Neurosurgical problems seen by pediatric neurosurgeons are often quite different from those commonly seen by adult or general neurosurgeons. Special training in pediatric diseases as they relate to pediatric neurosurgical diseases is important. Pediatric neurosurgical problems often are present for life. Pediatric neurosurgeons have a special and longstanding relationship with their patients. Children with nervous system problems frequently require ongoing and close follow-up throughout childhood and adolescence.
The Pediatric Neurosurgery Program at Children's Hospital Colorado (staffed by the faculty of CU School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery) diagnoses and treats children with diseases of the brain and spinal cord. We offer integrated, comprehensive treatment for all types of disorders affecting the nervous system and skull including traumatic injury, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, brain tumors and facial and skull deformities.
Allyson Alexander, MD, PhD
|Surgical treatment of epilepsy; craniosynostosis; hydrocephalus and shunts; Chiari malformations; tethered cords; general pediatric neurosurgery|
Michael Handler, MD
Associate Surgeon-in-Chief, Children's Hospital Colorado
|Pediatric Neurosurgery, Congenital Malformations, Brain Tumors, Epilepsy Surgery and Neuro-endoscopy.|
Todd Hankinson, MD
|Pediatric Brain and Spine Tumors, Pediatric Cervical Spine|
Brent O’Neill, MD
|All pediatric neurosurgery, but especially pediatric epilepsy surgery, spina bifida (in particular, fetal surgery for myelomeningocele), and hydrocephalus.|
Thomas Ridder, MD
Corbett Wilkinson, MD
|Pediatric Neurosurgery, Craniosynostosis, spasticity (selective dorsal rhizotomy & baclofen pumps), moyamoya disease, congenital malformations of the brain, spinal cord, skull, and spine|
Conditions we treat with neurosurgery:
Pediatric neurosurgeons are medical doctors who have had:
Pediatric neurosurgeons treat children from the newborn period through the teenage years. They choose to make pediatric care the core of their medical practice, and the unique nature of medical and surgical care of children is learned
from advanced training and experience in practice.
The University of Colorado Department of Neurosurgery offers residencies and two fellowships in pediatric neurosurgery. Click on our medical training tab on the home page to find out more.