Physicians of the Section of Neurology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital deliver comprehensive patient care for children with a wide variety of neurological and neuromuscular diseases and provide state-of-the-art neurophysiological diagnostic testing and intraoperative monitoring. The section offers outstanding residency and fellowship opportunities. A variety of ongoing research activities, take place in the section and in collaboration with the Center for Gene Therapy.
Ranked in the top 10 programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides evaluation and treatment for problems of the central nervous system in patients from birth through 21 years and in selected adults with congenital neurological disorders. The staff works closely with members of the departments of Anesthesia, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and other pediatric disciplines.
The section has 33 physicians, all of whom are faculty members at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. The group also includes nine nurse practitioners and a physician assistant. Members of the section oversee comprehensive programs for children with epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, movement disorders, and headache. Other multidisciplinary programs include the country’s first Batten Disease Center of Excellence, the first Intracranial Hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri) Program for children, the Stroke and Vascular Anomalies Program, the Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic, the Neuroimmunology Program focusing on demyelinating disease in children, and a brain tumor program.
Recently the Section recruited a pediatric movement disorders specialist, one of only a few individuals in the country with extensive training in these disorders. Another recent recruit completed fellowships in both child neurology and critical care medicine, allowing us to develop a program for very ill children with neurological impairment. Recruitment of three additional physicians who specialize in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology allows the group to expand its services for children with epilepsy and further develop its epilepsy surgery program.
The child neurology residency program is certified by the ACGME and continues to attract excellent trainees. The Section also offers fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular disease. Faculty members publish numerous journal articles and textbooks, especially related to dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, management of childhood stroke, neuromuscular disease, and epilepsy. Several faculty members serve as international leaders in child neurology, including Dr. Lo, who was recently elected chair of the Section of Child Neurology of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Roach is editor of the journal Pediatric Neurology, and members of the Neurology Section also hold nine editorial board positions with other medical journals.
July 2014 to June 2015 represented the first year for Jeffery Leonard, MD, as division chief, and during that time two additional neurosurgeons, Jonathan Pindrik, MD, and Eric Sribnick, MD, PhD, were hired. In partnership with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Department of Neurological Surgery, a transgenerational epilepsy program was created, capable of serving the needs of both institutions. In addition, Dr. Pindrik’s clinical interests in brachial plexus surgery and peripheral nerve injury represent a new direction for the department. Dr. Sribnick’s clinical interests include traumatic brain injury and spine surgery. He is also establishing a basic science lab studying head and spinal cord injury. He, along with the Intensive Care Unit, has revised the head injury-management guidelines that reflect the multidisciplinary care these patients require.
We are also fortunate to have Grace Deyo, RN, PhD, join the practice. She and Renee Carpenter-Wells, RN, MSN, CPNP, AC/PC, who focuses on transition to adult healthcare for patients with spina bifida, have specific research goals for advancement of the care of patients with neurological disease.
Dr. Leonard has continued his focus on brain tumors and improving treatment for childhood brain tumors. He continues his research interest in exosomes and the complicated extra-cellular matrix. Lance Governale, MD, continues to focus on pediatric patients with headshape abnormalities and has written excellent reviews while providing outreach to the area pediatricians.
With our new additions, our reach has also grown. In addition to our significant increases in both surgical cases and clinic visits, we have also established an outreach clinic in Mansfield, Ohio, so that our services are located closer to the people we serve. We will now begin seeing patients twice monthly at the Mansfield Close to Home Center.
E. Steve Roach, MD
Jeffrey R. Leonard, MD
Selected Neurosciences Publications
Chung MG, Lo WD. Noninvasive brain stimulation: the potential for use in the rehabilitation of pediatric acquired brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2015 Apr;96(4 Suppl):S129-37.
Heyer GL. Abdominal and lower-extremity compression decreases symptoms of postural tachycardia syndrome in youth during tilt table testing. Journal of Pediatrics. 2014 Aug;165(2):395-7.
Lo W, Gordon A, Hajek C, Gomes A, Greenham M, Perkins E, Zumberge N, Anderson V, Yeates KO, Mackay MT. Social competence following neonatal and childhood stroke. International Journal of Stroke. 2014 Dec;9(8):1037-44.
Mytinger JR, Weber A, Heyer GL. The response to ACTH is determined early in the treatment of infantile spasms. Epileptic Disorders. 2015 Mar;17(1):52-7.
Rose SC, Weber KD, Collen JB, Heyer GL. The Diagnosis and Management of Concussion in Children and Adolescents. Pediatric Neurology. 2015 Apr. [Epub ahead of print]
Chen YH, McGowan LD, Cimino PJ, Dahiya S, Leonard JR, Lee da Y, Gutmann DH. Mouse low-grade gliomas contain cancer stem cells with unique molecular and functional properties. Cell Reports. 2015 Mar;10(11):1899-912.
Governale LS. Minimally invasive pediatric neurosurgery. Pediatric Neurology. 2015 Apr;52(4):389-97.
Haydon DH, Dahiya S, Smyth MD, Limbrick DD, Leonard JR. Greater extent of resection improves ganglioglioma recurrence-free survival in children: a volumetric analysis. Neurosurgery. 2014 Jul;75(1):37-42.
Qualls D, Leonard JR, Keller M, Pineda J, Leonard JC. Utility of magnetic resonance imaging in diagnosing cervical spine injury in children with severe traumatic brain injury. The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2015 Jun;78(6):1122-8.
Sribnick EA, Hanfelt JJ, Dhall SS. A clinical scale to communicate surgical urgency for traumatic brain injury: a preliminary study. Surgical Neurology International. 2015 Jan 5;6:1.
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