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Overview

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.

Locations/Contact Us

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 St.
Suite 4400
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; Pediatric Neurologist

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Physicians/Providers:

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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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; 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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Gwyneth Hughes, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

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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; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician

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Rebecca Lieb, PhD, ABBP

Director, Autism Diagnostic Clinic; Clinical Psychologist

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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

Kathryn Mosher, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist; Director, Neuromuscular Clinic

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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Dalin Pulsipher, PhD, ABPP

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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Melanie Rak, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist

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Ian Rossman, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

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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

Pediatric Neurologist

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M. Cristina Victorio, MD

Director, Headache Program; Pediatric Neurologist

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Chelsea Weyand, PsyD, ABPP

Director, Pediatric Psychology Fellowship Program; Pediatric Psychologist

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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

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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Sandra Bennett, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Cynthia Bennett-Brown, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Yvonne Bolden, BSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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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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Vanessa Douglas, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Christina Fox-Akers, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Andrea Hoverstock, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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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

Pretti Polk, MSN, 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:

Francesca Carra, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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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