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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
Suite 4400
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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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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Nancy George Philip, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Neurologist

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Matthew Ginsberg, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

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Kathleen Hassara, PsyD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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Gwyneth Hughes, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

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Jeannette Iskander, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Joel Katz, DO

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

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Susan Klein, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

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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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Katrina Lindsay, PhD, NCSP

Director: School Success Clinic and Tic and Tourette Service; Pediatric Psychologist; Nationally Certified School Psychologist

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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

Daniel Smith, MD

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician

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Lisa D. Stanford, PhD, ABPP

Director, Division of Neurobehavioral Health; 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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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

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

Pretti Polk, DNP, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Jacob Sisko, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Kelsey Tasker, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Kelly Wiseman, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Other Providers:

Taylor Lewis, OT

Occupational Therapist

Roshawnda Wynn, OT

Occupational Therapist

Open Clinical Studies

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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.

Limiting the Number of Caregivers and Face Covering

The number of caregivers permitted to accompany a child to an appointment is dependent on the department you are visiting. Everyone visiting an Akron Children's facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.


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