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The Pediatric Neurology Unit diagnoses and treats infants, children and adolescents with the full spectrum of neurological conditions. These include:
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Neurologists in the General Pediatric Neurology clinics of the Mass General Hospital Neurology Department are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric neurological disorders and diseases from the most common to the most rare. Our pediatric neurologists specialize in certain conditions and diseases within pediatrics, so children who become patients here are matched with experts who can best serve each child’s needs. These Neurologists are also trained in adult Neurology, and many are Principal Investigators conducting basic science and clinical research to advance the diagnosis and treatment of their chosen subspecialty. Our physicians comprise the majority of Pediatric Neurologists at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Several of our treatment programs feature a multidisciplinary approach that includes professionals from nutrition, psychology, child psychiatry, orthopedics, neurosurgery, and speech, occupational and physical therapy.
Pediatric neurologists on staff in the Neonatal and Intensive Care Unit (NICU) see patients with wide variety of neonatal and infant neurological problems, including developmental and neuromuscular problems and seizure disorders of infancy. To request an appointment please call 617-724-6400.
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In addition to other common neurological conditions and disorders, the Massachusetts General Hospital Child Neurology Unit encompasses the following subspecialties.
The Angelman Syndrome Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, in partnership with the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, aims to provide comprehensive clinical care to individuals with Angelman syndrome.
The Partners Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center is dedicated to caring for children and adolescents with Multiple Sclerosis and related demyelinating disorders such as acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Phone: 617-726-2664
Tanuja Chitnis MD – Director, NeurologistTracy Fermano RN – NurseEllen O’Donnell PhD - NeuropsychologistKatia Canenguez PhD, EdM – Psychologist and Family Counselor
Leukodystrophies are a heterogeneous group of brain disorders in which brain and sometimes-peripheral nerve myelin is abnormally produced or destroyed. Phone: 617-724-6510
Florian Eichler, MD
The Pediatric Learning Disorders Unit combines Child Neurology and Psychology services to diagnose and manage a broad spectrum of cognitive deficits in children. Phone: 617-726-2664
Florence Lai, MD
The Neurofibromatosis Clinic offers a comprehensive initial evaluation to all children who have been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis. Phone: 617-724-7856
Scott Plotkin, MD, PhDFawn Leigh, MD
The Neurogenetics/Mitochondrial Disorders Unit offers diagnostic evaluation, consultative assistance and management for infants, children and adults with neurodevelopmental/neurometabolic disorders including enzyme replacement therapy. Phone: 617-726-5732
Kathryn J. Swoboda, MD
The Neonatal and Infant Neurology Follow-Up Program sees children with a wide variety of neonatal and infant neurological problems, including developmental and neuromuscular problems and seizure disorders of infancy. Phone: 617-726-6093
David C. Dredge, MDKalpathy S. Krishnamoorthy, MDDanielle B. Pier, MD
The Neuro-Oncology Program provides a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach in evaluating and caring for pediatric patients with tumors of the nervous system and neurologic complications caused by cancer. Phone: 617-726-2737
This clinic evaluates and treats for all neurological diseases and disorders. Phone: 617-726-6093
Verne Caviness, MDDavid C. Dredge, MDMary Z. Elibol, MDKalpathy Krishnamoorthy, MDKevin Staley, MD
The Pediatric Stroke and Vascular Service at MassGeneral Hospital for Children cares for premature infants, children or adolescents who have had an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, or cerebral venous sinus thrombosis.Phone: 617-726-2737
The Fetal Neurology Consultations program pairs with the MGH Fetal Care Program, provide Fetal Neurology consultations for pregnant women who are carrying a fetus with a suspected or known neurological abnormality. We provide counseling and management for a wide range of fetal neurological conditions, including Cerebral Ventriculomegaly, Hydrocephalus, Aqueductal Stenosis, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, Cerebellar Vermis Agenesis, Dandy Walker Malformation, prenatal hemorrhage, prenatal stroke, microcephaly, and more.
The Partners Child Neurology Residency Training is a three-year clinical training program that includes one year of mandated clinical adult neurology training. Our program includes exposure to basic science information as it applies to the nervous system and clinical neurology. It offers many opportunities to attend neuroscience lectures, and to interface with basic and translational scientists in and outside of the Neurology Department at Mass General and our affiliates, which include the Broad Institute, Harvard Medical School and MIT. To learn more visit the Child Neurology Residency Program website.
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To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.
Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.
Teens and young adults in the THRIVE Program and newly adopted rescue dogs from Last Hope K9 Rescue are helping each other learn essential life skills as part of the Doggonit: Epilepsy is Ruff program in Pediatric Neurology.
Sofia is one of an estimated 500 children in the world diagnosed with Pitt Hopkins syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects development, speech and intellect. This little girl, although tiny in size, is proving she is capable of big things despite her rare diagnosis.
Meet the newest members of the Pediatric Neurology team - Marisela Dy-Hollins, MD, Albert Misko, MD, PhD, and Melissa Walker, MD, PhD.
David Dredge, MD, and Danielle Pier, MD, are leading the next generation of trainees, fostering their careers through evidence-based education. The roles as clinician teachers, which are unique to Pediatric Neurology, recognize the importance of education in moving both the field and trainees’ careers forward.
At 5 weeks old, Natalia Boidi was rushed to the emergency room where doctors diagnosed her with SMA, a rare genetic disorder in which the nerves in the spinal cord slowly die off. After months in the PICU and a novel treatment called Spinraza, Natalia can breathe on her own and is learning to stand - things that were once almost impossible with her disease.
Ether Day, a tradition started in 1945, is a day to recognize MGHfC and Mass General staff for their years of service to patients and the hospital's overall mission. Learn more about what MGHfC means to some of those providers and staff.
Ronald Thibert, DO, MsPH is a pediatric epileptologist in the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at MGHfC and the Lurie Center for Autism, specializing in the treatment of children with difficult to control seizures. He has a special interest in children with autistic spectrum disorders, especially those with Angelman syndrome and duplications of chromosome 15q (Dup15q). He is the director of both the Angelman syndrome clinic and the Dup15q Center at MGHfC and the Lurie Center and the majority of his clinical research focuses on the treatment of seizures in these 2 genetic disorders.
The Neuroscience Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is a growing program designed to accelerate research and provide state-of-the-art care for children with neurological disorders.
Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, October 13, 2011. Past History of MGH Neurology; Overview of MGH Neurology; Telestroke and Acute Stroke Service; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Pediatric Neurology.
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