Division of Child Neurology | NYU Langone Health

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Department of Neurology Divisions & Centers Division of Child Neurology

Division of Child Neurology

The Division of Child Neurology is proud to be a part of the rapid growth in the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology at NYU Langone Health. We pride ourselves on being able to provide the full range of neurological services that any child might need.

We are also actively training the next generation of child neurologists through our residency training program.

If you have any questions about our clinical services or educational and research opportunities, please contact John T. Wells, MD, division director and clinical professor of child neurology, at john.wells@nyulangone.org.

Our Clinical Expertise

Our division provides expert clinical care for children with a wide range of neurological conditions, including epilepsy and seizure disorders, neuromuscular diseases, a broad range of developmental disorders, autism spectrum disorder, headache, and concussion. We also provide fetal neurology consultations and neonatal neurology services.

Guided by Dr. Wells, division director, our physicians care for children from infancy through adolescence. Many patients are also followed into adulthood. Our general child neurology attending staff includes Dr. Wells; Sandra L. Forem, MD; Emily A. Gertsch, MD; and Amanda B. Murphy, MD.

The pediatric neurogenetics team, under the direction of Heather A. Lau, MD, evaluates and treats lysosomal storage disorders, as well as many other rare diseases. Dr. Lau is involved in a broad array of clinical trials.

Our experts care for children with pediatric autoimmune disorders both as inpatients and outpatients at our nationally renowned Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center, under the direction of Lauren B. Krupp, MD.

Our Comprehensive Neurofibromatosis Center, headed by Kaleb H. Yohay, MD, treats children and adults with neurofibromatosis type 1 and type 2, along with related diseases. It is one of the largest such centers in the country and engages in both outstanding clinical care and research.

At the Center for Children, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, neuromuscular experts Mary-Lynn Y. Chu, MD, and Amanda B. Murphy, MD, evaluate and recommend innovative treatments for children with neuromuscular conditions, including intrathecal baclofen therapy for severe spasticity and dystonia and botulinum toxin injections for focal spasticity. Dr. Chu and Dr. Murphy, in collaboration with our Clinical Genetic Services, investigate rare neuromuscular disorders, provide genetic investigations and counseling, and deliver treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy. NYU Langone is also home to a Muscular Dystrophy Association Care Center that treats children and adults.

Our physicians closely collaborate with pediatric epilepsy experts at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and Pediatric Epilepsy Program; child psychiatrists at the Child Study Center; pediatric neuro-oncologists at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital; and concussion experts at the Concussion Center.

We also provide a full range of pediatric epilepsy and neurological care at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

Child Neurology Education

Under the leadership of Aaron Nelson, MD, we have a vibrant child neurology residency training program with two residents per year. All residents in NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s adult neurology residency program in Manhattan and Brooklyn complete a three-month rotation in our program.

Child Neurology Research

Our research interests include pediatric headache, concussion, neurogenetics, neurocutaneous syndromes, and neuromuscular diseases.