Neonatal Neurology Clinic

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates are at greater risk for chronic medical conditions than once thought. The risk for neurological illness in NICU graduates changes with gestational age and certain predisposing conditions such as: congenital heart disease, cerebro-vascular malformations and a variety of genetic syndromes. NICU graduates may develop a range of chronic neurological conditions such as motor and cognitive impairments, language dysfunction and epilepsy.


The Neonatal Neurology Clinic at Nationwide Children’s is a joint effort between the Divisions of Neurology and Neonatology. The clinic’s goal is to address the needs of NICU graduates who might have experienced a neurological illness in the newborn period, and to ensure appropriate developmental follow-up. Following initial assessment, a family-oriented, long-term care plan is devised according to each child’s needs. We aim to provide state-of-the-art medical care in a nurturing environment.

Services We Offer

  • Access to several specialists in one location

  • Comprehensive evaluation of new patients

  • Long-term care for children with chronic disability

  • Coordinated scheduling of diagnostic and treatment procedures

  • Communication with referring physicians

  • Assistance for patients and families coping with the chronic effects of prematurity

Physician Referral Information

Appointments to the Neonatal Neurology Clinic are coordinated by the Division Neonatology, usually at the time a child is discharged from the NICU. To make a referral, there are three options:


Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia

Nationwide Children’s is the first and only hospital in central Ohio to offer this therapeutic service.