Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Advancing Pediatrics:
A Global Approach to Neurosurgery

India. Israel. Germany. Saudi Arabia. These are just a few places neurosurgeons from Children’s National Health System travel to collaborate with international colleagues on cutting-edge medical research.

This world-renowned research has profound effects for pediatric patients in the greater Washington, DC area and across the nation and globe. Children’s National neurosurgeons are pushing the envelope of advanced care in:
  • Intraoperative MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) for tumors and other intracranial lesions
  • Minimally invasive and stereotactical approaches to brain surgery
  • Surgical treatments for intractable epilepsy

“We are a department of five neurosurgeons dedicated to pediatric patients,” says John Myseros, MD, neurosurgeon with Children’s National. “We offer comprehensive pediatric neurosurgical solutions for conditions including hydrocephalus, spina bifida, brain tumors, movement disorders, vascular malformations, Chiari malformations, and epilepsy.”

Neurosurgeons at Children’s National also are promoting new, minimally invasive ways of treating familiar concerns—with smaller incisions, less radiation, shorter hospital stays, and equal or improved results.

Excellence attracts excellence

Last year, neurosurgeon Chima Oluigbo, MD, joined the Division of Neurosurgery, bringing expertise in epilepsy and functional neurosurgery.

“Dr. Oluigbo is one of the few physicians cross-trained in pediatrics and functional neurosurgery,” says Robert Keating, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery at Children’s National. “He brings the ability to use deep brain stimulation— typically used to treat adult conditions such as Parkinson’s— as an approach to pediatric movement disorders.”

Dr. Oluigbo also treats pediatric pain with deep brain stimulation and surgical approaches, which hold the promise to ameliorate intractable pain and pain disorders.

Multidisciplinary work groups create patient-centered care

Neurosurgeons at Children’s National collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines to promote cross-specialty understanding and seek the best treatment for each patient.

“We work with various departments depending on the condition we’re treating,” Dr. Keating says. “For instance, craniofacial surgery involves surgery, plastic surgery, genetics, and otolaryngology specialists. By taking a concentric approach to the patient, we can learn from each other, as well as provide immediate feedback to families.”

From a personal focus on each patient to a global scope in research and innovation, Children’s National bridges the gap between caring for each child and caring for the world’s children.

Read more about our Neurosurgery Department in the winter 2014 issue of Advancing Pediatrics. Download the app on iTunes to receive the latest issue to your iPad.

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