It can be scary to learn your child has a neurological disorder or injury, but advancements in medicine make it possible for doctors and surgeons to effectively manage and treat many brain, spine and nervous system conditions. Riley at IU Health is home to a highly skilled pediatric neurosurgery team. Our team will guide your family from the anxiety of diagnosis through the process of surgery and recovery, delivering comprehensive, seamless care each step of the way.
Our doctors and surgeons manage the complete spectrum of complex neurologic problems in children of all ages, from infants to young adults. Our pediatric neurosurgery team is one of the largest and most experienced in the United States. We see patients from all over the world. We routinely treat the most complicated issues, including intractable epilepsy, skull and spine deformities, traumatic injuries, congenital conditions, such as spina bifida, and benign and malignant tumors.
Because we are committed to treating any neurological need, our team works side by side with the neurology team and other colleagues at Riley at IU Health, including departmental specialists in oncology and hematology, neonatology, urology, neuro-oncology, cleft and craniofacial anomalies, otolaryngology, developmental pediatrics, adolescent medicine, interventional neuroradiology and physical therapy and rehabilitation. Together, our teams have developed a number of programs and centers of excellence (such as the comprehensive Epilepsy Program) that focus on providing specialized treatment for neurologic disorders.
The pediatric neurosurgeons at Riley at IU Health are highly skilled and highly trained. All received extra training in order to become specialized in pediatric neurosurgery. This is just one reason why U.S. News & World Report ranks our pediatric neurology and neurosurgery teams among the top pediatric specialists in the nation.
Why Riley at IU Health?
When your family comes to Riley at IU Health, you have access to a comprehensive health system that cares for a population of more than 1 million children a year. The pediatric neurosurgery service performs more than 1,000 procedures each year.
- Superior high-level care. Riley at IU Health is one of a limited number of hospitals across the nation to provide superior tertiary and quaternary care for children with severe neurologic injuries or illness. These services require highly specialized equipment and access to rare procedures and clinical trials.
- Neurosurgery advancements. Our team is developing new pediatric neurosurgery programs in neuro-oncology. We offer clinical trials, minimally invasive epilepsy surgery (featuring laser ablation of seizure foci) and fetal surgery for the repair of myelomeningocele/spina bifida. We are committed to building on the outstanding pediatric neuroscience programs at Riley at IU Health by ensuring neurosurgery care for all who need it, while creating a program that can be a regional hub and a national destination.
- Extensive research. The Pediatric Neurosurgery Department at Riley at IU Health is led by a team that is always looking for ways to improve brain, spine and peripheral nerve surgery while making those procedures safer for children. Our discoveries take place in our clinics, operating rooms and laboratories and directly affect your child’s health. We are always developing and refining safe minimally invasive techniques as alternatives to traditional, more invasive brain, spine and spinal cord surgeries.
Our doctor-scientist team is also actively involved in research projects to improve the understanding of why brain disorders, such as epilepsy, occur and to develop better operative and nonoperative treatments.
Same-Day Appointment Program
We are always accessible and available to you and your child. Please ask our receptionist about a same-day appointment.
Conditions & Services
Our pediatric specialists provide patient- and family-centered care for most related conditions. The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
We offer a number of different Pediatric Neurosurgery services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our department.
Learn more about the experienced pediatric neurosurgeons at Riley at IU Health.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
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Department Forms & Resources
Department Forms & Resources
The Pediatric Neurosurgery Department at Riley at IU Health has curated relevant resources from other websites and provided links with brief descriptions of the information that is available.
View our Guide to Surgery to ease anxiety and prepare you and your child before surgery.
Creamos esta guía como un recurso para ayudarlo a comprender mejor nuestro proceso y para aliviar un poco la ansiedad que pueda estar experimentando.
Related Programs & Departments
Related Programs & Departments
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related programs & departments.
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Dr. Katrina Ducis joined the neuro team after completing a fellowship last year and has already made her mark in the treatment of children with a rare blood vessel disorder. Department Chief Dr. Andrew Jea describes her as “an empathetic doctor at the bedside and a technical wizard in the operating room.”Continue reading
After nearly a year in the hospital, Charlie Lane is home and cancer-free. The 4-year-old, who just returned from seeing Mickey and the gang at Disneyworld, has his hair back, his energy back and his life back.Continue reading
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Riley at IU Health works with referring physicians in Indiana and beyond. If you are a physician and would like to consult with us on a case or make a referral, call IMACSOneCall.
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We play an important role in training future neurosurgeons through our partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine. Medical students, residents and fellows in the IU School of Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery are mentored by our experienced surgeons and experience the full breadth of pediatric neurosurgical cases. The school’s one-year fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery allows fellows to focus on neurovascular, neuro-oncology, spine or epilepsy/functional subspecialties and prepares them for independent practice and an academic career.