Pediatric Spina Bifida Care

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 servicesclinical 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​.


If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®) or visit our Appointments page for more information. 


Our team has compiled several sets of resources for patients and families living spina bifida.


Lurie Children's Spina Bifida Center is active in clinical studies throughout the country.

Clinical trials are studies to develop, produce and evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments and therapies for diseases. is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.


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

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