Pediatric Neurosurgery Center

The Pediatric Neurosurgery Center at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) is a highly-regarded asset for the New York Region. CHAM has been annually ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top such services in the nation since shortly after it opening.

Our surgeons have a combined experience of more than 60 years, and our immediate training lineage was integral in establishing the specialty of pediatric neurosurgery. We feel a responsibility for the future of our young patients, and we have established a service that not only provides cutting-edge treatment but also works with our partners to provide an environment that supports our patients and their familyís well-being during the treatment experience.

The Pediatric Neurosurgical Center, in addition to having acknowledged expertise in general pediatric neurosurgery, has many areas of subspecialty care that are recognized regionally, nationally and internationally.

  • Craniofacial reconstruction: The Craniofacial Center, specializing in the surgical and nonsurgical correction of skull and facial deformities, is one of the original such centers in North America.
  • Spasticity and other chronic disabling condition: Function, a center for treatment of neuromuscular disabilities, is a regional resource providing care to a growing number of children and adults with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, stroke and nerve injuries.
  • Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus, while a condition commonly treated by neurosurgeons, can often become complicated by treatment malfunctions and associated ailments such as headaches. The Pediatric Neurosurgical Center has a regional reputation for treating such complications in the management of hydrocephalus.
  • Tumors: Our service is an integral part of the Adam Gaynes Neuro-Oncology Program that treats complex tumors in the nervous system of children at CHAM. It is one of the largest such programs in the Northeast and its opinions are frequently sought in developing treatment plans for children and adolescents with tumors involving the nervous system.

A key element for all our programs is multidisciplinary collaboration with talented physicians and surgeons from multiple specialties at CHAM that helps us to understand and treat children with illnesses and conditions afflicting their nervous systems. We credit this preferred approach for the successes we see with our patients.

Our Team

Our team includes Ira R. Abbott, MD; James T. Goodrich, MD, PhD; Kamilah A. Dowling, NP; Kerry Maleska, RN, PNP, MS

Conditions Treated

Our team treats conditions that include:

  • Chiari
  • 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 Offered

We provide treatment that includes:

  • Endoscopic surgery
  • Intraoperative computer assisted surgery
  • Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring
  • Minimally-invasive surgery
  • Multi-specialty surgery

[CNN Story Images HERE]

In 2016, through a complex series of surgeries, conjoined twins Jadon and Anias McDonald were successfully separated at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM).  Using virtual planning and 3D printing technologies to map their way through the boys’ attached brains, CHAM surgeons prepared for months in advance. The team performed four surgeries over nine months to separate the delicate web of veins and vessels, skin and bone that the boys shared. Now, the boys have made a strong recovery and continue to show tremendous progress.

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

The CNN Special Report 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.