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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
Level 4
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Neurology, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital
6505 Market St., Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-729-1144
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Neurology, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Hospital 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 Health Center
6076 Whipple Ave. NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720
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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 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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Physicians/Providers:

Bruce H. Cohen, MD, FAAN

Director, NeuroDevelopmental Science Center; 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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Cynthia Bennett-Brown, MSN, 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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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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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

Pretti Polk, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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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

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