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Neurocritical Care

Contact number | 202-476-2120

Pediatric neurocritical care is the area of medicine focused on protecting and treating the brains of critically ill and injured children. At Children’s National, our experts provide comprehensive neurocritical care for infants through young adults.

We understand that families who are in our care often feel distressed and uncertain. We are dedicated to providing compassionate and expert care for your child and entire family. Our goal is to achieve the best outcomes possible, in the most supportive manner, for our patients and their families.

State-of-the-Art Critical Care Around the Clock

The Neurocritical Care Unit at Children’s National Hospital, also known as the Neuro ICU, is the only pediatric neuro ICU in the Washington, D.C., area and one of only a handful in the nation.

We offer:

  • Around-the-clock specialty care. Our full-time neurocritical staff includes several neuro-intensivists who staff the unit 24 hours a day. These physicians are specifically trained in caring for extremely fragile children with a neurological injury or complex condition or who are recovering from surgery.
  • Family-focused resources. We offer private patient rooms and dedicated waiting and resting areas so families can stay close by while their child is with us. We also offer dedicated social workers and support staff who are available to help guide families and provide resources throughout their time in the Neurocritical Care Unit and beyond.
  • Dedicated and specialized experts. We have multidisciplinary teams created specifically to work together to advance care and outcomes for particular injuries and illnesses, providing your child with the most focused and individualized care.
  • State-of-the-art equipment. Our unit is equipped with the latest technology and monitoring equipment that allows us to continually evaluate your child’s brain activity and blood flow and adjust their care plan accordingly. These include continuous video EEG monitoring, intracranial pressure monitoring and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS).

For infants with brain-related illnesses and injuries, Children’s National also offers dedicated neurocritical care for newborns through our top-ranked Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The Neurocritical Care team at Children’s National includes:

  • Critical care neurologists
  • Specialists in pediatric critical care
  • Interventional neuroradiologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical therapists
  • Social workers

Conditions We Treat

Some neurologic conditions we treat in the Neurocritical Care Unit include:

  • Recovery from neurosurgery
  • Arterial ischemic stroke
  • Intracranial hemorrhage, including arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
  • Cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (CSVT)
  • Encephalitis/meningitis
  • Status epilepticus, including febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Anoxic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Neuromuscular emergencies, including infantile botulism and Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)
  • Neurological complications of critical illness 

Contact Us

If you need reach the Neurocritical Care Unit, call 202-476-2120.

Bella's Story

Epilepsy and Seizure

Bella claps her hands while wearing pink eyeglasses and a red hair bow

In the first weeks of life, Bella underwent a series of procedures that her doctors and family agreed were necessary to end constant seizures from hemimegalencephaly (HME), a rare brain disorder in which one half of the brain grows abnormal and large and misbehaves by triggering repeated difficult seizures.

Bella's Story

Neurocritical Care Team

  • Adre duPlessis

    Adre Du Plessis
    Division Chief, Prenatal and Transitional Pediatrics
    Director, Prenatal Pediatrics Institute
    Director, Prenatal Brain Program

  • Dana Harrar

    Dana Harrar
    Director, Pediatric Stroke Program
    Co-Director, Critical Care Neurology
    Neurologist
    Neurophysiologist

  • Arnold Sansevere

    Arnold Sansevere JR
    Director, Critical Care EEG Monitoring
    Co-Director, Critical Care Neurology
    Neurologist
    Neurophysiologist

  • Sarah Schlatterer

    Sarah Schlatterer
    Director, Neurocardiac Critical Care
    Prenatal and Neonatal Neurologist

  • Diana Bharacha-Goebel

    Diana Bharucha Goebel
    Neuromuscular Neurologist

  • Sarah Mulkey

    Sarah Mulkey
    Co-Director, Congenital Infection Program
    Director, Prenatal and Neonatal Fellowship
    Prenatal and Neonatal Neurologist

  • Thanh Nguyen

    Thanh Nguyen
    Neurologist

  • Paola Pergami

    Paola Pergami
    Neurologist

  • Elizabeth Wells

    Elizabeth Wells
    Vice President, Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine Center
    Neurologist

  • Jeffrey Strelzik

    Jeffrey Strelzik
    Associate Director, Child Neurology Fellowship Program
    Director, Headache Infusion Program
    Medical Director, Neurology Education
    Neurologist

  • Juma Mbwana

    Juma Mbwana
    Director, Neuroscience Medical Unit
    Neurologist

  • William Gaillard

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

  • John Schreiber

    John Schreiber
    Director, Epilepsy Genetics Program
    Director, Electroencephalography
    Neurophysiologist

  • Dr. Tammy Tsuchida

    Tammy Tsuchida
    Neurophysiologist
    Neonatal Neurologist

  • Tesfaye Zelleke

    Tesfaye Zelleke
    Neurophysiologist

  • John Berger

    John Berger III
    Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
    Director, Cardiac ECMO

  • Robert Keating

    Robert Keating
    Division Chief, Neurosurgery

  • Panagiotis Kratimenos

    Panagiotis Kratimenos
    Neonatologist

  • Anna Brown

    Anna Brown
    Anesthesiologist

  • Sonali Basu

    Sonali Basu
    Director, Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
    Critical Care Specialist

  • Christiane Corriveau

    Christiane Corriveau
    Co-Chair, Clinician Well Being
    Critical Care Specialist

  • Dr. John Diddle

    John Diddle
    Director, Quality Outcomes in Cardiac Critical Care
    Cardiac Critical Care Specialist

  • Craig Futterman

    Craig Futterman
    Cardiac Critical Care Specialist

  • Vanessa Madrigal

    Vanessa Madrigal
    Critical Care Specialist
    Director, Ethics Program

  • Tessie W. October

    Tessie October
    Critical Care Specialist

  • Dr. Anita Patel

    Anita Patel
    Critical Care Specialist

  • Matthew Sharron

    Matthew Sharron
    Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
    Critical Care Specialist

  • Gregory Yurasek

    Gregory Yurasek
    Cardiac Critical Care Specialist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Anne Ciriello
    Nurse Practitioner

  • Melissa Jones

    Melissa Jones
    Director, Neurocardiac Critical Care

  • Riley C

    Christine Riley
    Advance Practice Provider Team Lead
    Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care

  • Anne Vasiliadis

    Anne Vasiliadis
    Nurse Practitioner