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Emergent Pediatric Neurological Care

Children suffering from an emergent neurological condition, such as an aneurysm or a traumatic brain injury, are racing against time. The likelihood of permanent secondary damage to the brain or even death increases exponentially with each passing hour, and early intervention at a medical center that can provide the highest level of emergent neurological care is critical.

The multidisciplinary team at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital stands at the ready when every second counts. The affiliated physicians are leaders in treating aneurysms, intracerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Those individuals with acute neurological injuries benefit from our affiliation with the Red Duke Trauma Institute, Memorial Hermann’s Level I adult and pediatric trauma center and one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation.

The Program

The Children’s Neuroscience Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is affiliated with the Mischer Neuroscience Institute and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. The Institute is home to Houston’s first dedicated onsite stroke team, the leading epilepsy program in the southwestern United States, and countless innovations in neurotrauma, spine surgery, brain tumors and more. Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital provides a full continuum of high level care for neurological patients. The hospital’s dedicated neuroscience team offers patients intermediate nursing care specifically tailored to our pediatric neuroscience patients. This enables the team to provide complex care, neurological exams, and specialized treatment. Patients needing surgery are quickly triaged and routed to the OR. The hospital continues patient care through outpatient neurorehabilitation at leading facilities in the Greater Houston area.

Research

In collaboration with McGovern Medical School, investigators at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital are participating in multicenter and single-center clinical trials that improve treatment for patients who cannot be treated elsewhere.

Among some of the current research studies under way are infusions for children with recurrent malignant fourth ventricular brain tumors, nonoperative management of cell histiocytosis, radiation-induced malignancies in shunts, and noninvasive diagnostic procedures. Investigators are also seeking to increase the effect of standard-of-care treatment exploring selective dorsal rhizotomy, epilepsy and syringomyela.

Patient Care

The pediatric neuroscience pod at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital offers patients dedicated intermediate nursing care specifically tailored to their needs. This enables Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital to provide complex care, neurological exams and specialized treatment. The nursing staff is also chemotherapy certified and able to provide infusions to patients without moving them to another location.

Meet the Team

Dr. Sandberg

David I. Sandberg, M.D., FACS, FAAP
Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Mischer Neuroscience Institute
Professor,
The Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery
Professor and Chief, Department of
Pediatric Surgery, Division of Pediatric
Neurosurgery, Dr. Marnie Rose Professorship in
Pediatric Neurosurgery at McGovern Medical
School at UTHealth

Dr. Fletcher

Stephen Fletcher, D.O.
Associate Professor,
Department of Pediatric Surgery,
Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
McGovern Medical School
at UTHealth

Dr Manish Shah MD

Manish Shah, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric
Surgery, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Collaboration

Referring physicians are kept fully informed about patient progress throughout the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment process. Following the patient’s office visit, referring physicians will receive a summary that includes the initial diagnosis, pending tests and treatment options.

For patient transfers to the Children’s Neuroscience Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, call 713.704.2500.

For more information about the program, please visit childrens.memorialhermann.org/neuro or call 832.325.7242.