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We rank among one of the best children's hospitals in the country in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, according to U.S. News & World Report. We're committed to providing your child with the latest and most in-depth care possible for whatever neurological disease or disorder he faces. We take a compassionate, family-centered approach to care to ensure your child's unique neurologic and developmental needs are met.

Only one focus: kids.

We provide surgical treatment for diseases affecting the brain, spinal cord and nerves in infants, children, teens and young adults. This includes a variety of procedures addressing such conditions as intractable epilepsy, brain and spine tumors, trauma involving the central nervous system, congenital brain and spine malformations, and cerebrovascular anomalies.

We actively support our mission to provide the safest and highest quality care by implementing the use of advanced technology. One example is ROSA, a robotic neurosurgical assistant that allows us to perform procedures more quickly, and with greater accuracy. ROSA aids in minimally invasive implantation of electrodes into the brain to provide in-depth monitoring of electrical activity in children with seizures.

Our patients benefit by undergoing safer, less invasive procedures, and less time under general anesthesia. Cutting-edge technology coupled with our specialized skill and training ensure children receive exceptional neurosurgical care.

Care beyond the OR.

Our commitment to your child's care doesn’t stop in the operating room. Neurosurgical problems in children are often quite different from those commonly seen in adults and frequently require long term care. 

In addition to requiring surgery, children diagnosed with brain or spinal cord injuries and diseases may also experience widespread developmental effects. That's why we work closely with pediatric neurologists, pediatric epileptologists, neuropsychologists, physiatrists and developmental and behavioral pediatricians to ensure the best possible outcome for your child.

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Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Neurosurgery
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 4
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Tsulee Chen
Tsulee Chen, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Pediatric Neurosurgeon

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Gwyneth Hughes, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon


Joel Katz, DO

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Alisha Bauer, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center


Shawnelle Contini, MSHS, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center


Angela Davis, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center


Amanda Delaratta, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center


Christina Fox-Akers, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Kristina Muhleman, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Jared Pennington, PhD, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Jacob Sisko, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Kelsey Tasker, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Kelly Wiseman, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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.

Masking and Other Safety Protocols

Akron Children’s has a number of safety protocols in place for our patients and visitors in order to provide a safe hospital environment.

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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.

Some of the Conditions We Treat...

arteriovenous malformations, craniofacial reconstruction, dysraphism, epilepsy, head and spine trauma, hydrocephalus, spasticity, spina bifida, spinal abnormalities, spinal cord malformations, brain tumor, aneurysms, anomalies of cortical development, arachnoid cyst, arachnoid granulation, arteriovenous malformations, astrocytoma, brachial plexus injury, brachycephaly, brain abscess, brain and spinal cord tumors, cerebral palsy, chiari malformation, craniofacial anomalies, Craniopharyngiomas, Craniosynostosis, Crouzon Syndrome, Crouzonodermoskeletal Syndrome, Dandy-Walker Syndrome, Encephalocele, Ependymoma, Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus, Hypoxic-Encephalopathy, Medulloblastoma, Muenke Syndrome, Muscle Spasticity, Myelodsyplasia, Myelomeningocele, Neural Tube Defects, Neuroblastoma, Neurofibromatosis, Oligodendrogliomas, Pineoblastomas, Seizures, Spina Bifida