Children's Hospital Colorado

How We Work at the Neuroscience Institute

We provide comprehensive care for developmental and nervous system disorders ranging from complex neurosurgery to cognitive and behavioral counseling.

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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 physicians (doctors) on your child’s care team

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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 9 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 he or she has the widest range of treatment options, the most extensive and complete training, and the greatest expertise in dealing with children and in treating neurosurgical problems. Read about our 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.


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

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.

Learn about the Colorado Fetal Care Center for moms and babies of high-risk pregnancies.


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

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 people.

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 nutritionists.

We also have dedicated palliative care to support any child with a life-threatening or life-limiting neurological condition. This team works to create positive experiences and celebrate moments of joy during a difficult time. Learn more about our palliative care team and how they help ease the symptoms, pain and stress of serious illness for a child and their family.

Find out why parents choose our Neuroscience Institute and see a list of conditions we treat.