Best Children's Hospitals: Neurology

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Pediatric Stroke Program director Dr. Rebecca Ichord conducts a neurological exam with her patient. Credit: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

When your child is ill, only the best care is good enough. So we're highlighting the hospitals that are leading the way in research, innovation, treatment and, most importantly, patient care. This is the eighth in the series on best children's hospitals in the United States.

In children, diseases of the nervous system are complicated and include myriad complex diagnoses, from brain tumors to epilepsy and seizures. For this reason, receiving care at specialized children's neurology and neurosurgery hospitals is paramount.

Below are the leading pediatric children's hospitals that treat children with disorders of the nervous system:

Children's Hospital Boston
, Boston, Mass.
Children's Hospital was ranked the No. 1 children's hospital for neurological disorders by U.S. News and many of the leading researchers and medical experts at Children's Boston also are on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. In an effort to provide the earliest possible intervention and the earliest possible identification of brain injury, Boston Children's is a leader in pioneering research in pediatric epilepsy and neuromuscular conditions. The medical experts are renowned for creating the latest research and treatments in fetal-neonatal neurology for infants who have suffered neurological damage during fetal development or during newborn periods of development. The hospital boasts a team of experts in learning disabilities, sleep disorders, brain tumors, cerebral palsy, pediatric neuroimmunology, pediatric multiple sclerosis and related disorders. And for the second consecutive year, the hospital was named a top hospital by The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Survey, which measures the national standards of safety, quality and efficiency that are relevant to consumers and purchasers of care.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, Pa.
CHOP was ranked No. 2 by U.S. News in neurological care for children and is recognized for a slate of unique programs, including a special neuromuscular program for muscular dystrophy; a pediatric epilepsy program that provides comprehensive evaluations for children who suffer seizures; a multiple sclerosis clinic; a pediatric stroke program that offers diagnosis and treatment and prevention of pediatric stroke; and the Friedreich's Ataxia (FA) program for the long-term management of FA, a rare disease that mainly affects the nervous system and the heart.

Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore, Md.
Parental education is a key component of Johns Hopkins' neurological pediatric program, and the center has been lauded for its cutting-edge research in children's neurological disorders. Hopkins is ranked No. 3 by U.S. News in neurological care for children. The emphasis on helping parents better understand the nervous system is woven throughout ongoing treatment. The hospital is known for its expertise in epilepsy and other seizure disorders, movement disorders, spina bifida and Tourette syndrome. Clinical experts also have in-depth experience in several subspecialties, ranging from stroke to seizure disorders.

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