The Section of Neurosurgery at Nationwide Children's provides the best possible care to all pediatric patients with neurosurgical needs through advanced surgical techniques for rare brain tumors, epilepsy, craniosynostosis and Chiari malformations as well as urgent interventions for injuries due to trauma or stroke.
In our state-of-the-art operating room, our staff uses central Ohio’s only pediatric intraoperative MRI (iMRI). One of the main benefits of iMRI technology is the ability to use it during tumor removal. The use of the iMRI enables the neurosurgeon to look for remaining tumor or any other abnormalities during an operation, thus reducing the chance for multiple operations. Additional advanced technologies used in our operating suites include neuroendoscopes, computerized navigation systems, intraoperative ultrasound and minimally invasive laser ablation.
Our neurosurgeons collaborate with Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant and many others to promote positive outcomes for neurosurgical patients from birth to age 21, and for selected adults with congenital neurological disorders. Our surgeons value collaborative relationships with primary care physicians and believe in maintaining communication to support ongoing patient care.
As part of the Level 1 Trauma Program, our neurosurgeons provide round-the-clock coverage for the Emergency Department, enabling us to achieve best outcomes for patients with traumatic brain injuries.
“There is no delay in care – from the time the patient comes into the Emergency Department through triage, imaging and surgery. We know that with traumatic brain injuries every minute counts,” says Dr. Leonard.
Our team’s expertise includes minimally invasive endoscopic procedures to decrease the impact on the patient, minimize pain and promote faster recovery. We also specialize in minimally invasive treatment of intraventricular pathology and brain tumors, when appropriate.
In the growing field of epilepsy surgery, we are leading the way with innovative, patient-centered care and ground-breaking collaborative research. Through the Epilepsy Research Program, a team of neurosurgeons and neurologists is working to develop numerous studies from mathematical modeling of EEG changes to building an epilepsy surgery database and creating an algorithm for analyzing histopathology samples from surgery.