Division of Neurology
The Division of Neurology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is a world leader in pediatric neurologic disorders. Our neurologists have advanced training and experience in pediatric stroke, epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, sleep disorders, developmental delay, neurogenetic disorders, multiple sclerosis and neonatal neurology.
As part of CHOP’s interdisciplinary Neuroscience Center, our team of neurologists collaborates with specialists in neurosurgery to provide precise diagnosis and develop a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan informed by the latest advances in research.
Specialized Clinical Programs
- Brachial Plexus Program
- Cardiac Kids Developmental Follow-up Program
- Dietary Treatment Program
- Division of Neurosurgery
- Fetal Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity Program
- Friedreich's Ataxia Program
- Leukodystrophy Center
- Neonatal Neurocritical Care Program
- Neonatal Stroke Program
- Neuromuscular Program
- Neuro-Oncology Program
- Pediatric Headache Program
- Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
- Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program
- Pediatric Stroke Program
We treat all types of neurologic conditions, including:
- Arterial ischemic stroke
- Brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries
- Brain abscess
- Cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (CSVT)
- Friedreich's ataxia
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Hemorrhagic stroke
Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
The Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Clinic at CHOP cares for children with multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases. The clinic's team includes a neurologist, nurse practitioner, nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist and social worker. The team also works in partnership with other specialties within CHOP — including ophthalmology, urology, pain management and neuropsychiatry — to coordinate care for each child.
The Leukodystrophy Center at CHOP provides comprehensive clinical care, diagnostic testing, and the most advanced treatments available to infants, children and adolescents with inherited white matter diseases. The clinic’s team includes neurology, metabolism, rehabilitation medicine, complex pediatrics, neuropsychology, genetic counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, nutrition and social work.
Epilepsy and Epilepsy Surgery
The Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program (PREP) at CHOP specializes in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with seizures and epilepsy. The program’s goal is to help children with epilepsy and their families enjoy lives unaffected by seizures. For each child, the PREP team strives to understand why seizures have developed and then designs a personalized treatment plan that best controls seizures with the fewest possible side effects. For most children with epilepsy, such a treatment plan involves seizure medication. For children with seizures that do not respond well to medical treatment, PREP offers other treatment options, including the ketogenic diet, vagus nerve stimulation or epilepsy surgery. The PREP team is experienced in performing epilepsy surgery in children of all ages and with all types of epilepsy.
Pediatric Stroke Program
The Pediatric Stroke Program at CHOP provides comprehensive assessment and treatment for children and infants who suffer from strokes. The program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurology fellows and residents, neurosurgeons, a nurse, a social worker, and other healthcare professionals. The team provides inpatient and outpatient consultation and coordination of care and recovery services, including family education and support. The program’s goals are to minimize damage from a child’s first stroke, prevent a repeat occurrence, and increase awareness of childhood strokes.