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Overview

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 mental retardation.

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

Locations/Contact Us

Contact Neurology

330-543-8050

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Neurology
Akron Children's Hospital
NeuroDevelopmental Science Center
215 W. Bowery St.
Suite 4400
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Neurology, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
6505 Market St., Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-729-1144
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Neurology, North Canton
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
6100 Whipple Ave NW
Main Entrance, take elevator to Level 2
North Canton, Ohio 44720
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Neurology, Hudson
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
5655 Hudson Drive, Suite 100
Hudson, Ohio 44236
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Neurology, Medina
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
3443 Medina Road, Door 1 (Suite 108)
Medina, Ohio 44256
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Neurology, Norwalk
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
Fisher-Titus Medical Center
282 Benedict Ave.
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
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Neurology, Warren
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
The Market Place
5000 E. Market St.
Warren, Ohio 44484
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Our Doctors/Providers

Michael Kohrman
Michael Kohrman, MD

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

Alisha Bauer
Alisha Bauer, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Cynthia Bennett-Brown
Cynthia Bennett-Brown, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Poonam Bhatia
Poonam Bhatia, MD

Co-director, Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic, Pediatric Neurologist

Amanda Bucca
Amanda Bucca, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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

Director, NeuroDevelopmental Science Center; Pediatric Neurologist

Shawnelle Contini
Shawnelle Contini, MSHS, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Angela Davis
Angela Davis, MSHS, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Amanda Delaratta
Amanda Delaratta, ARNP-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Vanessa Douglas
Vanessa Douglas, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Christina Fox-Akers
Christina Fox-Akers, ARNP-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Nancy George Philip
Nancy George Philip, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Neurologist

Andrea Hoverstock
Andrea Hoverstock, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Mozhdeh Jucikas
Mozhdeh Jucikas, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Coordinator, Epilepsy Surgery Program; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Steven Kalavsky
Steven Kalavsky, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

Susan Klein
Susan Klein, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

Dianne Kulasa-Luke
Dianne Kulasa-Luke, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Terri McCaughtry
Terri McCaughtry, CNP

Nurse Practitioner

Kelsey Merison
Kelsey Merison, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

Kristina Muhleman
Kristina Muhleman, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Lynda Nossaman
Lynda Nossaman, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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, ARNP-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Ian Rossman
Ian Rossman, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

Stephen Steiner
Stephen Steiner, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

Vivek Veluchamy
Vivek Veluchamy, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

M. Cristina Victorio
M. Cristina Victorio, MD

Director, Headache Program; Pediatric Neurologist

Lucyna Zawadzki
Lucyna Zawadzki, MD

Director, Pediatric Epileptology; Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist

Open Clinical Studies

Safety and efficacy of pregabalin in children 4-16 years old with partial onset seizures

Epilepsy is often controlled by current medications. For some children, however, these medicines do not fully control their seizures. Or, these medicines may cause side effects. In this study we want to find out if a medicine (pregabalin) helps reduce partial onset seizures in children. If your child already takes antiepileptic drugs but still has seizures, we will give pregabalin as an add-on medication. Some children may receive a pill without an active drug (a placebo). We can then determine if adding pregabalin reduced seizures.

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Safety and efficacy of pregabalin in children 1 mo-<4 years with partial onset seizures

Epilepsy is often controlled by current medications. For some children, however, these medicines do not fully control their seizures. Or, these medicines may cause side effects. In this study we want to find out if a medicine (pregabalin) helps reduce partial onset seizures in children. If your child already takes antiepileptic drugs but still has seizures, we will give pregabalin as an add-on medication. Some children may receive a pill without an active drug (a placebo). We can then determine if adding pregabalin reduced seizures.

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Currently recruiting

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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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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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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Lacosamide as Therapy in Patients with Epilepsy

For complete study information, please visit clinicaltrials.gov.

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Safety and Efficacy of Perampanel in Children 1 month to 2 years

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Study of Cognitive effects of antiepileptic drugs in children with new-onset seizures

Epilepsy is the most common neurologic disorder in children affecting 4-6 per 1000 children Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are the primary, and frequently exclusive, treatment option for epilepsy. While necessary and effective for seizure control, AEDs can also cause neurotoxicity, adversely affecting functioning of the central nervous system. This study aims to evaluate patients before starting AED’s  to evaluate any possible side effects or difference in the child’s ability to perform certain tasks (cognitive functioning)  The purpose of the proposed study is to examine the cognitive and behavioral effects of commonly prescribed AEDs on children with new onset seizures. This will be accomplished by recruiting children who are seen in the new onset seizure clinic in the Neurology service of the Neuro Developmental Science Center (NDSC) at Akron Children’s Hospital.

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