Neurology Division Ranked 4th in the Nation

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Division of Neurology Ranked 4th in the Nation, Epilepsy Center, Movement Disorders Program, Neurocritical Care Program, Neuromuscular Program, Multiple Sclerosis/Demyelinating Program
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Division of Neurology Ranked 4th in the Nation

The Division of Neurology at Lurie Children’s was ranked 4th in the nation for child neurology and neurosurgery by U.S.News & World Report. The division includes comprehensive, specialized programs to treat acute brain injuries and neurologic complications of critical illness, epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, movement disorders and multiple sclerosis. The division is led by Leon Epstein, MD; learn about his research interests.

Epilepsy Center

Led by Douglas Nordli, MD, the Epilepsy Center includes a specialized, comprehensive team of board-certified epileptologists and neurosurgeons, pediatric nurse practitioners, an education specialist, social workers and dieticians. This multidisciplinary approach allows us to provide the best possible care for over 2,200 children each year. Our staff participates in a number of research projects. Of note, Dr. Nordli is working with other sites on a Center Without Walls study through the NIH on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy patients. In addition, the staff participates in research projects related to prolonged febrile seizures, Dravet Syndrome and prevention of West Syndrome. Learn more about Dr. Nordli's research interests.

Movement Disorders Program

Our Movement Disorders Program, led by Joanna Blackburn, MD, treats patients with tics/Tourette syndrome, dystonia, chorea, stereotypies, tremor, ataxia, movement disorders associated with cerebral palsy and genetic/metabolic diseases. In the past year, the program has created a dedicated weekly tic/Tourette clinic. Working closely the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the team has trained multiple providers in habit reversal therapy (a behavioral approach to the treatment of Tourette syndrome). The program has also established a pediatric Wilson’s disease clinic in collaboration with our GI colleagues. Learn more about Dr. Blackburn's research interests.  

Neurocritical Care Program

The Ruth D. & Ken M. Davee Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program works to improve neurologic outcomes following brain injuries and reduce neurologic complications of critical illness. The program’s specialists treat patients in the pediatric, cardiac and neonatal intensive care units with acute brain injuries including stroke, traumatic brain injuries, status epilepticus, cardiac arrest, brain infections or neurologic complications of critical illness. This year, the program, led by Mark Wainwright, MD, PhD, has started a new training path combining clinical neurocritical care and ICU neurophysiology in collaboration with the Epilepsy Center. The team is also participating in various NIH-sponsored clinical trials in pediatric brain injury. Learn more about Dr. Wainwright’s research interests.

Mazza Foundation Neuromuscular Program

The Mazza Foundation Neuromuscular Program, led by Nancy Kuntz, MD, provides specialized care to children with muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and other neuromuscular disorders. The program includes the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Clinic, allowing patients to benefit from MDA’s extensive range of support services, resources and educational materials. Lurie Children’s is enrolling infants and children into groundbreaking clinical treatment trials for both spinal muscular atrophy and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Learn more about the program and Dr. Kuntz’s research interests.

Multiple Sclerosis/
Demyelinating Program

The Multiple Sclerosis/Demyelinating Program, led by Jennifer Rubin, MD, specializes in the care of children and adolescents with demyelinating diseases such as optic neuritis, transverse myelitis, neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and multiple sclerosis (MS). The program is excited to announce that it has started a support group for teenagers with MS and their families. The program is also participating in a clinical trial of the first oral medication approved for use in adults with MS, to assess the safety and efficacy in children and adolescents with MS. Read more about Dr. Rubin’s research interests.


Lurie Children's offers free online courses for continuing medical education. Upcoming courses include:
Feeding Disorders in Children: A Little Taste
Jan. 14, 2015
Counseling Adolescents for STDs and HIV
February 12, 2015
Sticks, Stones & Words Hurt: Bullying Prevention
February 24, 2015
Bariatric Surgery for the Adolescent
March 3, 2015
New Insights on Pediatric Obesity Recent Studies That May Influence Your Management
March 19, 2015
Headache Management in Children
April 16, 2015
The ABCs of BAV in Children
May 6, 2015

New Affiliation with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital

Lurie Children’s has a new affiliation with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Pediatric hospitalists are on-site around the clock and available for your patients in their pediatric unit and emergency room, making sure children receive high-quality care. 

Illinois Medicaid

Lurie Children's participates with many of the new Illinois Managed Medicaid plans. Learn more about the plans
Lurie Children's is a recipient of the Illinois Hospital Association Quality Excellence Achievement Award.
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