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U.S. News Ranks Our Program No. 2 in the Nation

Well before Kaylee D’Angelo was born, her mom Mary D’Angelo knew her baby had hydrocephalus, an excess of cerebrospinal fluid once known as “water on the brain.” The family was prepared to receive a child that might not be able to talk, or walk, or eat without relying on a feeding tube.

But three days after Kaylee was born, pediatric neurosurgeon Charles Stevenson, MD, placed a fluid-draining shunt in her brain. She later received other neurosurgeries, spinal cord surgery, hip surgery and eye surgery. Now 5 years old, Kaylee is thriving.

“To look at her chart and to look at Kaylee, it’s two different patients,” Mary says. “’Cause you see the list of everything that she’s gone through, and all her diagnoses, and to see Kaylee, it’s like you would never even know.”

The neurosurgical skill that helped Kaylee and the wide range of support available from other specialty fields helps explain why our neurology and neurosurgery programs have climbed to No. 2 in the nation in the 2018-19 list of America’s best pediatric hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.

Families travel to Cincinnati from around the world to receive care for uncontrolled seizures, unexplainable headaches, and rare diseases like cerebral palsy, Rett syndrome and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We also train many surgeons and specialists who go on to share what they learned here.

“The division has an international reach and reputation,” says Francesco Mangano, DO, Director of Neurosurgery. “Our faculty are not only teachers in the field but also scholars that bring the latest advances forward, from fetoscopic repairs of neural tube defects to new ways to surgically manage craniofacial disorders.”

The wide range of brain expertise here provides unusually powerful opportunities for positive outcomes for children. “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.

Why we stand out

  • The Headache Center at Cincinnati Children’s is the largest of its kind in the United States.
  • Our growing Rett Syndrome Clinic is evaluating promising new treatments for the second-most frequent cause of intellectual disability in women.
  • Our innovative BrainSUITE operating rooms provide the latest robotic and computer-guided navigation technology to help surgeons safely reach and remove tumors and lesions once considered too deep or risky for surgery.
  • Our Cerebrovascular Disease Center provides expert, multidisciplinary care for patients who face increased risk of stroke from complex conditions affecting the blood vessels in and around the brain and spine.
  • Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Center works with our neurosurgery team to use advanced MRI techniques and stereo-EEG (electroencephalograms) to guide their way deep into the brain to eliminate the causes of intractable epilepsy.
  • Our deep brain stimulation treatment program is improving daily life for children with dystonia and other movement disorders.
  • The Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center here provides outstanding research and care for Duchenne, myotonic dystrophy and other diseases.
  • Our research related to mTor inhibitors has dramatically improved outcomes for people with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC).
  • Our international outreach includes cooperative training initiatives as well as mission work involving surgeons and clinicians from the Dominican Republic, Italy, Spain, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Our Scorecard


U.S. News & World Report scored our neurology and neurosurgery programs on outcomes & experience; numbers of patients & procedures; key programs, services & staff; professional recognition; quality improvement efforts; and patient support.

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