Our dedicated neurosurgery team at Seattle Children's Hospital, led by Dr. Jeffrey G. Ojemann, includes neurosurgeons, residents, nurse practitioners and certified medical assistants.
We take a team approach to your child's care. We stay in close communication with you – and with one another – from your child's first visit to the clinic through surgery and follow-up.
The full team meets every week to discuss our patients' needs and coordinate their care. The brain tumor team and our multidisciplinary teams also meet weekly to discuss the unique needs of our patients and families.
Nurse practitioners (ARNPs) are registered nurses (RNs) who also have master's-level training. They have many years of experience and are an important partner in care for you and your family.
The nurse practitioners assess and evaluate patients, oversee their care, teach families about their child's surgery and provide long-term follow-up. They are also available throughout your child's care to answer questions and share advice.
- Mandy Breedt, MN, ARNP
- Nadine M. Nielsen, MN, ARNP
- Christi Pearson, MSN, ARNP
- Lindsey Price, MSN, ARNP
- Claire Reilly-Shapiro, MSN, ARNP
- Laura Zapata, MN, ARNP
- Kimberly Durnford, RN
- Julie McCallum, RN
Teamwork Across Specialties at Seattle Children's
Each child with a brain or spinal cord malformation or illness is different, so neurosurgery team members work closely with other professionals at Seattle Children's to create an individual care plan for each child.
This close collaboration with other clinics and departments is one of Seattle Children's greatest strengths. A child's neurosurgery care can involve staff from any of the groups listed below.
Seattle Children's Craniofacial Center specializes in treating complex face and skull (craniofacial) malformations in children. Cleft lip and palate and craniosynostosis are among the more common conditions we treat.
Some children have face and skull problems in addition to brain abnormalities so the neurosurgeons and craniofacial surgeons at Children's often work together.
Learn more about the Craniofacial Center.
General and Thoracic Surgery
Our general surgeons treat infants, children and teens for a variety of conditions, including those that affect the thoracic area, abdomen and pelvis.
From fixing the simplest hernia or treating appendicitis, to operating on the most complex abdominal wall defect, to performing surgery on patients who have cancer, the General Surgery team is bringing groundbreaking advances in diagnosis and treatment to the children of the Pacific Northwest.
When needed, our neurosurgeons and general surgeons perform surgery together.
Meet our General and Thoracic Surgery team.
We deliver the best possible care to our patients who have brain and spinal cord tumors by having our diverse group of experienced pediatric specialists in one location.
Some of our neurosurgery patients continue their care with Children's hematology and oncology experts, who offer a broad range of treatments in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Children's Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine bring together their adult and pediatric oncology programs in the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). Children's provides the pediatric care for the alliance.
Learn more about Hematology-Oncology.
We evaluate, diagnose and treat children who have neurodevelopmental and congenital (present at birth) disabilities such as hydrocephalus and myelomeningocele. We tailor our services to each child's needs.
Our staff coordinates care for children who have disabilities by consulting with and assisting community providers, schools, community services and parents.
Learn more about Neurodevelopmental.
We treat and diagnose nervous system and neuromuscular disorders in infants, children and adolescents, such as epilepsy, headaches and developmental delays. Our state-of-the-art laboratory offers many tests.
Children's is the only medical facility in the WAMI region – Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho – that provides comprehensive services for children with epilepsy.
- Edward J. Novotny Jr., MD, director, Epilepsy Program
- Liang Bozarth, MD
- Lorie Hamiwka, MD
- Jonathan Lopez, MD
- Jeffrey G. Ojemann, MD
- James Owens, MD, PhD
- Russ Saneto, DO, PhD
Learn more about Neurology.
It may be hard for children and their families to adjust to disorders of the brain, skull and spine, and these disorders can interfere with a child's intellectual development. To address these challenges the child's psychologist can evaluate and support the child through development.
We provide complete intellectual, educational and personality testing and offer ideas for education planning. We also provide family and individual therapy, as well as practical information to help parents deal with their child's behavior.
Sometimes we recommend medicine as part of a child's behavior management plan.
Learn more about Neuropsychology.
Some neurological conditions and illnesses may affect a child's vision. Our ophthalmologist assesses your child's vision and the way the muscles controlling eye movement work. The physician also assesses and treats problems of the optic nerve.
Learn more about Ophthalmology.
Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons are experts in evaluating and managing musculoskeletal problems in children. We treat conditions that are present at birth (congenital) and conditions that appear later in life.
We care for patients who need both surgical and non-surgical treatment. When needed, our neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons work together to perform spine surgery.
Learn more about Orthopedics.
Our radiologists provide routine and extensive imaging of areas in the body affected by brain, skull and spinal cord problems. This team plays an important role during diagnosis and treatment. Some of our neurosurgery patients require radiation of their brain or spinal cord tumors as part of treatment.
Children's radiation oncologists work with the University of Washington Department of Radiation Oncology to care for these patients.
Learn more about Radiology.
Our occupational, physical and speech therapists perform a wide range of services, including feeding and developmental evaluations and physical therapy. They also provide positioning advice.
Our team works with families to evaluate and treat problems with eating and swallowing, speech, fine motor skills, visual motor skills and development. We also make recommendations for ongoing therapy.
The Tone Management Program evaluates patients who have spasticity problems and recommends medical and surgical treatment. Many of these children do not need surgery and the clinic helps them manage their spasticity with medicines, shots (injections) and physical therapy.
When a child does need surgery, the clinic works closely with the neurosurgery team.
Learn more about Rehabilitation.
Learn about our Sports Concussion Program.
Our neurosurgery research team works behind the scenes to increase our understanding of the causes of brain, skull and spinal cord malformations.
We search for advanced diagnostic and treatment tools and strategies that will help children achieve the best outcomes possible. Our research emphasizes epilepsy and hydrocephalus.
Read more about neurosurgery research.