Spina Bifida C​enter

The Spina Bifida Center at Lurie Children’s provides compassionate, comprehensive care for children with spina bifida and related conditions, such as tethered cord. Our multidisciplinary team includes neurosurgeons to manage treatment related to the brain and spinal cord; orthopaedic surgeons to treat muscle imbalance and paralysis; and urologists​ treat problems in the urinary system.


A coordinated team approach is the most successful treatment method for children with spina bifida. Our renowned experts in neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery and urology collaborate with teams from rehabilitative services, clinical nutrition and family services​ to provide innovative and comprehensive clinical care for our patients and their families.

The Spina Bifida Center is led by Robin Bowman, MD, and David McLone, MD, PhD. Dr. Bowman is board-certified in pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. McLone is board-certified in pediatric neurological surgery and neurological surgery. Both teach at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine​.


We believe in family-centered care, which means we involve the whole family in a patient’s treatment plan. From bringing family members into care plan meetings, to providing support and distraction to a patient’s siblings, we do our best to help fit our care within your lifestyle. We also offer many family support and service programs​.

Make an Appoi​​ntment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online​.


Your support is important in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please contact the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today​.

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​Transitioning to Home Care

Almost Home Kids (AHK), now part of the Lurie Children’s family, cares for children with complicated health needs by providing family training, respite care and short-term transitional care in a home-like setting. AHK is staffed with medical professionals and volunteers to make sure every child and their families are prepared for the return home. The Spina Bifida Center works closely with Almost Home Kids to make the care transition process as easy as possible.

Learn more about AHK.