Children's Hospital Colorado
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Neuroscience Institute Healthcare Professionals

At Children's Hospital Colorado, we’re committed to improving the quality of life for children with neurological conditions. If your child has a brain, spinal cord, developmental or nervous system disorder, one or more of the following specialists will be involved in the care of your child and family.

Meet the pediatric doctors on your child’s care team

Board-certified pediatric neurologists

Pediatric neurology is the medical subspecialty devoted to children who have conditions of the brain, nerves or muscles, such as tic disorders, seizures, headaches, tumors and more.

Pediatric neurologists have completed nine years of postgraduate medical training, including four years of medical school, two years of pediatric residency, one year of adult neurology residency training and two years of a pediatric neurology residency training.

All of the pediatric neurologists at Children’s Colorado hold academic positions at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and are board-certified in neurology with special qualification in child neurology.

Board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons

Pediatric neurosurgeons undergo a rigorous training program, consisting of approximately 10 years of postgraduate medical study.

If your pediatrician suggests that your child see a pediatric neurosurgeon at Children’s Colorado, you can be assured that they have the widest range of treatment options, the most extensive training and the greatest expertise in treating children with neurosurgical problems. Read about our Pediatric Neurosurgery Program.

Neurodevelopmental and behavioral pediatricians

These doctors specialize in pediatric neurodevelopment and behavior and are board-certified in the diagnosis and treatment cognitive, motor, developmental and communication delay.

This level of specialization is achieved through multiple years of dedicated pediatric residency and fellowships in developmental pediatrics. Read about our Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Program.

Epileptologists

An epileptologist is a neurologist and subspecialist in the field of epilepsy who has completed a 1-2 year accredited epilepsy fellowship to learn how to treat children with epilepsy and to read specialized studies called electroencephalograms. Read about our Epilepsy Program.

Other specialists involved in care

Neonatologist

Infants who are born prematurely sometimes have neurological problems because their brains have not fully developed. We work with the doctors in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to take care of babies who need special treatments.

Neuro-oncologist

A neuro-oncologist is a doctor who has specialized training in treating brain tumors in children with chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or surgery. Learn about our Neuro-Oncology Program.

Physiatrist

A physiatrist is a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatrists at Children’s Colorado treat a wide range of problems from stroke to spinal cord injuries, with a focus on restoring function to children.

Neuropsychologist

A neuropsychologist is a psychologist who specializes in studying brain/behavior relationships and treating people with issues in nervous system functioning. Neuropsychologists have extensive training in the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the nervous system.

Other caregivers

Other members of your child’s care team can include registered nurses, pediatric nurse practitioners, physician assistants, neurodiagnostic technologists (who perform non-invasive tests on the nervous system, such as EEG), psychologists, genetic counselors, clinical social workers and dietitians.

  • Nurse practitioner: a nurse that has advanced training in a particular area, such as family practice or pediatrics. Nurse practitioners often take the medical history, administer physical exams, perform procedures, order diagnostic tests, prescribe medication, and provide preventive healthcare. They are also licensed to treat illnesses and injuries. 
  • Physician assistant: a healthcare professional licensed to treat illnesses and injuries, orders tests and interpret results, provide preventative health care counseling and prescribe medications. Under the supervision of a trained doctor, physician assistants often take the medical history, administer physical exams, perform procedures, order diagnostic tests and prescribe medication.
  • Social Worker: a licensed provider who focuses on improving the emotional wellbeing of kids and their families and helps coordinate healthcare. In addition to offering emotional support, a social worker can also help facilitate improvements a child needs at school or at home.
  • Dietitian: a nutrition expert who works on our team to help manage prescribed epilepsy diets.

Learn why parents choose our Neuroscience Institute.

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