Seattle Children’s offers a wide range of treatments and services for all types of conditions that affect the brain and spinal cord. We have more pediatric neurosurgeons on staff than any other hospital in the Pacific Northwest – with coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our neurologists and neurosurgeons work closely with specialists in other fields, like plastic surgery, neuropsychology and rehabilitation medicine

Babies, children, teens and young adults come to Seattle Children’s from across the nation and around the world. Our neurology and neurosurgery programs consistently rank among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. We are ranked #1 in the Northwest in 2017. 

See specific conditions to learn more about how we will care for your child.

  • Our neurosurgeons work closely with other professionals at Seattle Children’s to create an individual care plan for your child. Because we care for so many children with brain or spinal cord tumors each year, we have the experience to treat even the most unusual conditions. In addition to traditional open surgery, we offer minimally invasive laser ablation surgery for some types of brain tumors. Learn more.

  • Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step to successful treatment of Chiari malformation. Patients from across the United States come to us for our expertise and experience in diagnosing and treating this condition. Each year our neurosurgeons perform dozens of surgeries. We also evaluate and care for children who do not need surgery. Learn more.

  • Seattle Children’s has the largest craniosynostosis program in the United States. Our neurosurgeons work as a team with craniofacial surgeons and other experts to treat children when a seam connecting their skull bones closes too soon. We are one of a few centers in the country to offer endoscopic repair of some types of craniosynostosis, a minimally invasive procedure. Learn more.

  • Our specialists are dedicated to helping your child be seizure free. We have the only epilepsy program for children in the Northwest that is accredited level 4 by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). A level 4 center uses the most advanced technology to diagnose epilepsy and evaluate patients before surgery. We offer the most advanced medical and surgical treatments for epilepsy, including laser ablation surgery, a minimally invasive procedure. Learn more.

  • Interventional radiologists use imaging such as an CT (computed tomography) scan to find and correct problems without surgery. We have special training to work with kids, and we use equipment and techniques designed for children and teens. Our neurosciences and interventional radiology teams partner to select the best treatment for your child’s condition. Learn more.

  • This precise, minimally invasive option uses light to heat and destroy unwanted cells. Seattle Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in the Pacific Northwest – and one of only a handful of centers in the country – to offer laser ablation surgery for epilepsy and brain tumors. Laser ablation may be a good choice, and even a cure, for children who have few or no other treatment options. Learn more.

  • Our team cares for children with disorders that affect mitochondria – parts of cells that help make energy. In mitochondrial diseases, these energy-making areas do not work properly. Our team includes experts in many areas of medicine, and we do research to improve care and cure rates for these conditions. Learn more.

  • Our Neurodevelopmental team focuses on caring for children with special needs. Our team of doctors, nurses, social workers, dietitians and physical and occupational therapists tailors our services to your child and family. We work with your family and other members of your child’s team, including their primary care doctor, teachers and community services. Learn more.

  • Neuropsychologists are experts in brain development and how it affects a child’s learning and behavior. To help make the right diagnosis, we do many tests to check your child’s memory, attention, thinking, language skills, coordination, senses and personality. Our evaluations can help you and your child’s healthcare team pick strategies to help your child reach their potential. Learn more.

  • Seattle Children’s excels at treating brain and spinal cord conditions that are present at birth, such as spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Our Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Program works with families to diagnose disorders during pregnancy and prepare for the care their babies will need after birth. We help coordinate care for you during your pregnancy and for your child after birth. Learn more.

  • Our program brings together some of the nation’s top experts on concussions and brain injuries to keep young athletes safe and healthy. Because of this expertise, we can evaluate, diagnose and manage any level of injury to your child’s brain. Dr. Samuel Browd directs the program, which includes experts from Harborview Medical Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s. Learn more.

  • Seattle Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in the Pacific Northwest to provide selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) to help kids gain mobility. Our neurosurgeons, rehabilitation medicine specialists and physical therapists work together to reduce spasticity, or high muscle tone, in your child’s legs. Our neurosurgeons are experts in implanting pumps to deliver medication (baclofen) around the spinal cord to reduce severe spasticity resulting from cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or brain and spinal cord injury. Learn more.

  • Seattle Children’s has the Pacific Northwest’s only Pediatric Vascular Neurology Program. Problems with the way blood vessels developed may cause bleeding in the brain or limit the supply of oxygen-rich blood. We treat children for stroke and vascular diseases of the brain and spinal cord, such as moyamoya and cavernous malformations. Learn more.

Contact Us

For more information, contact the Neurosciences Center at 206-987-2016.

If you would like an appointment, ask your child’s primary care provider for a referral to the Neurosciences Center. 

Providers, see how to refer a patient.