Neurosurgery :: Nationwide Children's Hospital


Advanced surgical techniques for rare brain tumors, epilepsy or Chiari malformations. Urgent interventions for injuries due to trauma or stroke. Neurosurgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital provides the best possible care to all pediatric patients with neurosurgical needs.

Our staff works closely with the departments of Anesthesia, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Hematology/Oncology & BMT and many others to promote positive outcomes for neurosurgical patients from birth to age 21, and to selected adults with congenital neurological disorders.

March 2010 marked the completion of our new, state-of-the-art neurosurgical operating room, equipped with intraoperative MRI, advanced neurosurgical microscope system and stereotactic guidance.

Conditions Treated in Neurosurgery

  • Aneurysms

  • AVMs (arteriovenous malformations)

  • Brachial plexus injury

  • Brain tumors - Learn about our Brain Tumor Program

  • Cavernous angiomas

  • Chiari malformations

  • Craniosynostosis

  • Epilepsy (when surgery is required)

  • Hydrocephalus

  • Myelomeningocele

  • Neurological birth defects

  • Neurological trauma

  • Pediatric disc disease

  • Peripheral nerve injury

  • Spasticity

  • Spina bifida

  • Spinal disorders

  • Tethered cord

  • Trauma

  • Vascular disease

Our Neurosurgical Team

The experience and expertise of our neurosurgical team allows the provision of state-of-the-art care. Our surgeons value collaborative relationships with primary care physicians and believe in maintaining communication to support ongoing patient care. The team’s expertise includes minimally invasive endoscopic procedures to decrease the impact on the patient, minimize pain and promote faster recovery. They also specialize in minimally invasive treatment of intraventricular pathology and appropriate brain tumors.

Physician Referrals: Rapid Access to Leading Specialists

Neurosurgery offers rapid appointment scheduling—within just a few days for non-emergent cases and within 24 hours for urgent cases.

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Neurosurgery Clinic

Blake's Journey

Baby Blake had a whole team in place just for him, months before he entered the world. Diagnosed with spina bifida, Blake would need surgery within his first few days of life.

Blake's Journey Home

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Fast Facts

July 2013 – June 2014

Inpatient Discharges: 384
Observation and Outpatient-in-a-Bed Discharges: 59
Total Discharges: 443
Average Length of Stay*: 4.6
Average Daily Census*: 4.9
Patient Days*: 1,773
Total Surgical Procedures: 611
Neurosurgery Clinic Visits: 3,083

*Excludes observation and outpatient-in-a-bed patients.

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Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000