Brain and Nerves

Best Children's Hospitals Neurology and Neurosurgery 2016-17

A child who has seizures, delayed development (such as sitting, speaking, walking), weakness, unusual headaches or abnormal movements should see a doctor who specializes in the care of children’s brain or nervous system disorders.

A pediatric neurologist has been specially trained to understand a child’s developing nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, muscles, and nerves, and to treat diseases that affect the nervous system.

Clinical advances and new research have brought pediatric neurology into a new era. At University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital we work with patients and their families to educate them about their disorder and provide them with ongoing care and support.

Our services include evaluation and treatment of a range of disorders, including:

  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Developmental delays
  • Sleep disorders
  • Muscle and nerve diseases leading to weakness
  • Genetic disorders of the brain and nervous system

Iowa Comprehensive Epilepsy Program (ICEP) offers specialized care for infants and children who have epilepsy, and related conditions. The Pediatric Outpatient Clinic focuses on the comprehensive diagnosis, education, and management of seizures, spells, and epilepsy.

In February 2015, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital was named a Certified Duchenne Care Center by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), a nonprofit organization leading the fight to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne) and demanding optimal care for all people with Duchenne. UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is the seventh center to be certified by PPMD, recognizing the Hospital’s dedication to improving care for people living with Duchenne.

Pediatric neuromuscular services are also available in several communities throughout Iowa.

Patient Stories

  • Parent Blog: Sara Etringer

    Mya Etringer photo

    We feel at home, even when we are hospitalized for weeks at a time. Read more about Mya's story.Read more

  • Konner Guyer

    Konner Guyer portrait

    Konner and his twin brother, Kolby, were born in Des Moines prematurely at 28 weeks gestation. Unfortunately, Kolby passed away when he was 6 days old. Konner was transferred to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital for advanced care.Read more

  • Maxwell Stancel-Hess

    Maxwell Stancel-Hess portrait

    Max’s team of pediatric specialists at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital began working for him before he was even born, when his parents learned he had spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal cord doesn’t develop properly.Read more

  • Hayden Despenas

    Hayden Despenas portrait

    Hayden was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), a rare form of muscular dystrophy, in 2012. He wants to help other children with muscular dystrophy by raising money for research. Hayden also serves as an honorary firefighter with the Mason City Fire Department.Read more

  • Reed Havlik

    Reed Havlik portrait

    Reed was a healthy toddler until he woke from a nap in November 2014 and was unable to bear weight on his right leg. He and his family were referred to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital after several tests at a hospital closer to home were inconclusive.Read more

Locations and Contact

  • Coralville, Iowa

    Pediatric Specialty Services (IRL East)

    UI Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa River Landing East
    920 East 2nd Avenue, Suite 201 B
    Coralville, IA 52241
    Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Contact
    • Phone: 319-467-2000
    • Toll free: 855-467-3700
  • Iowa City, Iowa

    Pediatric Specialty Clinic (Iowa City)

    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2
    UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242
    Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Contact
    • Appointment: 319-356-2229
    • Emergency: 319-356-1616
    • Toll Free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)
  • Bettendorf, Iowa

    Pediatric Specialty Services (Quad Cities)

    University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital - Pediatric Specialty Services (Quad Cities)
    865 Lincoln Road
    Suite 500
    Bettendorf, IA 52272
    Contact
    • Phone: 563-344-2240
    • Toll free: 877-386-9105
  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Mercy Medical Center (Dubuque)

    Mercy Medical Center
    250 Mercy Drive
    Dubuque, IA 52001
    Contact
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Johnston, Iowa

    ChildServe (Johnston/Des Moines)

    ChildServe (Des Moines/Johnston)
    5406 Merle Hay Road
    Johnston, IA 50131
    Contact
    • Phone: 877-891-5350
  • Mason City, Iowa

    Mercy Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic (Mason City)

    Mercy Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic
    910 North Eisenhower
    Mason City, IA 50401
    Contact
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Sioux City, Iowa

    Sunnybrook Medical Plaza: Cardiology (Sioux City)

    Sunnybrook Medical Plaza
    5885 Sunnybrook Dr.
    Suite E-100
    Sioux City, IA 51106
    Contact
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Waterloo, Iowa

    Peoples Community Health Clinic (Waterloo)

    Peoples Community Health Clinic
    905 East Franklin Street
    Waterloo, IA 50703
    Contact
    • Phone: 877-891-5350

Care Team

Other Team Members

Shelly Flynn, ARNP