Complete Care for Your Child’s Neurological Disorder
Neurological disorders are complex and can affect many aspects of your child’s life. At Duke, our pediatric neurologists treat the full spectrum of neurology-related disorders, from epilepsy and concussion to neuromuscular diseases and rare conditions like alternating hemiplegia of childhood. We work with a team of specialists who focus on each aspect of your child’s care. Our goal is to help your child enjoy the healthiest life possible.
Your Child’s Neurological Needs Are Our Main Concern
- Excellence with a heart. Our doctors develop deep, personal, caring, and often long-term relationships with your child. We call this “excellence with a heart.” This approach is so important to us that we only employ health professionals who share our philosophy and mindset.
- Your child’s team. Most neurological disorders affect multiple aspects of physical, emotional, and social well-being. As a result, your child’s care team may consist of a wide variety of specialties and services to meet her needs. These may include medical genetics, neuropsychology, neurosurgery, child development and behavioral health, social work, developmental pediatrics, physical/occupational/speech therapy, nutrition, and adult neurology.
- When your child's care involves many specialists. We coordinate his or her care in a way that ensures consistent and timely communication between specialists. This improves your child’s care because your child’s doctors work together to make decisions together that result in maximum benefit to your child.
- Undiagnosed Diseases Network. If your child's disorder is difficult to diagnose, he or she may participate in additional testing through the Undiagnosed Diseases Network -- a research study funded by the National Institutes of Health to improve and accelerate diagnosis of rare and undiagnosed conditions. Duke is one of the network's seven clinical sites across the U.S.
- Transition your child to adult neurology care. Our pediatric neurologists work closely with Duke Health adult neurologists and are committed to supporting you and your child when he or she reaches adulthood.
Nationally Recognized Experts in Pediatric Neurology
Our expert care of children with neurologic concerns has been recognized by U.S News & World Report, as well as other prestigious organizations. It is also one of many reasons why pediatric specialists refer their young patients with neurological concerns to Duke. They know our pediatric neurologists have years of training and experience working with children who have serious and complex neurological conditions.
- Certified centers. We are a certified Duchenne Care Center for muscular dystrophy, and as Level 4 Epilepsy Center, we have achieved the highest certification by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.
- Experts in their fields. Our pediatric neurologists are nationally recognized for their expertise. Duke pediatric neurologists have written reference chapters in the standard and leading specialty textbooks, taken leadership roles in presenting at national and international conferences, and participated in establishing guidelines for care.
- High-quality surgical care. Duke Children’s is one of only seven hospitals in the U.S. verified as a level I children's surgery center by the American College of Surgeons. This Level I designation recognizes our commitment to providing the safest and highest-quality surgical care to our young patients. We’re also consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best in the nation for neurological and neurosurgical care.
- Research discoveries. Your child may be eligible to receive leading-edge therapies through our clinical trials. In the past, Duke researchers contributed to breakthrough treatments in cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and epilepsy. In 2012, the gene that causes alternating hemiplegia of childhood was discovered at Duke. Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood is a rare and often debilitating disorder. We are leading the way in the diagnosis of complex genetic neurological disorders and providing precision therapy to patients with such disorders.
- Skilled, compassionate nurses. The highly skilled nurses providing your child’s care are dedicated, compassionate, and insightful health professionals.
We provide a wealth of family-friendly services to support you and your entire family. We know how stressful and disruptive it can be to pursue care for a child with a neurological disorder. We are here to answer your questions and make your time at Duke Children’s as easy and comfortable as possible.
- If your child is in the hospital, you can relax in the Ronald McDonald House Family Room. You can grab a light meal, shower, do laundry, or use a computer with internet access.
- Get support, education, and guidance to help you and your child during treatment and hospitalization. Our Child Life specialists are here to make your child's health care experience positive -- whether it's explaining a procedure, offering encouragement, or using fun activities to take your child’s mind off treatment.
- Our care coordinators and social workers can help you navigate the medical system and coordinate the variety of health services your child needs, including appointment scheduling. We help you work with insurance providers, connect you with resources, and help you manage details related to your child’s care.