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Neurosurgery (Pediatrics)


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If your child needs surgery for a condition that affects the brain, spinal cord, and nerves that connect them (nervous system), you want care from a skilled, experienced team.

Pediatric neurosurgeons at University of Miami Health System work with doctors across the UHealth System to provide comprehensive care to your child.  This includes pediatric neurologists, pediatric ophthalmologists, other pediatric surgical specialists, pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatric ICU doctors, and other pediatric medical specialists.  The team also includes specialized nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, and our child life team. Your child gets personalized attention and family-friendly services, including support and resources to help manage your child’s health and well-being.  

You can be confident in our expertise. As an academic medical center, our board-certified doctors are on the leading edge of pediatric neurosurgery and collaborate with other pediatric specialists to provide the best care for your child. We use the latest approaches and perform surgery at Holtz Children’s Hospital, part of the Jackson Health System. We treat children of all ages, from fetal consultations to newborns to teens.

Conditions and Treatments

Holtz Children's Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Medical Center is one of the largest children's hospitals in the southeastern United States, offering children and parents access to the newest research, latest advancements, and finest care.  It combines the strengths and expertise of the Jackson Health system and UHealth - University of Miami Health System, which allows our teams to provide patients with a multidisciplinary approach to care.  Examples of this multidisciplinary approach include our pediatric brain tumor,  craniofacial/craniosynostosis, pediatric vascular, spina bifida, and combined neuroscience teams.  This multidisciplinary approach includes access to the latest research advances to facilitate the next steps after surgery with a precision medicine approach to treating your child's tumor.  To this end, we are delighted to now offer all pediatric brain tumor patients molecular profiling of their tumor as well as the potential to grow their tumor in our laboratories to test treatments on their specific tumor cells.

Our Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Dr. Heather McCrea, is board certified in neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery.  Additionally, she is the only pediatric neurosurgeon in Miami trained in flexible endoscopy in addition to rigid endoscopy.  By using rigid or flexible endoscopy, when appropriate, this allows your child to undergo a more minimally invasive surgery. Endoscopy may be used to treat hydrocephalus, brain and pituitary tumors, arachnoid cysts, and craniosynostosis.

Why Choose UHealth?

World-class health care for children. Children and their families come from all over the world to receive top-quality care from our compassionate team of pediatric specialists. Your child will receive personalized attention from doctors who are sought out for their expertise.

Research leads to better treatments for your child. Our pediatric specialists are involved in leading-edge research at one of the nation’s top medical schools, Miller School of Medicine. Your child has access to innovative treatments and procedures that aren’t as readily available at other facilities. Our team uses the latest technologies and research findings to give your child personalized care.

HealthySteps Program helps children meet milestones. All of our general pediatrics offices use the HealthySteps Program to ensure that children are developing appropriately for their age — physically, emotionally, and psychologically. When there are issues or concerns, we work closely with children and their families to connect them with support resources. We’re the only academic medical center in South Florida that has developmental and behavioral pediatric specialists on staff.

Recognized for our exceptional care. Many of our pediatric doctors are recognized as America’s Top Doctors® by Castle Connolly — doctors who are nominated by their peers as being the very best in their communities. We have more Top Doctors than any other health system in South Florida.

Affiliated with one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals. Our affiliate, Holtz Children’s Hospital, is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the southeastern United States. The hospital is ranked among the nation’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, and nephrology.

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