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The Neurology and Neurosurgery programs at Children's Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center are ranked among America's best in U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 Best Children's Hospitals rankings. 

Home to some of the nation’s leading authorities on pediatric neurological diseases, the Department of Neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is a world-class clinical program providing expert neurological care and resident training. Children and families travel to the Children's Hospital of Michigan from across the country and around the world for advanced neurological and neurosurgical care.

Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery physicians on staff at the Children's Hospital of Michigan include world-renowned researchers in the field of epilepsy, autism, neurogenetics and neuroimaging. The medical staff includes Michigan's only board certified pediatric headache specialist, Michigan's only pediatric neurosurgeon specializing in epilepsy surgery and the state's only board certified pediatric neurogenetics specialist.

Chief of the Department of Neurology and medical staff member, Dr. Harry T. Chugani, is not only known for his NIH-funded research into pediatric epilepsy and PET scanning, he also serves as the president of the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA).

A specialized trained team of pediatric nurse practitioners and registered nurses play an important role in providing exceptional, family centered patient care to pediatric patients with neurological conditions.  The neurosurgical team works closely with board certified pediatric anesthesiologists on the medical staff of the Children's Hospital of Michigan-helping to ensure even the smallest patients receive safe and effective anesthesia during neurosurgical procedures.

The program offers advanced imaging technologies vital for accurate diagnosis and precise treatment of pediatric neurological diseases. The department operates two MRI scanners dedicated exclusively to pediatric patients – including a 3.0 Tesla  scanner, one of only a few in the nation and one of the world’s few pediatric PET centers. Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) testing is also available.  

Neurologists on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan use PET scanning to pinpoint the origin of epileptic seizures – enabling neurosurgeons on staff to remove the affected tissue and dramatically improve the patient’s condition.  In addition to advanced diagnostic technology, comprehensive treatment for epilepsy is offered at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan including medications, surgery, dietary treatments including the ketogenic diet and the modified Atkin's diet, and vagus nerve stimulation.

Pediatric neurogenetic experts at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan also offer comprehensive diagnostic and care services for children who have – or are suspected of having – a genetic disorder affecting the nervous system or muscles. A true leader in this field, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is home to one of the nation’s generalized neurogenetic DNA banks, a research program that promises to unlock the secrets of many neurological diseases at the molecular level.

Other specialized services and treatments include: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Autoimmune and Inflammatory Disorders of the Nervous System, Brain Tumors and Trauma, Cerebral Vascular Disorders, Craniofacial Injuries and Anomalies, Demyelinating Disorders, Developmental/Behavioral Clinic, Electromyography (EMG)/Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV), Epilepsy, Headaches, Hydrocephalus, Leukodystrophy Clinic, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Neuroimmunology Center, Neurofibromatosis Clinic, Neurogenetic and Metabolic Disorders, Neuromuscular Diseases and Muscular Dystrophy, Nerve Damage-Brachial Plexus Surgery, Neuropsychological testing, Pediatric Stroke, Pituitary Tumors, Sickle Cell Revascularization, Sleep Center, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injuries, Spinal Disorders, Tourette’s Syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) and Vagus Nerve Stimulation.

Location(s): Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Clinton Township, Dearborn,Detroit, Southfield, West Bloomfield

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