Our success in uncovering the mysteries of the
brain is reflected in our world-renowned status
among pediatric hospitals, and the impact that
our doctors make on the field of neuroscience.
Parents, as well as physicians, seek out our
expertise because they know the level of care
they receive here is second to none.
Elizabeth Tyler-Kabara, MD, PhD, is part of a team of researchers
at the University of Pittsburgh who worked on the brain-computer
interface (BCI) technology resulting in the first time that a person with
longstanding quadriplegia could maneuver a mind-controlled, human-
like robot arm in seven dimensions (7D) to consistently perform many
of the natural and complex motions of everyday life.
In utero myelomeningocele surgery can prevent the extreme symptoms
of spina bifida and postnatal surgery. Stephanie Greene, MD, trained in
the surgery at a course at the University of California San Francisco.
Our Spina Bifida clinic here is one of the largest clinics of its kind
in this country.
We have four pediatric neurosurgeons on staff.
Endoscopic Endonasal Approach (EEA)
Surgeons at UPMC have pioneered two minimally invasive
alternatives to open brain surgery. Our multidisciplinary team of
neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, and ophthalmic surgeons is
among the most experienced in the world in using these surgical
techniques for patients of all ages — including pediatric patients.
In addition, the vibrant new Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
of UPMC offers a state-of-the-art neurosurgical suite that was
designed especially for these procedures.
Program for the Study of
Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders
Conducts extensive evaluations for parents referred to the program
because of genetic neurodegenerative diseases in the area of
neurogenetics/neurometabolism, including lysosomal storage
diseases such as mucopolysaccharidosis, white matter diseases,
The NDRD has developed new techniques to identify injury in the
brain of young infants even before the babies have symptoms.
Maria L. Escolar, MD, MS, director of the NDRD, is recognized
internationally as an expert in these diseases.