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Neonatal Neurology and Neonatal Neurocritical Care Program


U.S.News & World Report ranks Children's Division of Neonatology among the top ten programs of its kind. The division earned this distinction because of our expertise in the field and because of our family-centered approach to care.

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The Neonatal Neurology and Neurocritical Care Program at Children’s National Medical Center is the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic region and a leader in advancing neurologic care to some of our most critically ill newborns.  The programs consist of a multi-disciplinary team of 4 neonatal neurologists/ neurointensivists, 9 neonatologists, 8 pediatric epileptologists, 4 pediatric neuroradiologists and 4 pediatric neurosurgeons & physiatrist.

Specialized Care for Our Youngest Patients
Evaluation and management of neonatal issues include:
• Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
• Neonatal encephalopathy
• Seizures
• Brain injury
• Cerebral dysgenesis and malformations
• Hypotonia arthrogryposis
• Neuromuscular disorders
• Perinatal stroke and neurogenetic disorders

The Neonatal Neurocritical Care Program involves neurointensive monitoring and neuroprotective strategies specific for newborns in the setting of a 54 bed Level IIIC NICU.  Neurodiagnostic studies include remote continuous video EEG monitoring, portable CT scanner and neonatal MRI imaging protocols. Neurotherapeutic protocols include therapeutic hypothermia (whole body cooling) for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, status epilepticus, neonatal seizures & epilepsy, and perinatal strokes.  Clinical trials are on-going.  Please contact Drs. Taeun Chang or An Massaro for information on active trials.

The Neonatal Neurology Program provides both Neonatal Neurology and Perinatal Brain Injury clinics for evaluation and ongoing care of newborns and infants with neurologic issues acquired in the neonatal period at both the Sheikh Zayed Institute and Northern Virginia Regional Outpatient Center.  The Perinatal Brain Injury Clinic is a joint multidisciplinary clinic with neonatal neurology, pediatric physical medicine & rehabilitation and physical therapy for our neurologic patients with cerebral palsy.

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