Pediatric Neurology

The Division of Pediatric Neurology evaluates, consults on and manages children with disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Through neurological consultation, ongoing patient care and technical/diagnostic services, faculty in this division identify, characterize and treat more than 100 disorders of pediatric neuromuscular diseases and tics. Doctors works to know the patient as a whole person to develop a treatment plan with the family and ensure positive outcomes.

The division is made up of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, the Electroencephalography (EEG) Laboratory, the Electromyography (EMG) Laboratory, inpatient neurology primary and consultative and outpatient clinical services. Consultative services are provided to inpatients in Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units (ICUs), clinics and Emergency Department, as well as patients in the newborn nurseries and ICUs at Magee-Women’s Hospital.

In addition to the general pediatric neurology clinics, the division offers the following specialty clinics:

  • Emergency
  • Epilepsy
  • Headache
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuromuscular
  • New Onset Seizure
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulator

During the past 25 years, neurology faculty and staff have performed more than 150,000 outpatient and 50,000 inpatient neurological evaluations. Yearly, division faculty and staff will care for approximately 5,000 infants, children and adolescents with neurological disorders in outpatient clinics at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and its ambulatory care centers. Annually, the staff performs approximately 2500 inpatient visits and consultations, 3600 EEGS, 1200 video EEGs and 150 EMGs.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is the only provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient children’s neurological services in western Pennsylvania; their epilepsy center is accreditated as a level 4 by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, which is the highest possible accreditation.