Neurology


U.S. News & World Report High Performing Badge - neurology and neurosurgery

The pediatric neurology & neurosurgery program at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is ranked as one of the best programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and it is the highest-ranked program in North Central Florida.

At UF Health, we offer one of the most comprehensive neurology programs for children and parents, from performing epilepsy surgery, to finding causes of and treatments for seizures, sleep and neuromuscular disorders to helping children with school problems. 

What we treat

  • Cerebral dysgenesis
  • Lissencephaly
  • Polymicrogyria
  • Cerebral Palsy/Spasticity
  • Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Epilepsy: treatments available include pre-surgical evaluations, ketogenic diets and precision ketogenic therapy and vagal nerve stimulation
  • Absence epilepsy
  • Dravet syndrome
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
  • Rolandic epilepsy
  • Infantile spasms
  • Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy
  • Headache
  • Movement disorders
  • Tics/Tourette syndrome
  • Neonatal neurology
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
  • Neurocutaneous Disorders
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Sturge Weber syndrome
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Neurogenetic Disorders
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Rett syndrome
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
  • Autoimmune encephalitis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neurometabolic Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Congenital myasthenic syndrome
  • Congenital myopathy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Myotonias
  • Neuropathies
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Stroke
  • Hemorrhagic stroke
  • Intraventricular hemorrhage
  • Ischemic stroke

Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is distinguished for treating a large population of children with epilepsy. Both the pediatric epilepsy specialists and general pediatric neurologists treat children with first-time seizures and those with straightforward epilepsy syndromes. The pediatric epilepsy program, staffed by specially trained pediatric epileptologists, nurse practitioners and nurses, provides leading-edge comprehensive therapies for children with intractable epilepsy. Some of the advanced therapeutic options offered by our program include epilepsy surgical evaluations and epilepsy surgery, ketogenic diet regimens, vagal nerve stimulation and familiarity with the range of epilepsy medications, including the newest ones approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. 

Services:

  • Comprehensive epilepsy evaluation
  • Epilepsy surgeries

Diagnostic Testing and Evaluation:

  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Video EEG (VEEG)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Ictal Signal Photon Emission Computed Tomography (Ictal SPECT)
  • PET (performed at outside facility)
  • MEG (performed at outside facility)
  • Neuropsychological evaluation
  • Wada Test