What pediatric neurosurgery conditions do we treat?The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta neurosurgery team has experience with neurosurgical conditions ranging from the most common to extremely rare. Our multidisciplinary team treats infants, children and teens, and we are trained to understand their physical and emotional needs.
Specific conditions we treat include:
Stories of Hope and Healing After Pediatric Neurosurgery
Arielle’s Story: How She Survived a Head-on Car Crash
When Arielle Urquhart was just seven years old, she was in a near fatal car accident. The crash left her mother, Shakira, unconscious and she was transported to the hospital while Arielle was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. After Arielle’s surgery, performed by Dr. David Wrubel, she had to learn how to walk again, dress herself and do other everyday tasks. Today, Arielle is 11 years old and getting stronger every day. She has her own non-profit called “Ari’s Angel’s” that aims to give back to the community and to the patients that are in the same position she once was.
Caroline beat the odds against brain cancer
Caroline Brewer had brain cancer and a softball-size tumor at the base of her brain. Her neurosurgeon was hopeful, but there was a chance she’d be paralyzed and blind.
A rare disorder didn’t hamper Logan’s competitive spirit
Logan Caudle discovered wheelchair track and field after being diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder. He won a team state title his first season.
Sarah is back on the field after two head injuries
After Sarah Hughes sustained two concussions and a sprained ankle, she was treated at Children’s and is now back to playing soccer and pursuing her dreams.
Our pediatric neurosurgery team works with other specialists throughout Children’s to provide comprehensive, effective care for each patient. Treatment is tailored for your child’s needs, and we work with you at every stage so you know what to expect. Our team of specialists combines the latest diagnostic, treatment and neuroimaging technology with a caring, child-friendly approach to deliver unique treatment options based on each child’s condition and needs.
In addition, our Neurosurgery Program offers many multispecialty clinics for patients who need to see several specialists. These clinics improve the patient experience and allow families easier access to the specialized, coordinated, multidisciplinary care their children need.
Our cutting-edge pediatric neurosurgery equipment
At Children’s, we understand that operating on a child or teen is different from operating on an adult. Our skilled team of neurosurgeons is pediatric trained and fully equipped to diagnose, treat and support your child. Additionally, we use specialized, cutting-edge equipment and techniques tailored to provide the care kids need to thrive. These include:
- CO2 laser
- YAG laser
- Intra-operative image guidance system for frameless stereotactic surgery
- Intra-operative MRI (iMRI)
- Microsurgery equipment
- Ultrasonography and ultrasonic tissue aspirator
- Gamma knife for brain tumor and arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
- Interventional neuroradiology for AVM/vascular abnormalities
- Intracranial pressure monitoring and continuous cerebral oximetry for head injuries
- Stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy
- Robotic-assisted steretotactic EEG (SEEG)
- Laser ablations
- Responsive neurostimulation (RNS) and vagal nerve stimulator (VNS)
Our Comprehensive Programs
Neurological Research and Technology
Current brain tumor research
At Children’s, our team of doctors, researchers and pediatric-trained specialists provide integrated, comprehensive care for children with brain tumors.
Pediatric robot-assisted SEEG
Learn about our pediatric robot-assisted stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) procedure.
We have one of the largest pediatric neurosurgery teams in the country. Our neurosurgeons are board eligible in neurosurgery and pediatrics, which means they completed additional training in order to care for pediatric patients. We are actively involved in research that we hope will lead to cures for pediatric diseases and are highly focused on the needs of children with diseases of the spine, brain and nervous system. Our Neurosurgery Program is led by Joshua J. Chern, MD, PhD, Division Chief of Neurosurgery.
- William Boydston, MD, PhD, MD, PhD, Neurosurgeon
- Barunashish Brahma, MD, Medical Director, Neuro Spine Care
- Joshua J. Chern, MD, PhD, Division Chief of Neurosurgery
- Andrew Reisner, MD, Elaine & John C. Carlos Chair for Neuro Trauma; Medical Director, Concussion Program, Neuro Trauma
- Michael Sawvel, DO, OR Committee
- David Wrubel, MD, Program Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship; Surgery Director, Egleston Hospital
Andrew Reisner, MD, has been appointed chairman of the Neurotraumatology Committee for the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS). WFNS represents more than 30,000 neurosurgeons worldwide and works with its member societies to improve worldwide neurological care, training and research.About Dr. Reisner
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