Overview

The Division of Pediatric Neurology sees one in three children hospitalized at Lurie Children's. In fact, more families bring children with neurologic conditions to us for care or for second opinions than to any other single hospital in the state.

A multidisciplinary team of experienced pediatric neurologists, advanced practice providers and nurses will ensure your child gets the best care available. This team approach makes it easier for you to see every specialist your child needs under one roof and often in the same visit. We have the knowledgeable care providers, kid-friendly facility and state-of-the-art technology needed to achieve the best possible treatment results (outcomes) for sick children. We believe in family-centered care, which means we involve the whole family in a patient’s treatment plan. From bring 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.

Related: Division of Neurosurgery


Nationally-Ranked Care

Lurie Children's is ranked 10th in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S.News World Report

Neurologists & Pediatric Specialists

Our entire staff is dedicated to evaluating and treating infants, children and teens. The team includes:

  • Pediatric neurologists
  • Pediatric advanced practice nurses
  • Pediatric nurses

Our neurologists also frequently collaborate with neurosurgeons, neurointensivists, neuro-oncologists and other specialists at Lurie Children’s. We are part of several multidisciplinary teams, including those that treat:

The head of the division, Leon G. Epstein, MD, is a board-certified neurologist with special qualifications in child neurology, who has more than 35 years of experience. Dr. Epstein is the Derry A. and Donald L. Shoemaker Professor of Pediatric Neurology at Lurie Children’s and a Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also is Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School. 

 

Leon G. Epstein, MD

Division Head, Neurology; Derry A. and Donald L. Shoemaker Professor of Pediatric Neurology

Linda C. Laux, MD

Associate Division Head, Neurology; Section Head, Epilepsy Center; Lorna S. and James P. Langdon Chair in Pediatric Neurology

Joyce Wu, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Denis I. Altman, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Megan Barry, DO

Attending Physician, Neurology

Alma Bicknese, MD

Alma Bicknese, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

David Bieber, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology and Epilepsy Center

Joanna S. Blackburn, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Steven B. Coker, MD

Steven B. Coker, MD

Neurologist, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Center

Lenika De Simone, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor II, Neurology

Divya N. Desai, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology and Epilepsy Center

Joanna I. Garcia Pierce, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology and Epilepsy Center

Rebecca M. Garcia-Sosa, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology and Epilepsy Center

Tracy S. Gertler, MD, PhD

Tracy S. Gertler, MD, PhD

Attending Physician, Neurology; Founders' Board Chair in Neurocritical Care

Laura Gilbert, DO, MBA

Attending Physician, Neurology

Joshua L. Goldstein, MD

Joshua L. Goldstein, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Yolanda F. Holler-Managan, MD

Yolanda F. Holler-Managan, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Jelena Ivanisevic, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor I, Neurology

S. Anne Joseph, MD

S. Anne Joseph, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Anisa F. Kelley, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Nancy L. Kuntz, MD

Nancy L. Kuntz, MD

Attending Physician, Division of Neurology; Medical Director, Mazza Foundation Neuromuscular Program; Director, Muscular Dystrophy Association Care Center

Erin McGinnis, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor II, Neurology

Bridget McGowan, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Divakar S. Mithal, MD, PhD

Attending Physician, Neurology; Founders' Board Chair in Neurocritical Care

Sunila O'Connor, MD

Sunila O'Connor, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology and Epilepsy Center

Meghan E. O'Neill, MD

Meghan E. O'Neill, MD

Attending Physician, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; Attending Physician, Neurology

Murad M. Omery, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Andrea C. Pardo, MD

Andrea C. Pardo, MD, FAAP

Attending Physician, Neurology; Medical Director, Ruth D. & Ken M. Davee Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program

Reega D. Purohit, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Vamshi K. Rao, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Jennifer P. Rubin, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Abigail N. Schwaede, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Syeda H. Shahid, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Diana Sieciechowicz, MD

Diana Sieciechowicz, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology and Epilepsy Center

Dina Soloveychik, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology and Epilepsy Center

Priyamvada Tatachar, MD

Priyamvada Tatachar, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology and Epilepsy Center

Kavita Thakkar, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology (Clinical Neuroimmunology)

Laura E. Vernon, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Jeremy N. Wong, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Lauren Davis, APRN

Lauren S. Baidoo, APRN, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

Madeline T. Collins, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

Kelly Dunne, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

Allison D. Dye, APRN-NP, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

Breanne Fisher, MSN, APRN-NP, CPNP

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Epilepsy Center

Ashley Funk McPartlin, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

Catherine B. Hanneken, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

Kathleen L. Kennedy, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

Darlene Leung, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

Megan E. Masters, APRN-NP, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Neurology and Epilepsy Center

Michele G. Mills, MS, APRN, CPNP

Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Neurocritical Care

Savannah A. Morris, MS, APRN-NP, CPNP-PC

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Epilepsy Center

Carolina Salazar, APRN-NP

Carolina Salazar, DNP, APRN-NP, CPNP-AC

Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

Amy Tennant, MS, APRN-NP, CPNP

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Epilepsy Center

Danielle Trokey, APRN

Danielle Trokey, APRN-NP, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

Michelle Yee, APRN

Michelle M. Yee, APRN, NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

Elizabeth M. Berry-Kravis, MD, PhD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Colleen M. Buhrfiend, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Tamar Caceres, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Peter T. Heydemann, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Haidar Kabbani, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Charles J. Marcuccilli, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Lubov F. Romantseva, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Stephanie D. Snyder, NP

Family Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

Leslie Sondeen-Opila, APRN, NP

Leslie Sondeen-Opila, APRN, NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

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Our Locations

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Chicago, Illinois 60611
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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park

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Chicago, Illinois 60614-3393
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Northbrook, Illinois 60062
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Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
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New Lenox, Illinois 60451
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Geneva, Illinois 60134
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25 N. Winfield Road
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Winfield, Illinois 60190
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Research

Our multidisciplinary team of physician-scientists conducts various research projects to help promote patient care and better educate families. We hope our research efforts will improve treatment for children with hard-to-treat neurological disorders.

Fellowships

Keeping with our belief that quality education is inseparable from our quality patient care, we partner with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to train tomorrow’s leading pediatric physicians. As the pediatric teaching hospital for the Feinberg School, we offer several opportunities for residents to further their education in pediatric neurology.

Neurology News & Stories

Novel Biological Mechanism Discovered That Could Lead to New Treatments for Neurological Disorders, Cancers

The lab of Yongchao C. Ma, PhD, at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Lurie Children’s discovered a fundamental biological mechanism that could lead to new treatments for neurological diseases, such as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and autism, as well as different cancers.

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Lurie Children’s First in Illinois to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with FDA-Approved Gene Therapy

In March, Lurie Children’s treated its first patient with ELEVIDYS, the first gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy – a rare, genetic disease characterized by progressive muscle damage and weakness. Lurie Children’s is the first in Illinois to administer this treatment after ELEVIDYS received FDA approval in 2023.

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Genetic Testing for Neonatal Epilepsy Allows Babies to Go Home Sooner

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Excellent Outcomes of Epilepsy Surgery in Babies Younger Than 3 Months

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Improving Treatment for Ugandan Children with Epilepsy

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Chicago's Top Doctors for Kids

Several Lurie Children's providers were recognized in Chicago magazine's Top Doctors for Kids list

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Philanthropy

Your support is vital 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 e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500