Diseases and injuries of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles require a high level of care and support provided by doctors and other healthcare professionals who combine knowledge and skill with empathy and compassion to bring about the best possible result for your child. That’s what you’ll find at Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children.

We offer comprehensive neurological services, including:

  • Neurosurgery – a highly specialized field that deals with surgical treatment of the brain, spine or nervous system
  • Neurology – diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain, spine or nervous system
  • Neuroimaging – advanced techniques and technology to create images that show the structure or activity of the brain and nervous system
  • Neurointerventional radiology – advanced imaging technology used to navigate catheters and other devices through veins and arteries

Our partnership with the Center for Clinical Neurosciences at Tulane University School of Medicine means you have access to the most up-to-date technology, treatments and clinical trials available. Our physicians train many of the country’s neurosurgeons and neurologists, and they will use that same high level of expertise to diagnose and treat your child.

Comprehensive Neurology Services

If your child has a problem that affects his or her brain or nervous system, the pediatric neurology services at Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children will give you the care and support you and your family needs. We combine a compassionate, experienced staff with state-of-the-art technology and the latest advances in care to improve your child’s health and well-being.

We diagnose, treat and manage all pediatric neurological conditions including:

  • Brain Tumors and brain cancers are the third most common type of childhood cancer. They occur when abnormal cells form in the tissues of the brain or spinal cord. Treatment depends on the type, size and location of the tumor and may include medication, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy and rehabilitation therapy.
  • Hydrocephalus or water on the brain, is a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling. Treatment focuses on improving the flow of spinal fluid to reduce or prevent brain damage.
  • Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures when clusters of nerve cells, also called neurons, send out incorrect signals. Treatment may include medication, surgery or implanted devices like the vagus nerve stimulator.
  • Scoliosis is an abnormal curve in the spine or backbone. Instead of going straight up and down, the spine of someone with scoliosis looks like the letter C or S. Treatment may include a back brace, physical therapy and surgery.

We also diagnose, treat and manage:

  • Headache/migraine
  • Sleep disorders
  • Autism
  • Movement disorders
  • Developmental delays
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Speech and language problems


Our neurosurgeons are fellowship-trained and board-certified. They each completed a minimum of 15 years of higher education. Many of our neurosurgeons are specially trained in minimally invasive procedures, which allows your child to have much smaller incisions and faster recovery time than conventional surgery. Our advanced surgical instruments and methods limit tissue damage, reduce the risks to your child and decrease recovery time.

Pediatric Neurosciences Team

Our team of professionals is specially trained to provide comprehensive, coordinated care to diagnose, treat and manage a full range of neurological conditions in children.

“There are always options, there’s always more that we can do,” said Dr. Stephen Nelson, part of Tulane Lakeside’s Pediatric Neurology Team. “Even if it’s a serious diagnosis, even if it’s a life threatening, aggressive diagnosis, there are still things we can do for the family and the patient.”