Services - Pedi Neurosurgery

Multidisciplinary Family-Centered Care

At the very core of our multidisciplinary team are the child and the parents. At each stage of treatment—evaluation, team meeting, family meeting, surgery, and follow-up care—we offer not only emotional support, but also intensive education. We respect that the family is the center of the child’s life and welcome families to participate in every aspect of the child’s care and encourage them to tell us their needs and those of their child. We are committed to making the hospital experience as positive and comfortable as possible. In addition to the usual amenities a children’s hospital offers, we also have:

  • Rooming-in accommodations, including overnight stays adjacent to the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units
  • Comprehensive, one-on-one education for the child and family
  • A back-up childcare center for the siblings of patients
  • Acomfortable, private, recently renovated and expanded surgical waiting area for patients’ families
  • Interpreter services for non-English speaking and hearing impaired patients
  • An International Patient and Family Center offering translation services, assistance with accommodations, financial information and a wide range of guest services
  • A chapel open 24 hours a dayand a pediatric chaplain as well as access to clergy of every faith
  • A family resource center containing the latest information about a wide variety of healthcare issues.

Pediatric Neurosurgery Brochure (tri-fold)

Providing children with family-centered, state-of-the-art care.

A multidisciplinary team including pediatric neuroncologists and pediatric medical oncologists for the surgical treatment of pediatric brain and spinal tumors. Surgery of developmental anomalies presenting prenatally, in infancy, childhood, or adulthood including tethered spinal cord, spina bifida, syringomyelia, myelomeningocele, hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis, lipoma, dermal sinus, encephalocele, aqueductal stenosis, myeloschisis, lipomyelomeningocele, split cord malformation, diastematomyelia, Klippel-Feil syndrome, CSF shunts, Dandy-Walker cyst, and Arnold-Chiari malformation.

World-renowned Excellence

The Pediatric Neurosurgical Service at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is world-renowned for its clinical accomplishments, state-of-the-art technology and pioneering research endeavors in the diagnosis and treatment of all neurosurgical conditions of infants, children and adolescents. Our faculty, recognized authorities in their field, work closely with multidisciplinary teams to bring our patients an unequalled level of experience and expertise. Our staff couples their superb medical skills with compassionate care that is comforting to children and reassuring to parents.

MassGeneral Hospital for Children is a dedicated pediatric hospital within Massachusetts General Hospital, the first pediatric provider in Boston. While maintaining the integrity and atmosphere of a children’s hospital, MassGeneral Hospital for Children thrives on the synergy that comes from being part of a larger hospital. We are in the unique position of seamlessly caring for patients from infancy through adulthood. Through our close association with our colleagues who treat adults, we can easily exchange ideas and extend all of the hospital’s vast resources to our pediatric population.



A Teaching Hospital - Harvard Medical School

Mass General is the largest of the Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals. It draws patients, scientists, physicians and students from all over the world. At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we offer a large degree of subspecialization and experience and are the primary Partners HealthCare institution for pediatric neurosurgery.

Of special importance are the multidisciplinary clinics that bring to bear expertise within the MassGeneral Hospital for Children as well as facilities that are available within Massachusetts General Hospital, which is a world-wide referral center for the treatment of conditions requiring neurosurgery in patients of all ages. By working closely with our colleagues who treat adults, we are able to quickly apply advances in many areas, both common and rare, to children.

Experience
  • Fifteen percent of pediatric brain tumors are totally curable with surgery alone. For those tumors requiring more extensive treatment, our pioneering innovations in surgical techniques, chemotherapy and radiation therapy have led to minimizing adverse effects on cognitive and neuroendocrine development and improving survival rates.
  • Mass General has some of the most experience with pituitary disease in the world. We have much success in treating children with Cushing’s disease and acromegaly.
  • Mass General has a large neurofibromatosis program, with emphasis on both scientific and clinical application, and was one of the first facilities to acknowledge the unique multidisciplinary problems that patients with neurofibromatosis and their families face.
  • We provide multidisciplinary management of inherited neurologic syndromes including Von Hippel-Lindau disease through a Neurogenetics Clinic.
  • Arteriovenous malformations are the most common cause of hemorraghic stroke in children. Mass General performs more neurovascular procedures than any facility in New England, using a proven combination of surgery, radiosurgeryand endovascular embolization.
  • After headache, epilepsy is the most common neurologic problem in children. Mass General offers a full range of medical management and all of the established and novel anti-epileptic drugs. When, after a careful evaluation of the child, surgical intervention is indicated, 60–70% of patients post-surgery become seizure-free or are dramatically improved, with the remaining patients having a reduction in their seizures.

Advanced Medical Imaging

Mass General has some of the most advanced imaging capabilities in the world. In addition to standard CT and MRI, we offer PET (positron emission tomography) scanning for looking at the body’s biochemical functions, functional MRI for providing 3D structural and functional brain imaging, MR spectroscopy for viewing the neurochemistry of the brain and special, high-resolution MRI scanning for furnishing exquisite anatomical views. MassGeneral Hospital for Children has the first FDA approved intraoperative MRI, which has axial imaging that allows our surgeons to operate through the smallest hole possible and view the brain from many angles during an operation in order to attain maximum tumor resection.

MassGeneral Hospital for Children is a dedicated pediatric hospital within Massachusetts General Hospital, the first pediatric provider in Boston. While maintaining the integrity and atmosphere of a children’s hospital, MassGeneral Hospital for Children thrives on the synergy that comes from being part of a larger hospital. We are in the unique position of seamlessly caring for patients from infancy through adulthood. Through our close association with our colleagues who treat adults, we can easily exchange ideas and extend all of the hospital’s vast resources to our pediatric population.


Advanced Technology - Team of Specialists

Technology may drive the treatment, but it is the entire team of specialists working together that makes it all happen. We strive to organize all patient care through a team approach that is comprehensive, compassionate and personalized. At the core of the team are the child and the parents, who are involved in every decision along the way. Based on the diagnosis, a child and family works with the pediatric neurosurgeon and a number of providers who specialize in the child’s particular condition. This team meets initially to explore all treatment options and then presents their recommendations to the parents and, when appropriate, the child. Every specialist describes the steps that his or her therapy involves. Once the course of action is agreed upon, this team continues to meet as a group throughout the child’s stay, making adjustments in treatment as warranted. This collaborative nature pushes the envelope to minimize complications and maximize efficacy in the management of the child’s medical condition.

Every child and family, based on their unique needs, has their own multidisciplinary medical team. Team members may include:

  • Pediatric neurosurgeons
  • Pediatric radiation oncologists
  • Pediatric medical oncologists
  • Pediatric anesthesiologists
  • Pediatric neurologists
  • Pediatric neuroradiologists
  • Pediatric neuropathologists
  • Pediatric neuropsychologists
  • Pediatric neurophysiologists
  • Pediatric epileptologists
  • Pediatric psychiatrists
  • Pediatric nurse specialists
  • Child life specialists
  • Social workers
  • Occupational and physical therapists

Referrals

MassGeneral Hospital for Children is committed to making expert, state-of-the-art treatment available to children from across the community and beyond. The members of our network, which includes Newton-Wellesley and North Shore Children’s Hospitals, as well as hundreds of community pediatricians and pediatric specialists, work together to ensure that this goal is met.

Either families or physicians may make referrals to or inquiries about our Pediatric Neurosurgical Services by calling 617-726 3887.

Massachusetts General Hospital is consistently ranked among the top three hospitals in the country and its pediatric services in the top 1% in the nation by U.S. News & World Report Annual Guide to America’s Best Hospitals.We were the first hospital in the nation to attain Level 1 verification in Adult Trauma, Pediatric Trauma and Adult Burn. Our Brain Tumor Center receives referrals from medical centers around the world to care for children whose care is most challenging.



MGH Pediatric Neurosurgical Servicer - Wang Ambulatory Care Center - ACC-331 - Neurosurgical Service - Phone: 617-643-9175 - Fax: 617-726-7546 - Massachusetts General Hospital - 15 Parkman Street - Boston, Massachusetts 02114