Best Children’s Hospitals – U.S.News and World Report – Neurology and Neurosurgery 2018-19

Pediatric Neurosurgery

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Lurie Children’s Division of Neurosurgery is one of the busiest in North America, seeing more than 5,000 outpatients and performing approximately 1,000 surgeries a year. In fact, our neurosurgeons care for more children with disorders of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) than any other hospital in Illinois. The program’s services are renowned outside the state, as well — U.S.News & World Report has ranked Lurie Children’s as 12th in the nation for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. 

A multidisciplinary team of experienced healthcare providers will care for your child. 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 offer a joint Pediatric and Adolescent Neurovascular Disease and Stroke Program with Northwestern Memorial Hospital. This program combines the training and skills of our pediatric neurosurgeons with the capabilities of Northwestern’s cerebrovascular surgeons, who have experience treating neurologic conditions that can affect children. This partnership also helps Lurie Children’s efforts to assist our teenage patients in the transition from pediatric to adult care. Our team believes in family-centered care, treating you and your child with great care, compassion and respect. We provide support and resources for the whole family.

Our Programs

We participate in several specialized, multidisciplinary programs. 

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Conditions We Treat

Our physicians make every attempt to stay at the forefront of treatment advances, making sure they provide our patients with the best care possible. We take specialized and evidence-based approaches to diagnosing and treating children’s conditions involving the brain and nervous system. The following is a list of some of the conditions we treat.

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Our Specialists

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

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

Tadanori Tomita, MD, the head of the division, is board certified in both pediatric and adult neurologic surgery and has nearly 20 years of experience as a neurosurgeon. Dr. Tomita is the Medical Director of the Falk Brain Tumor Center and the Yeager Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Lurie Children’s. He also is a Professor of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Tests & Treatments

Our physicians make every attempt to stay at the forefront of treatment advances, making sure they provide our patients with the best care possible. We take specialized and evidence-based approaches to diagnosing children’s conditions involving the brain and nervous system, and then seek out the appropriate treatment. View a list of tests and treatments below. 


To schedule an appointment in Spina Bifida Clinic or Tethered Cord Clinic please call 312.227.4220 and speak to Dani Gacek, Spina Bifida Administrative Coordinator, or Luis Suncin, Spina Bifida Liaison. Due to the nature of this clinic, online scheduling is not available.

To speak with the Spina Bifida Nurse Coordinator, please call 312.227.4883.


Our neurosurgeons and scientists are committed to research that will translate help create a better understanding of brain tumors and other neurologic conditions in children. We are conducting research studies in patients and in the laboratory.


The Division of Neurosurgery offers a popular one-year fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery through the Feinberg School. This fellowship program has trained more than 10% of all board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons in the U.S.


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 or call 312.227.7500