Cincinnati Children’s Ranked No. 5 Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery Program in U.S.

When your child is suffering from a condition affecting their brain, you want answers. We can help you find them.

Our team of pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons collaborates closely to understand the most complex diseases of the brain. These specialists work together to accurately diagnose disorders and work with you and your child to map out treatment plans, which in some disease may include surgery. The depth and breadth of our expertise, along with the novel therapies and clinical trials available, attract patients from across the country and around the world.

All of us – from our neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurse practitioners, researchers, nurses, therapists and more – are dedicated to finding new and better ways to treat your child. We explore innovative techniques, we dive into research, and we offer proven, evidence-based medicine that can help your child live life to the fullest.

Teamwork That Leads to Better Outcomes

Our neurologists and neurosurgeons partner with other specialists throughout the medical center to provide the care your child and family need. This multidisciplinary approach leads to more convenient care and better outcomes.

  • At the Headache Center, earlier intervention and better treatment options are bringing successful and lasting relief to more young people through a multidisciplinary approach that combines neurologists certified in headache medicine, pain psychologists and advanced practice nurses with a special interest in headache medicine. Our goal is to address the root cause of your child’s headaches, provide the most effective pain relief possible and help your child manage the stress and anxiety that often comes with debilitating headaches. We offer the latest advances in therapies, including the newest medications and devices and behavioral interventions including biofeedback and cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is a Level 4 epilepsy treatment center, a distinction given only to those qualified to treat the seizure disorders across all levels – from the single seizure to complex refractory and genetic epilepsies. Our team offers personalized care plans, with therapies that can include medication management, ketogenic diets, surgery and more. Since starting our epilepsy surgery program in 2007, we’ve treated more than 1,300 surgical patients, many of whom were considered inoperable elsewhere.
  • Our pediatric neurosurgeons have deep expertise in treating Chiari malformations, including extensive experience with decompression surgery to correct the malformation.
  • The Brain Health and Wellness Center is a multidisciplinary center that brings together diverse specialists to analyze mild, moderate and severe head injuries and map treatment plans that are right for your child.
  • The Surgical Spasticity Clinic helps families explore surgical solutions for spasticity and dystonia. The surgeries we offer include selective dorsal rhizotomy and baclofen pump implantation, which can improve mobility, comfort and quality of life.
  • Experts at our Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center offer advanced testing, cutting-edge treatments, breakthrough research and personalized, long-term follow-up, all in one location. We’re one of only a few hospitals in the U.S. that can provide this level of comprehensive care for children with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus and optic neuritis.
  • More than 200 children and adolescents depend on the Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke Center each year for conditions affecting the blood vessels in and around the nervous system. The center offers innovative tests and therapies, including neurovascular ultrasound, deep brain stimulation and minimally invasive surgeries.
  • Our neuro-oncologists work closely with cancer specialists in the Brain Tumor Center to help minimize the effects of treatments such as proton therapy.
  • The Movement Disorders Clinic brings together neurologists, mental health professionals and primary care doctors to offer the full spectrum of therapies for children with movement disorders.
  • The Sleep Center combines the expertise of neurologists, pulmonologists, otolaryngologists, and behavioral medicine specialists to address the diverse causes of sleep disorders in children and adolescents. The center established the first-ever Circadian Medicine Clinic, which offers a team approach to treatment that includes board-certified sleep medicine doctors, sleep psychologists and researchers.

Discoveries that Make a Difference

Our research leads to promising new ways to care for your child, sometimes long before such treatments are available elsewhere in the country. This dedication is just one of the reasons we are ranked as the No. 5 pediatric neurology and neurosurgery program by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s played a leadership role in the recent discovery that the drug everolimus (an mTOR inhibitor) can reverse the genetic defect associated with tuberous scerlosis complex (TSC) and treat TSC-associated symptoms such as seizures. Working with other researchers from around the world, they are exploring the drug’s potential to treat other symptoms of TSC and prevent symptoms in very young children.
  • The Headache Center has received funding from the National Institutes of Health every year since 2003. Thanks in part to this funding, and our partnerships with a number of pharmaceutical companies, we are making significant contributions in this important area of research.
  • Our pediatric neurosurgeons are pioneering the use of fetoscopic repair of myelomeningocele (severe spina bifida). This surgical procedure, completed before birth, minimizes the risks of surgical repair and improves a child’s chances of being able to walk. Cincinnati Children’s is in the top three prenatal myelomeningocele (MMC) surgical centers in the U.S.
  • The National Institutes of Health is funding our research of spinal cord dysfunction, which focuses on how the condition affects breathing, and possible treatments.