Pediatric Neurosurgery

Best Children's Hospitals Neurology and Neurosurgery 2016-17

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is home to one of the most experienced and comprehensive pediatric neurosurgery programs in the nation and the only nationally ranked program in Iowa. Our pediatric neurosurgeons are recognized as leaders in the field and experts at treating children with conditions affecting the brain, and spinal cord, including the most complex pediatric neurosurgical cases.

Neurological problems in children who need surgery can be very different from those in adults. That’s why it’s important to rely on the expertise of pediatric neurosurgeons who are specially trained to treat infants, children, and adolescents. Also, many pediatric neurological conditions require lifelong follow-up care, so we work closely with young patients and their families to ensure their comfort and earn their trust. That’s why physicians refer patients to us from throughout the state, across the nation, and around the world.

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is internationally recognized for both clinical expertise and research in pediatric neurosurgery. We have developed and refined the use of minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of many pediatric neurosurgical conditions.

Second Opinion Program

If you have been told that your child needs neurosurgery, it is important to consider every alternative. That's why we offer a second opinion program, which gives you access to the world-class pediatric neurosurgeons at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Learn more about our Second Opinion Program.


Patient Stories

  • Springville Girl Experiences 'Amazing Recovery' After Spinal Injury

    Laurel Schaul photo Laurel had developed a spinal epidural hematoma – a buildup of blood in her upper spine that was compressing the spinal cord – after being injured while playing with friends.Read more
  • Parent Blog: Pam Stallings

    Pam Stallings photo Without Dr. Menezes and the entire care team, our daughter would not be here today. Read more about Samantha's experience with Chiari malformation.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
  • Seth Nelson

    Seth Nelson portrait Seth was diagnosed with Chiari malformation—a structural defect in the part of the brain that controls balance. Once the diagnosis was made, the family met with the pediatric neurosurgery team.Read more
  • Parent Blog: Amanda Seeley

    Brode Seeley Infant "No matter what the future holds, we know he will continue to receive the best care at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital." Read more from Amanda about her son, Brody.Read more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    1800 John Pappajohn Pavilion
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: Elevator H, Level 1
    • Phone: 319-356-2237 A physician referral is required.

Care Team