Services

Pediatric Neurosurgery Center

We provide state-of-the-art treatment in a supportive environment designed to promote both patient and family well-being.

The Pediatric Neurosurgery Center at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) offers a local, regional and national alternative for exceptional care.

Our team of cross-disciplinary specialists is world-renowned for its expertise in care and research. The center also holds national and regional recognition by U.S. News & World Report.

Our surgeons have a combined experience of more than 60 years and, directly through their education and training, were integral in establishing the specialty of pediatric neurosurgery. The Pediatric Neurosurgery Center holds a deep responsibility for the future of its young patients and provides state-of-the-art treatments as part of the center's offerings. We also work with our partners at CHAM to provide an environment that supports our patients and their family’s well-being.

Jadon and Anias McDonald, craniopagus twins conjoined at the head with brains intertwined, were successfully separated at CHAM in 2016. Above: The McDonald twins shortly after they were born. Banner: Jadon and Anias a year after a series of surgeries to separate them.
Craniofacial Reconstruction

Our Craniofacial Center specialists compassionately deliver surgical and nonsurgical correction of skull and facial deformities. We helped pioneer the practice as one of the original centers in North America.

The repair of craniofacial abnormalities is a collaborative effort between a team of pediatric neurosurgeons and specialized pediatric plastic surgeons.
Spasticity/Chronic, Disabling Conditions

Through our Function Center, we provide centralized treatment of neuromuscular disabilities, creating a regional resource that provides care to a growing number of children and adults afflicted with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, stroke and/or nerve injuries.

The function clinical is a multidisciplinary group committed to restoring function to normal or near normal levels in children with a variety of neurological disorders.
Hydrocephalus Complications

A condition commonly treated by neurosurgeons, hydrocephalus can often become a complex condition due to treatment response malfunctions and associated ailments like headaches. Our Pediatric Neurosurgery Center has earned a regional reputation for its exceptional ability to treat and manage these complications.

Neuro-Oncology (tumors)

The Adam Gaynes Pediatric Neuro-oncology Program at CHAM treats children with complex nervous system tumors. It is one of the largest programs of its kind in the region, frequently sought out by others to develop treatment plans for children and adolescents due to our level of expertise and preeminent position in the field.

Pediatric neuro-oncology has experienced tremendous advances leading to vastly better outcomes than was previously possible. The treatments employ a team of specialists in pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric oncology and radiation oncology to provide the most current treatments in the family- and child-friendly environment of the only dedicated children’s hospital in the New York metropolitan area.
World-Renowned Specialists

Our program employs a multidisciplinary collaboration of talented surgeons, physicians, nurses and other specialists to help understand and successfully treat nervous system illness and conditions afflicting children.
Our team includes these highly skilled physicians and nurses:

Neurosurgical Team Leaders
Director of Surgical Neuro-Oncology, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Pediatric Neurosurgery: Ira R. Abbott, MD; James T. Goodrich, MD; Kamilah A. Dowling, NP; Kerry A. Maleska, RN

Neuro-oncology: Adam S. Levy, MD; Nagma Dalvi, MD

Plastic Surgery: Oren M. Tepper, MD; Evan S. Garfein, MD

Orthopedic Surgery: Jacob F. Schulz, MD; Melinda S. Sharkey, MD

Urology: Beth A. Drzewiecki, MD; Anthony J. Casale, MD

Rehabilitation Medicine: David Cancel, MD; Yuxi Chen, MD

Conditions We Treat

Our Pediatric Neurosurgery team treats a variety of conditions, a selection of which you will find listed below. In addition to these, we have experience in treating many other conditions. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation so that we can review and discuss your specific healthcare needs.

  • Chiari syndrome
  • Congenital anomalies, including craniosynostosis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Spina bifida
  • Perinatal injuries, such as brachial plexus injuries, cerebral palsy hypertonia
  • Tethered spinal cord
  • Tumors of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves
Treatments We Offer

Treatment plans are designed to maximize our patients’ care. For those seeking further information, we have included a few examples of the treatments we offer at the Pediatric Neurolosurgery Center.

  • Endoscopic surgery
  • Intraoperative computer-assisted surgery
  • Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Multispecialty surgery
Acclaim
Courage Beat the Odds

In 2016, through a complex series of surgeries, conjoined twins Jadon and Anias McDonald, craniopagus twins conjoined at the head with brains intertwined, were successfully separated at CHAM. Using virtual planning and 3-D printing technologies to map their way through the boys’ attached brains, CHAM surgeons prepared for months in advance. The team, comprising more than 50 specialists across twelve disciplines performed four surgeries over nine months to separate the delicate web of veins and vessels, skin and bone that the boys shared. The boys have made a strong recovery and continue to show tremendous progress as a result of the separation.

Dr. James T. Goodrich, led the surgical team, and dr. Oren Tepper, led the reconstructive portion of the boys’ care.

Emmy-Award Winning Special Report

The Emmy award-winning CNN film Separated: Saving the Twins takes viewers inside CHAM to meet the team who performed the historic 27-hour-long final surgery that separated the McDonald twins. This emotional film shares the journey of the twin boys, their family, and the heroic staff that worked around the clock on this historic surgical success story.

 

 

Physician Referrals

Montefiore embraces a collaborative approach.
For patient referrals or consultations,
please contact us at 718-920-7400.

Patients and Families

For more information about Montefiore's Department of Neurological Surgery,
please contact us at 718-920-7400.