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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 Specialty Care
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; Co-director, Myelodysplasia Clinic

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Taryn Basel, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Alisha Bauer
Alisha Bauer, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Sandra Bennett
Sandra Bennett, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Cynthia Bennett-Brown
Cynthia Bennett-Brown, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Poonam Bhatia
Poonam Bhatia, MD

Director, Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic, Pediatric Neurologist

Yvonne Bolden
Yvonne Bolden, BSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Jacqueline Branch
Jacqueline Branch, MD, FAAP

Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician

Tsulee Chen
Tsulee Chen, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Kristin Cole
Kristin Cole, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Shawnelle Contini
Shawnelle Contini, MSHS, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Angela Davis
Angela Davis, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Amanda Delaratta
Amanda Delaratta, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Margaret Dell
Margaret Dell, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Vanessa Douglas
Vanessa Douglas, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Jessica Foster
Jessica Foster, MD, MPH, FAAP

Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician

Christina Fox-Akers
Christina Fox-Akers, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Nancy George Philip
Nancy George Philip, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Neurologist

Andrea Hoverstock
Andrea Hoverstock, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Melissa Huelsman
Melissa Huelsman, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Gwyneth Hughes
Gwyneth Hughes, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Mozhdeh Jucikas
Mozhdeh Jucikas, MSN, APRN-CNP

Coordinator, Epilepsy Surgery Program; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Susan Klein
Susan Klein, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

Michael Kohrman
Michael Kohrman, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurology; Pediatric Neurologist

Dianne Kulasa-Luke
Dianne Kulasa-Luke, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Diane Langkamp
Diane Langkamp, MD, MPH, FAAP

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

Tiffany Leonard
Tiffany Leonard, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Rebecca Lieb
Rebecca Lieb, PhD, ABBP

Director, Autism Diagnostic Clinic; Clinical Psychologist

Katrina Lindsay
Katrina Lindsay, PhD, NCSP

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

Kelsey Merison
Kelsey Merison, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

Erica Montague Krapf
Erica Montague Krapf, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Kathryn Mosher
Kathryn Mosher, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist; Director, Neuromuscular Clinic

Carolyn Muha
Carolyn Muha, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kristina Muhleman
Kristina Muhleman, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Christopher Najarian
Christopher Najarian, MD

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

Chinasa Nwankwo
Chinasa Nwankwo, MD

Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist

Jared Pennington
Jared Pennington, PhD, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Pretti Polk
Pretti Polk, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Dalin Pulsipher
Dalin Pulsipher, PhD, ABPP

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Melanie Rak
Melanie Rak, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist

Ian Rossman
Ian Rossman, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

Jacob Sisko
Jacob Sisko, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Daniel Smith
Daniel Smith, MD

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician

Lisa Stanford
Lisa D. Stanford, PhD, ABPP

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

Kristen Stefanski
Kristen Stefanski, MD

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician

Stephen Steiner
Stephen Steiner, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

Nicole Swain
Nicole Swain, PsyD, ABPP

Pediatric Psychologist

Kelsey Tasker
Kelsey Tasker, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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

Kelly Wiseman
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