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Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cook Children'sNeurosurgery

When a child with a neurological disorder requires surgery, the experts at Cook Children's Medical Center offer comprehensive care and state-of-the-art technology.

With the help of such state-of-the-art equipment as the revolutionary Intraoperative MRI (iMRI), our neurosurgeons are able to determine effectiveness of surgical procedures for cranial and spinal nerve disorders and tailor the treatment to each child's unique needs.

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Conditions treated

Our expanded program includes care across many areas of expertise for pediatric deep brain stimulation, neuro-oncology, stroke and brachial plexus and epilepsy surgery.

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.


Laser ablation brain surgery

On May 29, 2013, Cook Children's became the first pediatric hospital in North Texas to perform laser ablation brain surgery. Just 24 hours after the surgery, the patient was seizure-free and discharged from the hospital.


Our specialty care team

The Neuroscience programs at Cook Children's enlist the talents of many experts, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses and nurse practitioners, psychologists, electroencephalography (EEG) technologists, medical assistants and administrative staff. As a result, we 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.



David J. Donahue, M.D. Donahue, David J. M.D.
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Richard Roberts, M.D. Roberts, Richard M.D.
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John Honeycutt, M.D. Honeycutt, John M.D.
Medical Director, Neurosurgery
Medical Director, Neuro-Trauma
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Neurosurgery physician assistants and nurse practitioners

Pediatric Neuropsychology at Cook Children's 

Lucy Rochetti, PAMandy Burkhalter, RN, CPNPCourtney Porter, PNPGrace Crotzer, PA
Rochetti, Lucy PA-C
Burkhalter, Mandy RN, MSN, CPNP-PC, CPNP-AC
Porter, Courtney RN, CPNP-AC
Crotzer, Grace PA

A day in the life of a neurosurgeon

It's the people in a hospital that make the difference. Watch as John Honeycutt, M.D., neurosurgeon, takes care of patients and their families in a way they come to trust.


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.

Prepare for an appointment

It is important that we have your child's medical records when you come for an appointment. You may fax them to us in advance (682-885-2510), or bring them with you to the appointment.

Our team also requests that you bring:

You should receive an automated confirmation/reminder call 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. The message may include details related to your office visit such as the patient's name, the date and time of the appointment, and the location. A map and directions are available by clicking the link on this page.

Prepare for a procedure

Surgery information
Our Neurosurgery program provides services that include the evaluation and surgery of brain, nerve and spinal cord diseases and disorders in infants, children and teenagers. Neurosurgical intervention may be needed in cases of:

Surgery tours
Pediatric Neurosurgery Tours at Cook Children'sHaving surgery can be stressful and scary for a child.

To help ease these fears, pre-surgery tours are led weekly by a Child Life specialist. The tour allows patients who are at least 4 years old, and their families, to see the operating and recovery rooms before the day of the surgery. During the tour, the Child Life specialist will help you understand what will happen on the day of surgery.

If your child is younger than 4 years old, a private tour can be arranged.

Benefits of a pre-surgery tour:

Tour schedule
Pre-surgery tours are held once a week and last 45 minutes to one hour. To schedule a tour, please call Outpatient Surgery at 682-885-4022. If you are unable to come to one of the scheduled tours, a private tour can be set up with a Child Life specialist at a more convenient time.

Pediatric deep brain stimulation

Cook Children's is the first independent pediatric hospital in the United States, and the only children's hospital in Texas, to offer a comprehensive movement disorder program that includes deep brain stimulation (DBS).

What is deep brain stimulation?

Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, is a surgery that places electrodes into the brain. The electrodes are connected to an implanted medical device, sometimes referred to as a brain pacemaker, that delivers continuous low-voltage electrical impulses to the targeted part of the brain. These pulses block the abnormal firing of neurons in the targeted area providing relief for patients whose symptoms are not properly controlled by medication.

DBS is used to restore normal function in patients with physiological and movement disorders such as essential tremor and dystonia. The goal of DBS is to reduce muscle tone, improve function and prevent the progression of movement disorders to other areas of the body.

Successful DBS surgery can make considerable improvements to a patient's quality of life, with changes occurring three to six months after activation of the system.

Since the first implant in 2007, Cook Children's has established itself as one of the elite DBS programs in the nation, with 13 surgical cases over a 10-month period. Our program offers a dedicated team including:

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