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Pediatric Neurology

We are ranked among one of the best children's hospitals in the country for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, according to U.S. News & World Report. We combine our expertise of diagnosing and treating disorders of the nervous system with an understanding of childhood medical disorders and the special needs of children and their families.

Specialized care for kids.

If your child has problems involving the nervous system, we have the special training and experience to treat him. In many cases, we work as a team with pediatricians and other primary care doctors. We also work closely with other pediatric specialists as needed, such as behavioral and neuropsychologists, developmental and behavioral pediatricians and pediatric neurosurgeons, to care for children who have more complex or serious medical issues. These include epilepsy, birth defects and intellectual disability.

We use a variety of tests and procedures to obtain an accurate diagnosis, such as cerebral angiography, EEG, EMG, nerve conduction velocity testing and transcranial Doppler. We may also use neuropsychological testing to assess cognitive development and function.

We stay up on the latest advances in the treatment of neurologic conditions, such as a ketogenic diet for reducing the number of seizures associated with epilepsy or cognitive behavioral therapy and biofeedback training for managing chronic headaches, to ensure your child gets the most effective and up-to-date therapies to meet her individual needs.

Conditions we treat.

Among the range of conditions we diagnose and treat are:

  • Seizure disorders, including seizures in newborns, febrile convulsions and epilepsy
  • Medical aspects of head injuries and brain tumors
  • Weakness, including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular disorders
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Behavioral disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), school failure, autism and sleep problems
  • Developmental disorders, including delayed speech or motor milestones, and coordination issues
  • Intellectual disability (formerly called mental retardation)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Metabolic and mitochondrial diseases
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Locations

Contact Neurology

330-543-8050

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Neurology
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Neurology, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Suite 4400
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Neurology, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Neurology, Boardman
6505 Market Street
Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-729-1144
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Neurology, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Neurology, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Health Center
328 East Hines Hill Road
Boston Heights, Ohio 44236
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Neurology, North Canton
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Neurology, North Canton
Akron Children's Health Center
6076 Whipple Avenue Northwest
North Canton, Ohio 44720
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Neurology, Medina
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Neurology, Medina
Akron Children's Health Center
3443 Medina Road
Door 1 (Suite 108)
Medina, Ohio 44256
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Neurology, Norwalk
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Neurology, Norwalk
Fisher-Titus Medical Center
282 Benedict Avenue
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
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Neurology, Warren
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Neurology, Warren
The Market Place
5000 East Market Street
Warren, Ohio 44484
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Michael Kohrman
Michael Kohrman, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurology; Pediatric Neurologist

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Pretti Polk
Pretti Polk, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Physicians/Providers:

Bruce H. Cohen, MD, FAAN

Director, NeuroDevelopmental Science Center; Interim Vice President and Medical Director, Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute; Pediatric Neurologist

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Michael DiSano, MD

Pediatric Epileptologist

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Nancy George Philip, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Neurologist

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Matthew Ginsberg, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

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Steven Kalavsky, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

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Susan Klein, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

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Thiruvengada Kulasekaran, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

Kelsey Merison, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

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Chinasa Nwankwo, MD

Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist

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Ian Rossman, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

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Stephen Steiner, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

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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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Lucyna Zawadzki, MD

Director, Pediatric Epileptology; Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist

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Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Alisha Bauer, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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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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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

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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Haley MacEwen, APRN-CNP

Nurse Practitioner

Paul Moore, APRN-CNP

Nurse Practitioner

Kristina Muhleman, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Jared Pennington, PhD, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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

Alpers Huttenlocher Natural History Study (Alpers)

We are conducting this study to understand the history of AHS, a rare genetic disorder that is characterized by seizures, liver dysfunction and progressive developmental regression that leads to early death. Through this study we will determine if there are connections between a patient’s medical history and onset of AHS as well as the relationship between signs and symptoms of presentation of AHS and severity and survival of AHS.

Children born with this disorder will appear heathy at birth and usually develop normally until the onset of their illness. Most patients with AHS will show symptoms of this illness between 2-4 years of age and a smaller group of patients show symptoms for between 17-24 years of age.

For more information on the Alpers-HuttenLocher Syndrome, visit:

https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/alpers-huttenlocher-syndrome#diagnosis

For complete study information, visit:  https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03034512?term=alpers-huttenlocher&rank=1

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Currently recruiting


Currently recruiting

https://www.akronchildrens.org/files/COVID-Inforgraphic.html

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.