatric neurosurgery but also scholars that bring the latest advances forward, from fetoscopic repairs of neural tube defects to new ways to surgically manage craniofacial disorders.”

Why we stand out

  • The Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center here offers the world’s largest program for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Here, care is directly connected with leading molecular biology research that is changing approaches for Duchenne, myotonic dystrophy and other diseases.
  • Our deep brain stimulation treatment program is improving daily life for children with dystopia and other movement disorders.
  • Our research related to mTor inhibitors has dramatically improved outcomes for people with  tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC).
  • Our innovative BrainSUITE operating rooms provide the latest navigation technology to help  surgeons safely reach and remove tumors and lesions once considered too deep or risky for surgery.
  • The Headache Center at Cincinnati Children’s is the largest of its kind in the United States. We also lead the nation’s largest pediatric migraine research study. Recently published results from that study are changing how doctors across the country treat this life-disrupting condition.
  • We also share our expertise with our expanded teleneurology program. This work has included consultation and interpreting EEG results for children across Ohio and the nation.
  • Our Neurosurgery faculty have earned high honors at Cincinnati Children’s for supporting excellent patient and family experiences.