Pediatric Neurology

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Pediatric Neurology Specialists collaborate with specialists across Children's Mercy to provide unmatched care for kids.

Pediatric Neurology

The Division of Neurology provides family-centered, interdisciplinary care designed to encourage parents and families to make informed decisions while promoting their health. Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is nationally recognized and one of only a dozen pediatric centers in the country. Our program is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top programs in the country.

Experienced Pediatric Neurologists

The Division of Neurology has 14 physicians who are board-certified in neurology. We have special expertise in neurophysiology, neuro-developmental disabilities and headaches. Three of our physicians have additional board certification in neurophysiology, and one has additional board certification in neuro-developmental disabilities. We have a child neurology fellowship program and three administrative staff members.

Pediatric neurologists are pediatricians who have chosen to specialize in the areas of the developing brains and nervous systems of children. Pediatric neurologists are required to complete an extra three years training in neurology after finishing their residency in pediatrics. Some pediatric neurologists have completed additional training in a specific area of neurology such as pediatric epilepsy or movement disorders. Your child has been referred to our clinic because your child's pediatrician believes that he or she may benefit from visiting a pediatric neurologist. We will work with both you and your pediatrician to determine the best treatment plan for your child.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Current Research Projects

  • Epilepsy
    • Evaluation of the ketogenic diet and quality of life in children's with intractable epilepsy.
    • Increasing the use of Seizure Action Plans in the Child Neurology Clinic.
    • Levetiracetam Serum Concentration in children between 0 and 18 years of age treated for epilepsy: Correlation with clinical response and tolerability.
    • Lacosamide : A Multicenter, Open-Label Study To Investigate The Safety, Tolerability, And Pharmacokinetics Of Lacosamide (LCM) Oral Solution (Syrup) As Adjunctive Therapy In Children With Partial-Onset Seizures.
    • Delivery of Antepileptic Medications to Patient's Bedside in the Setting of Prolonged Epileptic Seizure with or without Status Epilepticus: Retrospective Chart Review Protocol/Quality Improvement.
  • Headache
    • Treatment of headache with non-drug therapies to alleviate migraine headaches.
    • CHAMP, The Childhood and Adolescent Migraine Prevention Study.
  • Kernicterus
    • Evaluation and treatment of children with possible brain damage or neurodevelopmental disorders due to excessive newborn jaundice, including kernicterus and BIN (bilirubin-induced brain disorders). 
    • Investigations of the role of bilirubin in neurological damage.
    • Kernicterus, Jaundice, and Bilirubin Induced Neurological Disorders.
    • Bind: Neonatal Bilirubin Induced Neurologic Dysfunction in Developing Countries.
  • Movement Disorders
    • Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for Dystonia.
  • Neurogentics
    • Diagnostic Utilization of Microarray Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH) in Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
  • Neuromuscular
    • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Biomarkers in the Immediate Postnatal Period of Development. 

Useful Resources

Headache Relief Guide

Visit this site for step-by-step tips that will help relieve headaches.
Visit the online Headache Relief Guide »

American Headache Society

This site will provide information about headache research, patient resources, and events.
Visit the American Headache Society's website »

Child Neurology Society

The Child Neurology Society is a non-profit professional association for pediatric neurologists.
Visit site »

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