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Neurology & Neurosurgery (Pediatric)

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Yale New Haven Children's Hospital brings together a multidisciplinary team from pediatric neurology and pediatric neurosurgery to provide comprehensive care for children with neurological disorders. Our staff, which includes pediatric neurologists, pediatric neurosurgeons and pediatric nurse practitioners, is specially trained to offer child-friendly and compassionate care.


Yale New Haven Children's Hospital provides comprehensive and family-centered care to pediatric patients who have a variety of neurologic, neuromuscular, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Infants, children, and adolescents with epilepsy, movement disorders, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, muscular dystophy, headache, and other conditions are evaluated by pediatric neurologists, all of whom are certified by the American Board of Neurology and the American Board of Psychiatry. Rounding out our care team are dedicated nurse practitioners, nurses, neuropsychologists, social workers, electrodiagnostic technologists and dietitians.

Our physicians evaluate children for complex neurologic disorders and administer an inpatient video/EEG telemetry unit where children are admitted for intensive monitoring of epilepsy and other paroxysmal disorders. In addition to working closely with pediatric neurosurgeons, our physicians provide ketogenic diet and vagus nerve stimulator programs for the treatment of children with complex epileptic conditions.

Innovative Treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Spinraza® is a treatment for children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Spinal muscular atrophy is a neuromuscular disease that originates in the central nervous system and affects how the body’s motor neurons power muscles in (how the muscles work) in the body. People with SMA do not produce enough survival motor neuron (SMN) protein that motor neurons need to function. Without SMN protein, the motor neurons start to die, making muscles weaker over time.

We offer patients with SMA an innovative drug therapy that delivers medicine directly to the body’s central nervous system to target the underlying causes of motor neuron loss. This medication works to increase the levels of the missing protein to help the muscles function better. The medication is injected into the spinal canal and is administered by a medical professional at a care center. Ongoing clinical trials and studies have shown an increase in motor function and significant benefits for many who receive the treatment including slowing the progression of the disease.


From prenatal consultations with parents to follow-up appointments with young adults, our pediatric neurosurgery program offers the most advanced medical care available delivered with compassionate understanding and support. Common problems treated include hydrocephalus, brain and spinal cord tumors, Chiari malformation, AVMs, moyamoya disease,spina bifida, craniofacial disorders and brain or spine trauma.

Our physicians provide comprehensive services to infants, toddlers, school-age children, adolescents and young adults. Its reputation for surgical excellence combined with its understanding of the special needs of children and families who live with neurological diseases rank among the finest in the country.

Excellence in pediatric neurosurgery at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital is possible because of experienced, refined surgical skills and the critical resources of a major children's hospital with dedicated pediatric critical care, specialized age appropriate nursing units, a wide array of pediatric consultants, operating facilities designed for children, and the commitment and experience on the part of the surgeons and their colleagues to provide the most effective and efficient care possible for all pediatric neurosurgery patients.

Yale New Haven Children's Hospital is the only hospital in the nation to offer intra-operative MR imaging and biplane angiography for a wide range of procedures, including brain tumor resection.

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Giana's Story

Giana's Story

Giana Cardonita survived a potentially deadly brain tumor, thanks to the expertise and resources at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. She then went on to become a Bulldog Buddy for the Yale University Women's Hockey Team.

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