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Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine

Contact number | 202-476-2120
Center for Neurosciences

One of the Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurological Care

Our Neurology and Neurosurgery Programs are ranked in the top 5 nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

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The Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine at Children’s National Health System is one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric neuroscience programs in the world. Our expert care team works together to treat all aspects of your child’s neurological care – from brain conditions, diseases and injuries to behavioral and developmental disorders.

Understanding Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and nerve cells (also called neurons). All parts of the nervous system work together to send messages to the brain and the body. When a child has a neurological condition, disorder or injury, the normal flow of messages to the brain and body can be affected.

By combining neuroscience with behavioral medicine, Children’s National helps children and parents not only understand brain conditions, but how they might affect a child’s emotions and behavior.

Why Choose the Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine?

At Children’s National, we combine cutting-edge research with highly specialized clinical care. Our experts have dedicated their careers to giving children with neurological conditions the best chance for a long and happy life.

Highlights of our program include:

  • National ranking: Children’s National consistently ranks among the top pediatric neurology and neurosurgery programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Expertise: With over 100 neuroscience and behavioral medicine experts, our experience covers the full spectrum of neurological conditions, including rare and under-diagnosed disorders such as white matter disease and inherited metabolic disorders.
  • Developmentally appropriate care: We create individual, personalized treatment plans for every child. Our experts know and understand how age, level of maturity and individuality can all influence a child’s development. By getting to know your child and tailoring treatment to his or her needs, we help ensure the best possible treatment outcome.
  • Research: By participating in the world’s most prestigious neuroscience research, we can bring new treatments to your child as quickly and safely as possible. Our own dedicated labs excel in translating developments and discoveries into clinical practice. Learn more about our Center for Neuroscience Research.
  • Innovative support programs: We offer dedicated support groups and specialized summer camps for children with neurological conditions. Our Brainy Camps help children build confidence and make new friends in a safe and supportive environment.

World-Class Specialty Programs

The Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine consists of:

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For more information about the Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine or to make an appointment, call us at 202-476-2120.

Brynleigh's Story

Brain Nervous System

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Two and a half years ago, Adamstown, MD residents Lauren and Sean Shillinger gave birth to a beautiful little girl named Brynleigh. Brynleigh was their first child, and Lauren experienced a full-term pregnancy and a normal delivery. But when Brynleigh was just 9 1/2 months old, Lauren and Sean started to notice something unusual in Brynleigh’s behavior.

Brynleigh's Story

Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine Team

  • Roger Packer

    Roger Packer
    Senior Vice President, Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Health
    Director, Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Institute
    Director, Brain Tumor Institute

  • William Gaillard

    William D. Gaillard
    Division Chief, Epilepsy and Neurophysiology
    Division Chief, Neurology
    Director, Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program
    Associate Director, Center for Neuroscience Research

  • Adre duPlessis

    Adre Du Plessis
    Division Chief, Fetal and Transitional Medicine
    Director, Fetal Medicine Institute
    Director, Fetal Brain Program

  • Gerard Gioia

    Gerard Gioia
    Division Chief, Neuropsychology
    Director, Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery and Education (SCORE) Program

  • Andrea Gropman

    Andrea Gropman
    Division Chief, Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics and Neurogenetics

  • Robert Keating

    Robert Keating
    Division Chief, Neurosurgery

  • Adelaide Robb

    Adelaide Robb
    Chief, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

  • Thomas Robinson

    Tommie L. Robinson Jr.
    Division Chief, Hearing and Speech

  • Marshall Summar

    Marshall Summar
    Division Chief, Genetics and Metabolism
    Director, Rare Disease Institute

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    Nicol Awadalla Bacon
    Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician

  • Yaphet Bryant

    Yaphet Bryant
    Psychologist, Special Immunology Service