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NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

We are ranked among the best children's hospitals in the country for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, according to U.S. News & World Report. At our NeuroDevelopmental Science Center (NDSC), we bring together 5 pediatric specialties under one roof to deliver the best outcomes and quality of life for children and families affected by neurological and developmental disorders.

We are dedicated to easing the circumstances each step of the way, from referral to diagnosis to treatment. Our goal is to provide care that enriches you and your child's quality of life.

Our center includes pediatric experts in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, neurobehavioral psychology, neurology, neurosurgery and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Our team approach ensures your child receives all the services he needs for complex medical conditions, ranging from autism spectrum and neuromuscular disorders to epilepsy and mitochondrial diseases. We tailor our services to your child's individual needs so she can achieve the best possible outcomes.

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Locations

Contact NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

330-543-8050

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NeuroDevelopmental Science Center
Akron Children's Hospital NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 4
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Bruce H. Cohen
Bruce H. Cohen, MD, FAAN

Director, NeuroDevelopmental Science Center; Interim Vice President and Medical Director, Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute; Chairman, American Academy of Neurology Advocacy Committee; Pediatric Neurologist

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Physicians/Providers:

Abdalla Abdalla, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

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Micah Baird, MD

Director, Division of Pediatric Physiatry; Medical Director, Rehabilitation; Pediatric Physiatrist; Co-director, Myelodysplasia Clinic

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Jacqueline Branch, MD, FAAP

Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician

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Elle Brennan, PhD

Child and Adolescent Psychologist

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Allison Burke, PhD

Director, Autism Diagnostic Clinic; Child and Adolescent Psychologist

Tsulee Chen, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Pediatric Neurosurgeon

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Michael DiSano, MD

Pediatric Epileptologist

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Jessica Foster, MD, MPH, FAAP

Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; The Venner Family Endowed Chair in Autism; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician

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Matthew Ginsberg, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

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Kathleen Hassara, PsyD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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Katrina Hermetet, PhD, NCSP

Pediatric Psychologist; Nationally Certified School Psychologist; Interim Director, Division of Neurobehavioral Health; Associate Director, Pediatric Psychology Fellowship; Program Director, School Success Clinic; Clinic Director, Tic and Tourette Service

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Gwyneth Hughes, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

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Jeannette Iskander, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist

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Joel Katz, DO

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

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Michael Kohrman, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurology; Pediatric Neurologist

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Diane Langkamp, MD, MPH, FAAP

Director, Neonatal Follow-up Clinic and Down Syndrome Program; Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician

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Kelsey Merison, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

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Erica Montague Krapf, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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Kathryn Mosher, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist; Director, Neuromuscular Clinic

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Christopher Najarian, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist: Director, Spasticity Clinic; Co-Director, Myelodysplasia Clinic

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Chinasa Nwankwo, MD

Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist

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Melanie Rak, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist

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Ian Rossman, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

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Bruna Schneider, PsyD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Ronald Seese, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

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Daniel Smith, MD

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician

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Lisa D. Stanford, PhD, ABPP

Neuropsychology Clinical Training Program; Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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Kristen Stefanski, MD

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician

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Stephen Steiner, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

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Nicole Swain, PsyD, ABPP

Pediatric Psychologist

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Vivek Veluchamy, MD

The James F. and Marguerite A. Pearson Endowed Chair in NeuroDevelopmental Sciences for Rare Diseases; Pediatric Neurologist

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M. Cristina Victorio, MD

Director, Headache Program; Pediatric Neurologist

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Shana Wilson Schuler, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist

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Kristine Woods, PsyD, BCB

Pediatric Psychologist

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Lucyna Zawadzki, MD

Director, Pediatric Epileptology; Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist

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Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Taryn Basel, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Alisha Bauer, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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Bridget Becka, APRN-CNP

Nurse Practitioner

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Sandra Bennett, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Pediatric Mental Health Specialist

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Yvonne Bolden, BSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Francesca Carra, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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Kristin Cole, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Shawnelle Contini, MSHS, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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Angela Davis, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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Amanda Delaratta, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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Margaret Dell, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Mackenzie Feathers, APRN-CNP

Nurse Practitioner

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Kristina Fey, MSN, APRN-CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

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Christina Fox-Akers, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Danielle Freeman, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Melissa Huelsman, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Mozhdeh Jucikas, MSN, APRN-CNP

Coordinator, Epilepsy Surgery Program; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Dianne Kulasa-Luke, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Tiffany Leonard, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Haley MacEwen, APRN-CNP

Nurse Practitioner

Paul Moore, APRN-CNP

Nurse Practitioner

Carolyn Muha, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Kristina Muhleman, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Jared Pennington, PhD, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Jacob Sisko, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Kelsey Tasker, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Allison Wilson, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Kelly Wiseman, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Other Providers:

Taylor Lewis, OT

Occupational Therapist

Roshawnda Wynn, OT

Occupational Therapist

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What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

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Some of the Conditions We Treat...

autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, neuromuscular disorder, down syndrome, Aneurysms, Anomalies of Cortical Development, Apraxia, Arachnoid Cyst, Arachnoid Granulation, Arteriovenous Malformations, Asperger Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bell's Palsy, Brain Injury, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Chiari Malformation, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Cushing's Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Encephalitis, Encephalocele, Ependymoma, Epilepsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Headache, Hypertonia, Hypotonia, Hypoxic-Encephalopathy, Migraines, Mitochondrial Disease, Muscle Spasticity, Muscular Dystrophy, Narcolepsy, Neurofibromatosis, Neuromuscular Disorders, Rett Syndrome, Seizures, Tetanus, Tourette Syndrome



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