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NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Includes specialty programs: Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics / Neurobehavioral Health / Neurology / Neurosurgery / Physiatry

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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, 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 physiatry (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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NeuroDevelopmental Science Center
Akron Children's Hospital
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St.
Suite 4400
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Our Doctors/Providers

Bruce H. Cohen
Bruce H. Cohen, MD, FAAN

Director, NeuroDevelopmental Science Center; Pediatric Neurologist

Micah Baird
Micah Baird, MD

Director, Division of Pediatric Physiatry; Medical Director, Rehabilitation; Pediatric Physiatrist

Alisha Bauer
Alisha Bauer, MSN, RN, CPN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Cynthia Bennett-Brown
Cynthia Bennett-Brown, MSN, RN, CRNP, ATC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Poonam Bhatia
Poonam Bhatia, MD

Medical Director, Tuberous Sclerosis Program; Pediatric Neurologist

Yvonne Bolden
Yvonne Bolden, MSN, RN, CPN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Amanda Bucca
Amanda Bucca, MSN, RN, CPNP-BC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Tsulee Chen
Tsulee Chen, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Shawnelle Contini
Shawnelle Contini, PA-C

Lead Advanced Practice Provider

Angela Davis
Angela Davis, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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Amanda Delaratta, CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Margaret Dell
Margaret Dell, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Vanessa Douglas
Vanessa Douglas, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Kristina Fey, MSN, RN, CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Jessica Foster
Jessica Foster, MD, MPH, FAAP

Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician

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Christina Fox-Akers, CNPN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Nancy George Philip
Nancy George Philip, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Neurologist

Andrea Hoverstock
Andrea Hoverstock, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Gwyneth Hughes
Gwyneth Hughes, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Mozhdeh Jucikas
Mozhdeh Jucikas, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Coordinator, Epilepsy Surgery Program; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Susan Klein
Susan Klein, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

Michael Kohrman
Michael Kohrman, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurology; Co-director, Tuberous Sclerosis Program; Pediatric Neurologist

Dianne Kulasa-Luke
Dianne Kulasa-Luke, MSN, RN, PPCNP-BC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Diane Langkamp
Diane Langkamp, MD, FAAP

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

Tiffany Leonard
Tiffany Leonard, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Rebecca Lieb
Rebecca Lieb, PhD, ABBP

Director, Autism Diagnostic Clinic and Co-Director School Success Clinic; Clinical Psychologist

Katrina Lindsay
Katrina Lindsay, PhD, NCSP

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

Erica Montague Krapf
Erica Montague Krapf, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Kathryn Mosher
Kathryn Mosher, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist; Director, Neuromuscular Clinic

Carolyn Muha
Carolyn Muha, MSN, RN, PPCNP-BC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kristina Muhleman
Kristina Muhleman, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Christopher Najarian
Christopher Najarian, MD

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

Lynda Nossaman
Lynda Nossaman, MSN, RN, PPCNP-BC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Chinasa Nwankwo
Chinasa Nwankwo, MD

Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist

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Jared Pennington, MHS, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Pretti Polk
Pretti Polk, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Dalin Pulsipher
Dalin Pulsipher, PhD, ABPP

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Ian Rossman
Ian Rossman, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

Jacob Sisko
Jacob Sisko, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Lisa Stanford
Lisa Stanford, PhD, ABPP

Director, Division of Neurobehavioral Health; Neuropsychology Clinical Training Program; Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Nicole Swain
Nicole Swain, PsyD, ABPP

Pediatric Psychologist

Vivek Veluchamy
Vivek Veluchamy, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

M. Cristina Victorio
M. Cristina Victorio, MD

Director, Headache Program; Pediatric Neurologist

Chelsea Weyand
Chelsea Weyand, PsyD, ABPP

Director, Pediatric Psychology Fellowship Program; Pediatric Psychologist

Shana Wilson Schuler
Shana Wilson Schuler, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist

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Kelly Wiseman, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Kristine Woods
Kristine Woods, PsyD, BCB

Pediatric Psychologist

Lucyna Zawadzki
Lucyna Zawadzki, MD

Director, Pediatric Epileptology; Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist

Open Clinical Studies

How children and adults with mitochondrial myopathy respond to exercise

We’re trying to learn how people with mitochondrial myopathy respond to exercise. Mitochondria are the body’s "power plants." They turn food into energy. If the "power plants” don’t make enough energy, muscles may grow weak.

We’re studying differences between mitochondrial myopathy patients and healthy children when exercising. An exercise test tells us about breathing, blood circulation and muscle function during exercise.

Such studies may lead to exercise testing as a way to diagnose and monitor mitochondrial myopathy patients.

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Currently recruiting

Indirect Intracranial Pressure Measurement in Patients With Suspected or Documented Concussion

In this trial we are testing a medical monitoring device called the Headsense-1000 that may help diagnose and manage symptoms of a possible concussion in young athletes. A concussion or brain injury can increase the pressure in the skull and sometimes this pressure can cause serious medical problems.

During this trial we will use the HeadSense monitoring device, which uses an audio signal, to record pressure of fluid inside the skulls of patients with injuries or concussions as well as patients with no injuries or concussions. Comparing the results will allow to determine if the HeadSense device has value in diagnosing and treating young athletes with head injuries.

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Currently recruiting


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