Pediatric Neurology

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Pediatric Neurology Specialists collaborate with specialists across Children's Mercy to provide unmatched care for kids.

Pediatric Neurology


The Children’s Mercy neurology department ranks among America’s top pediatric neurology programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. We provide innovative solutions to care for your child, like our Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, one of only twelve pediatric epilepsy centers in the nation.

Our Tourette Syndrome Center of Excellence is the only U.S. center dedicated exclusively to kids with Tourette syndrome and related conditions.

The Children's Mercy Comprehensive Stroke Clinic is the only pediatric stroke center in the region and one of just ten in the nation. Rapid diagnosis, treatment and follow-up services help kids who experience a stroke to receive the best possible care.

Experienced pediatric neurologists

Our neurology team has more than 100 staff members, including pediatric doctors, nurses, imaging specialists and others who are experts in the developing brains and nervous systems of children.

All of our physicians are board-certified in neurology, meaning they have passed rigorous additional qualifications in this area of study. Many also have advanced expertise in a specific area of neurology, such as epilepsy or movement disorders.

Children's Mercy has three of the very few doctors in the nation to be triple board certified in pediatric neurology, epilepsy, and clinical neurophysiology.

Partnering with you

Our family-centered approach means that we’ve built a team of experts who will work together with you and your child’s primary care doctor to find solutions that work for your family.

Meet the team

Here are just a few of our great specialists:

  • Dr. Jennifer Bickel and Dr. Mark Connelly provide specialized migraine relief care for children and teens through our Headache Services, including an innovative Headache Treatment Center--the first pediatric-centered headache facility to offer a variety of same-day headache relief options in a quiet, low-light environment.
  • Dr. Keith Coffman is well-known for his expertise in neurodevelopmental disorders like Tourette syndrome. Recently, he collaborated with a research team to develop an algorithm to help doctors worldwide find the most effective medication for kids with Tourette syndrome.
  • Dr. Stephen Shapiro is widely recognized as one of the leading experts worldwide on kernicterus, a form of brain damage caused by excessive jaundice.

Meet the whole team of neurology specialists at Children’s Mercy.

Clinical services

Neurology services include:

Visit the clinic pages above to learn what to expect during your child's clinic appointment, what you need to bring, and other useful information.

Telemedicine

In some cases, you can visit with your doctor from a location outside of Kansas City through our telemedicine clinics. Find out more about how telemedicine works and talk to your neurology team about whether it is a good fit for your family.

Conditions we treat


We can help with all kinds of neurological conditions, including:

  • Developmental Delay
  • Epilepsy/seizure disorders
  • Kernicterus (brain damage caused by excessive jaundice)
  • Migraines/headaches
  • Movement disorders and spasticity (tremor, dystonia, chorea, ataxia, dyskinesia, and others)
  • Neurodegenerative disorders (Batten disease, Huntington’s disease, and others)
  • Neurodevelopmental disabilities (autism, ADHD, dyslexia, learning disorders, and others)
  • Tourette syndrome

Unfolding stories: from research to results


Current research projects

The Children’s Research Institute is working to translate medical research into better ways of treating sick kids. We currently have many studies in progress related to epilepsy, movement disorders, Tourette syndrome, stroke, headache, neurogenomics, development of new treatments in neurology, and developmental neurology.

 

Medical education programs

Our team of physician educators, led by J.B. Le Pichon, MD/PhD, provide leadership and guidance to the next generation of pediatric neurologists through our Child Neurology Residency program. Prospective residents can learn more about the program and how to apply.

 

We also offer an epilepsy fellowship in partnership with the University of Kansas Medical Center and a fellowship in headache medicine.

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