Pediatric Neurosurgery Program of Excellence

pediatrician with stethoscope and very small babyIntroduction

generic-peds 1Neurosurgical 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. 

Pediatric Neurosurgeons Specialties
Allyson Alexander

Allyson Alexander, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery - Peds

https://www.childrenscolorado.org/doctors-and-departments/physicians/a/allyson-alexander/

https://www.cudoctors.com/Find_A_Doctor/Profile/26849

Surgical treatment of epilepsy; craniosynostosis; hydrocephalus and shunts; Chiari malformations; tethered cords; general pediatric neurosurgery
handler

Michael Handler, MD
Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital, Colorado
The McMurry-Seebaum Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery
Associate Surgeon-in-Chief, Children's Hospital Colorado

https://www.cudoctors.com/Find_A_Doctor/Profile/689

https://www.childrenscolorado.org/doctors-and-departments/physicians/h/michael-handler/

Pediatric Neurosurgery, Congenital Malformations, Brain Tumors, Epilepsy Surgery and Neuro-endoscopy.
Todd Hankinson

Todd Hankinson, MD
Associate Professor, Neurosurgery – Peds

https://www.childrenscolorado.org/doctors-and-departments/physicians/h/todd-hankinson/

https://www.cudoctors.com/Find_A_Doctor/Profile/15838

Pediatric Brain and Spine Tumors,  Pediatric Cervical Spine
Brent O'Neill

Brent O’Neill, MD
Associate Professor, Neurosurgery-Peds

https://www.cudoctors.com/Find_A_Doctor/Profile/16197

https://www.childrenscolorado.org/doctors-and-departments/physicians/o/brent-oneill/

All pediatric neurosurgery, but especially pediatric epilepsy surgery, spina bifida (in particular, fetal surgery for myelomeningocele), and hydrocephalus.
Charles Wilkinson

Corbett Wilkinson, MD
Associate Professor, Neurosurgery - Peds

https://www.childrenscolorado.org/doctors-and-departments/physicians/w/corbett-wilkinson/

https://www.cudoctors.com/Find_A_Doctor/Profile/3342

Pediatric Neurosurgery, Craniosynostosis, spasticity (selective dorsal rhizotomy & baclofen pumps), moyamoya disease, congenital malformations of the brain, spinal cord, skull, and spine

Other information

Conditions we treat with neurosurgery:

Training

Pediatric neurosurgeons are medical doctors who have had:

  • At least 4 years of medical school
  • One year of surgical internship
  • Five or more years of residency training in neurological surgery
  • Additional training in pediatric neurosurgery
  • Certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery

doctor holding babyPediatric 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.