General Pediatric Neurology

The Pediatric Neurology Division at The Alan and Barbara Mirken Department of Neurology is one of the largest and most respected neurology centers in the country. It is known for its patient-centered, compassionate and proactive approach, as well as its clinical excellence. Pediatric patients and their families have unique needs, which our team of specialists address through coordinated, comprehensive care that encompasses all facets of a child’s neurological diagnosis. Some of the pediatric neurology conditions treated include:

  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Movement disorders
  • Neuromuscular disorders, including muscular dystrophy
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Cerebrovascular stroke
  • Arteriovenous malformation and aneurysms
  • Brachial plexus palsy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Neurobehavioral conditions
  • Autism
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)

Like our other divisions, the pediatric neurology program is multidisciplinary by nature and includes sub-specialists in pediatric epilepsy, movement disorders, stroke, headache, autism, and neuropsychology. These specialists consult with one another to develop treatment plans specifically tailored to each patient. The Mirken team also collaborates with colleagues throughout the Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai Health System, including the pediatric subspecialties of neurosurgery, endovascular surgery, and rehabilitation medicine. Additionally, the department is actively involved in many multi-center and national research trials. By specializing in both clinical care and research, our physicians are at the forefront of innovation and provide exceptional, individualized care to their patients.

Diagnosing Pediatric Neurological Disorders
Pediatric neurological disorders are diagnosed through a comprehensive clinical evaluation of the patient’s history and symptoms. Sometimes specific tests are needed, for instance, electroencephalography (EEG) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The program has full access to state-of-the-art diagnostic modalities that are child friendly and the expertise to use them in seeking accurate diagnoses.

Treating Pediatric Neurological Disorders
All methods of treating pediatric neurological conditions are available and include:

  • Medication
  • When appropriate, inclusion in clinical trials for new medications and protocols
  • Educating a patient’s family on self-management. For instance, migraines can often be controlled with a family’s understanding of certain triggers like diet or sleep patterns
  • Pain management
  • Physical therapy to improve and retain function
  • Speech language therapy
  • Occupational therapy to give patients adaptive living skills
  • Practical and emotional support for the patient, caregivers and family with input from the department’s social workers, including various support groups specifically geared toward the pediatric patient
  • Collaborative psychological and psychiatric counseling and evaluation when necessary to help patients with co-existing conditions (depression, anxiety, memory loss) that can accompany some pediatric neurological conditions
  • Referrals to other medical disciplines as needed (surgeons, for example)
  • Ongoing care and follow-up

The program sponsors outpatient pediatric neurology centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey and Westchester. Inpatient care is provided at our specialty centers at Beth Israel, St. Luke's, and Roosevelt hospitals.

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Contact Us
Mirken Department of
Neurology
Phillips Ambulatory
Care Center
10 Union Square East, Suite 5D
New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212) 844-8888
Fax: (212) 844-8481