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Contact us: 617-643-9175 or 617-643-3399
After hours/weekends: 617-726-2000 (ask for pediatric neurosurgery resident on-call)
At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, patients have full access to all technologies available at Massachusetts General Hospital. This enables your child’s care team to utilize the best tools for your child's specific needs, including advanced imaging, intraoperative MRI, stereotactic image-guided surgery, ultrasound and laser equipment, and expert intraoperative functional monitoring of the brain and spinal cord. Our goal is to provide the best team with the best technology in order to perform surgery as safely as possible on each child.
Your pediatric neurosurgery team works with you and your child, and with many other specialists at MGHfC, to ensure that your child has everything he or she needs. We work closely with the following pediatric specialists, including:
This team meets initially to explore all treatment options and then presents their recommendations to the parents and, when appropriate, the child. Every specialist describes the steps that his or her therapy involves. Once the course of action is agreed upon, the team continues to meet and make adjustments in treatment as warranted. The goal is to provide comprehensive care and effective outcomes.
MGHfC pediatric neurosurgeons work with their counterparts in pediatric and adult specialties to adapt research innovations in adult care to meet the unique demands of children's care. In this way, we are able to provide treatments, approaches and experience that are uniquely available at Mass General, including:
The brain’s response to injury as a function of the brain’s maturity at the time of injury is a particular area of emphasis on the Pediatric Neurosurgical Service. In addition to basic science research, we are participating in several multicenter trials to study the brain's response to injury in patients of different ages during infancy and childhood.
Our clinical researchers are also participating in national studies designed to gather sophisticated data on traumatic brain injury from large numbers of adults and children. The information will ultimately be integrated into treatment trials for infants, children and adults with various types of traumatic brain injuries.
Finally, we partner with colleagues at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to provide children with the best tools available to help them recover.
The pediatric neurosurgery team has special expertise in treatment of:
At each stage of treatment—evaluation, team meeting, family meeting, surgery and follow-up care—we offer children and their parents emotional support and intensive education. We welcome families to participate in every aspect of the child’s care and encourage them to tell us their needs and those of their child.
To make the hospital experience as positive and comfortable as possible, we offer the usual amenities of a children's hospital, plus:
In keeping with our commitment to make our services easily accessible to the children and families we serve, our neurosurgical team can promptly answer questions and provide consultation for patients within our Partners network, nationally and worldwide.
In addition, MGHfC is one of only 10 facilities nationwide in the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium, and is also a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, the primary North American Cooperative Group that develops clinical trials. As a result, our patients have quick access to innovative treatment of brain tumors.
Our pediatric neurosurgeons and nurses participate and hold leadership positions in multiple national and international organizations designed to share information and improve care and quality for patients with pediatric neurosurgical conditions.
Pediatric Neurosurgical Service
Wang Ambulatory Care Center 331
Alternate Phone Number: 617-643-3399
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