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.

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

Conditions Treated

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
  • Hydrocephalus

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.

Leukodystrophy Center

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.

Featured Faculty

Brenda Banwell, MDBrenda Banwell, MD

Brenda L. Banwell, MD, is the Chief of the Division of Neurology and Director of the Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Clinic.

Areas of Expertise: pediatric multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, demyelinating diseases, inflammation disorders

John Brandsema, MDJohn Brandsema, MD

John Brandsema, MD, is a pediatric neurologist and attending neurologist at the Neuromuscular Program.

Areas of Expertise: nerve conduction studies, neuromuscular/MDA, pediatric electromyography

Gregory Heuer, MD, PhDGregory Heuer, MD, PhD

Gregory Heuer, MD, PhD, is an attending neurosurgeon in the Division of Neurosurgery.

Areas of Expertise: epilepsy surgery, myelomeningocele repair, brachial plexus and peripheral nerve lesions, brain tumors, complex spine, epilepsy surgery, fetal evaluation and treatment, functional brain and spine disorders, hydrocephalus, spinal dysraphism

Rebecca Ichord, MDRebecca Ichord, MD

Rebecca Ichord, MD, is a pediatric neurologist and the Director of the Pediatric Stroke Program.

Areas of Expertise: pediatric stroke, neonatal stroke, neuroprotection after cardiac arrest, stroke and pediatric congenital heart disease, traumatic brain injury, vasculopathy in pediatric stroke

Phillip Storm, MDPhillip Storm, MD

Phillip B. Storm, MD, is the Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and an attending neurosurgeon specializing in pediatric brain tumors.

Areas of Expertise: aneurysms, arteriovenous malformation (AVM), moyamoya disease, spine tumors, brain tumors, complex spine, hydrocephalus, skull base surgery, skull base tumors, vascular malformations.

Donald Younkin, MDDonald Younkin, MD

Donald Younkin, MD, is a pediatric neurologist and Director of Clinical Child Neurology.

Areas of Expertise: epilepsy, headaches, stroke

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