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Pediatric Neurology at Cook Children'sPediatric neurology deals with diseases and disorders that can affect a child's nervous system. This includes the brain, the spinal cord, and all associated blood vessels, muscles and nerves.

Conditions treated

The pediatric neurologist examines the nerves of the head and neck to evaluate muscle strength, movement, balance and reflexes. The neurologist also evaluates sensation, memory, speech, language and other cognitive abilities in order to diagnose, treat and manage the following conditions:

Advanced technologies mean innovative care

Cook Children's offers some of the most advanced, kid-friendly care in the nation. With leading-edge imaging and diagnostic capabilities, our specialists are able to better treat patients and help them get back to doing what they do best: being kids.


The Neurodiagnostic Center at Cook Children's offers the most innovative and advanced technologies to diagnose, evaluate, and treat the conditions that affect a child's brain and development. At Cook Children's, you'll have access to leading-edge resources, brilliant doctors, and a team of highly skilled medical professionals who specialize in pediatric neurology. All with one purpose in mind: to help your child have the best quality of care possible. Learn more.


Our specialty care team

The experts in the Cook Children's neurosciences program include neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses and nurse practitioners, psychologists,electroencephalography (EEG) technologists, medical assistants and administrative staff. Because we have these experts on hand, we are able to provide some of the most comprehensive patient-centered care for the children in our community and surrounding regions.

Of course, because parents and caregivers are the most important members of each child's care team, we also look to you as experts on your child.

This team approach allows us to meet many of your child's specialized health care needs and deliver uncommon care to every child, every day.


Angel Hernandez, M.D. Hernandez, Angel M.D.
Medical Director, Neurology
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Saleem Malik, M.D. Malik, Saleem M.D.
Medical Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
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M. Scott Perry, M.D. Perry, M. Scott M.D.
Medical Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Clinic
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Cynthia G. Keator, M.D. Cynthia G. Keator, M.D.
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Howard Kelfer, M.D. Kelfer, Howard M.D.
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Adrian Lacy, M.D. Lacy, Adrian M.D.
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Jeffrey C. Murray, M.D. Murray, Jeffrey C. M.D.
Medical Director, Neuro-Oncology
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Jeffery C. McGlothlin, M.D. McGlothlin, Jeffery C. M.D.
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Movement disorders

Warren Marks, M.D. Marks, Warren M.D.
Medical Director, Movement Disorder and Neurorehabilitation Program
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Acosta, Fernando M.D. Acosta, Fernando M.D.
Associate Medical Director, Movement Disorder and Neurorehabilitation Program
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Brian Ryals, M.D. Ryals, Brian M.D.
Medical Director, Comprehensive Headache Program
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Neurology nurse practitioners

Baldwin, Marcie RN, CPNP
Benefield, Lindsey RN, CPNP-AC
Brownlee, Joanna RN, CPNP
Gieb, Erin RN, CPNP
Pimentel, Jerico RN, CPNP
Smith, Esther RN, MSN, CPNP-PC, CPNP-AC
Zajac, Joy RN, MSN, CPNP-PC

Care and treatment information

Pediatric neurologists treat children from birth into young adulthood. They choose to focus their medical practice on caring for children, and their advanced training and experience give them the exceptional ability to meet the needs of children with neurological problems.

At Cook Children's, our neurologists work with many specialists, including epileptologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurse educators, social workers, and Child Life specialists, to provide some of the most comprehensive care possible for your child.

Requesting an appointment

To request an appointment, you may either call our office at 682-885-2500 or fill out our appointment request form. A member of our staff will contact you within one business day to schedule your appointment and get more information.

What is pediatric neurology?

Pediatric neurology is a medical specialty that deals with diseases and disorders that can affect a child's nervous system, specifically the brain, the spinal cord, and all associated blood vessels, muscles, and nerves.

What is a pediatric neurologist?

If your child has a problem involving the nervous system, a pediatric neurologist has the special training and experience necessary to diagnose and treat your child. Pediatric neurologists are medical doctors who have completed four years of medical school, at least one to two years of pediatric residency, and three or more years of residency training in adult and child neurology. In addition, most pediatric neurologists have certification from the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (with special competency in child neurology).

Many neurologists also have additional subspecialty training (fellowships) after completing their residency. Some of these specialty areas include epilepsy (epileptologist), sleep medicine, pain management, neurophysiology, headaches, and movement disorders. It is the pediatric neurologist who performs neurological examinations of the nerves of the head and neck; muscle strength and movement; balance, ambulation, and reflexes; and sensation, memory, speech, language, and other cognitive abilities in order to diagnose, treat, and manage the following conditions:

They also perform diagnostic tests such as:

Patient events:

Epilepsy Day Camp
Epilepsy day camp is an annual event for our epilepsy program families. It is sponsored by the Cook Children's Neurosciences staff. There is no charge for the camp. Families enjoy indoor and outdoor activities, educational displays, door prizes, interaction with nurses and physicians, and a catered meal. The event takes place each October.

Continuing professional education opportunities

Pediatric epilepsy and movement disorder symposium
The symposium is an annual event, held in August, which is designed to enhance the learning experience of neurologists, epileptologists, pediatricians, physiatrists, registered nurses, therapists and EEG technicians. Continuing advances in the field of epilepsy and movement disorders create a need for health professionals to participate in specialized continuing education opportunities to advance their knowledge, skills and clinical practice. We hope you will join us as we learn from recognized experts in the field of pediatric neurology.

1. Identify current issues related to pediatric epilepsy and movement disorders.
2. Describe treatment options and strategies for pediatric epilepsy and movement disorders.

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