Why choose the Department of Neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Michigan?


The Neurology and Neurosurgery programs at the Children's Hospital of Michigan are ranked among America's best in U.S. News & World Report's 2022-23 Best Children's Hospitals rankings and has ranked in the top 50 programs in the nation for the past 10 years.

Children’s Hospital of Michigan treats the most children needing inpatient neurosurgery care in the State of Michigan.

Patients have traveled across the world to seek neurosurgical treatment performed by experts at Children's Hospital of Michigan.

Working hand in hand with the Divisions of Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Oncology/Neuro-Oncology, Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and other sub specialists, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Neurosurgery program offers multidisciplinary and family-centered treatment, delivering a team of professionals dedicated to meeting pediatric neurosurgical needs for brain, spine and nervous system disorders, while providing emotional, psychosocial and educational support for the family.

Experienced Team of Experts

The Neurosurgery Department at Children’s Hospital of Michigan is home to expert, pediatric fellowship trained clinicians working closely with other subspecialists – including pediatric neurologists, anesthesiologists, intensivists, neurocritical care specialists and radiologists – to provide advanced comprehensive pediatric neurosurgical care. A specialized trained team of physician assistants, pediatric nurse practitioners and registered nurses play an important role in providing exceptional, family centered patient care to pediatric patients with neurological conditions.

A daily, walk-in clinic and same-day surgery appointments for established neurosurgery patients provide added convenience for families caring for children with neurosurgical disorders. In addition to delivering expert care, the neurosurgeons on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan are also actively involved in neurosurgical research and education.

Neuroscience Nurse Navigator

Our neuroscience nurse navigator serves as a single point of contact for neuroscience families and patients navigating their specialty appointments, provides comprehensive patient education, provides support, ensures continuity of care and assists with neurosurgery second opinions. To connect with our neuroscience nurse navigator call 313-402-0342.

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Top Level Care

The Children's Hospital of Michigan is recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Read about how minimally invasive endoscopic hemispherotomy, which was developed and started at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, is helping patients with epilepsy.

Advanced Imaging and Procedures:

The Neurosurgery Department uses a wide range of neurosurgical modalities including:

  • Advanced 4-Dimensional Brain Mapping
  • Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Techniques
  • Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Hemispherotomy
  • Minimally Invasive Neuro-Endovascular Procedures
  • Open Surgical Procedures
  • Image Guidance
  • Stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG)

The Department of Neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital of Michigan specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with a range of neurosurgical disorders. Specialized treatment include: Autoimmune and Inflammatory Disorders of the Nervous System, Brain Tumors, Brain Mapping, Cerebral Revascularization/Bypass Surgery, Cerebral Vascular Disorders, Chiari Malformation, Concussions, Craniofacial Injuries and Anomalies, Demyelinating Disorders, Dorsal Rhizotomy/Spasticity program, Electromyography (EMG)/Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV),Endoscopic Surgery, Epilepsy Surgery (Seizure Disorder), Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery for Epilepsy and Brain Tumors, Hydrocephalus, Leukodystrophy, Moya Moya Disease, Multidisciplinary brain and spinal tumor program, MRI Guided Laser Interstitial Thermal Ablation Therapy, Myelomeningocele Care Center, Neurofibromatosis Clinic , Neurocritical Care, Neurogenetic and Metabolic Disorders, Neuromuscular Diseases and Muscular Dystrophy, Nerve Damage-Brachial Plexus Surgery, Pediatric Stroke, Pituitary Tumors, Sleep Disorder, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injuries, Spasticity Clinic and Surgical Program, Spinal Disorders, Syringomelia, Skull Base Surgery, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tourette Syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) and Vagal Nerve Stimulation.

For further information or to schedule an appointment call (313) 745-KIDS or toll-free at (888) 362-2500.

Our Neurosurgery Second Opinion Program for Your Child

What is a second opinion?

A second opinion is the opinion of a pediatric specialist other than your child’s current physician. A pediatric neurosurgery at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan will review your child’s medical records and give their opinion about your child’s diagnosis and how it should be treated.

Why should you consider a second opinion?

A new or complex medical condition of a child may require an invasive surgery or a major treatment intervention. Children’s Hospital of Michigan offers a variety of surgical techniques tailored to each child. Getting a neurosurgery second opinion can help you understand your options for your child and offer you peace of mind.

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Epilepsy Signs and Symptoms

Nov 18, 2019

Dr. LuatKnow the Facts about Epilepsy and Seizures

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) epilepsy is one of the most common conditions affecting the brain. When counting both children and adults in the United States:

  • About 5.1 million people in the United States have a history of epilepsy.   
  • About 2.9 million people in the United States have active epilepsy.
  • Ten percent of Americans will experience a seizure at least once in their lifetime, with the highest incidence occurring under the age of two and over the age of 65.

What is the difference between a seizure and epilepsy?

Seizures occur when nerve cells fire more rapidly and with less control than usual, affecting how a person feels or acts. These range from “absence seizures,” involving a brief lapse of conscious activity to “complex, partial seizures,” where one is unaware and unresponsive to seizures that can lead to loss of consciousness with the potential for falling, shaking and difficulty of breathing. Epilepsy, which is less common than seizures, is defined as recurrent unprovoked seizures due to a primary brain disorder.

What are common causes of seizures?

While the exact cause of the seizure may not be known, more common seizures can be caused by the following in children, adolescents and young adults:

  • Perinatal disorders
  • Congenital (present at birth) problems
  • Fever/infection
  • Metabolic or chemical imbalances in the body
  • Genetic factors
  • Alcohol or drugs
  • Trauma to the head or brain injury
  • Infection
  • Congenital conditions
  • Genetic factors

Other possible causes of seizures may include: brain tumors, neurological problems, drug withdrawal and medications.

“Symptoms of seizures can be confused with other disorders such as ADHD, migraine, narcolepsy or mental illness. It is important for the general public to be aware of symptoms since delayed recognition of the disorder can lead to inappropriate treatment which can increase the risk for additional seizures, disability, and a decreased quality of life.  Parents and children should seek medical attention including seeing a neurologist if the symptoms occur,” says Dr. Luat.

Symptoms of seizures include:

  • Staring
  • Temporary confusion
  • Uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs
  • Stiffening of the body
  • Loss of consciousness or awareness
  • Breathing problems
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Falling suddenly for no apparent reason, especially when associated with loss of consciousness
  • Not responding to noise or words for brief periods
  • Appearing confused or in a daze
  • Nodding the head rhythmically, when associated with loss of awareness or even loss of consciousness
  • Periods of rapid eye blinking

The good news is about two-thirds of all kids with epilepsy outgrow the seizures that accompany it by the time they're teens. Exceptional treatment at centers that specialize in epilepsy treatment such as the Children’s Hospital of Michigan also offer comprehensive treatment plans with advanced technology to pinpoint where the seizure is coming from leading to excellent outcomes.