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About Pediatric Neurology at Komansky Center for Children's Health

Doctors at the Komansky Center for Children's Health, located at NewYork-Presbyterian's Weill Cornell Medical Center campus, have a long history of providing excellence in patient care for the inpatient and outpatient management of all child neurological conditions. We have seven full time Child Neurologists, with extensive training and experience in multiple areas of clinical Child Neurology.

Pediatric Neurology Services at Komansky Center for Children's Health


Our Pediatric Comprehensive Epilepsy Center offers a full range of services to care for most complex cases. An accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause of the epilepsy, identification of associated learning and behavioral conditions, and continuous EEG monitoring to define seizure type allows for a tailored intervention for that child and family. Medications, ketogenic diet, and a wide range of surgical approaches are available. The center serves as a referral unit for second opinions and can assume care when requested.


Neurogenetics is a specialty that studies the origins of abnormal brain development. Our neurologists work with the Department of Genetics and attempt to explain the "why" and the "how" a neurologic problem developed. This information is important in predicting outcomes as the child approaches adulthood, when searching for specific medical interventions, and assessing familial risks for recurrence. These disorders include malformations of the brain, unexplained mental retardation and cerebral palsy, autism, neurodegenerative diseases, and other familial neurological conditions.

Pediatric neurovascular interventional radiology

Children presenting with strokes and intracranial bleeding frequently have blood vessel abnormalities in and around the brain. These children are in need of rapid assessment and appropriate interventions to prevent subsequent catastrophic events. Using specific imaging techniques and surgical tools, interventional radiologists and neurosurgeons here have a vast experience in treating conditions such as arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), cerebral aneurysms, and Moya-Moya disease.

Tumors of the brain and spine

Our physicians, in collaboration with physicians in other departments at NewYork-Presbyterian and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, offer state of the art evaluations for children at risk of having nervous system tumors. The intensity of collaboration is demonstrated by multidisciplinary case discussions, and the program's diverse patient population of children from across the nation with neurofibromatosis and tuberous sclerosis. Novel neurosurgical techniques are being developed and applied to treat the tumors and minimize sequelae.

Craniofacial surgery

The Komansky Center has a specialized craniofacial and cleft team, an interdisciplinary group of health care professionals dedicated to the care of infants, children, and adolescents born with malformations of the face, mouth, ears, and skull, and children who require reconstructive work following trauma, burns, and cancer. Although sometimes perceived as merely "cosmetic," our specialists in fact do restore lives as they minimize the devastating appearance of these children and improve their oral/facial functions.

Neonatal neurology

The neurologist plays an integral role in the care of newborn infants with abnormalities of the brain. An example is in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where neonatologists treat babies with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a condition due to lack of oxygen at birth. We have demonstrated that reducing the baby's core body temperature for several days while monitoring his or her brain activity with EEG, can reduce long-term damage. Other neonates, with other forms of nervous system abnormalities, also benefit from this collaboration of teams and their ability to treat acute and long-term problems.

Neurocritical care

An otherwise normal child develops an acute systemic illness that places the brain at risk for injury or a child develops an acute illness of the brain. Critical care physicians in our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and neurologists/neurosurgeons have extensive experience caring for children who have sustained a traumatic brain/spinal injury, status epilepticus, encephalitis, meningitis, and coma. The rapid availability of neurodiagnostic studies and physicians who can review, interpret, and work together to intervene is necessary to produce an optimal outcome. This expertise is also available to high-risk patients who undergo cardiac or brain surgeries.


Children with brain and spinal cord disorders frequently have abnormalities of extremity movement that impair their ability to move and interfere with their care. Spasticity can be treated by a wide range of interventions requiring the close collaboration of neurologists/neurosurgeons, orthopedists, physiatrists, nurse practitioners, as well as physical and occupational therapists. Our neurosurgeons and neurologists have over 10 years experience in treating spasticity with many modalities, including Baclofen pumps, and can provide ongoing consultation and/or management for these children.

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