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.
- Center for Chiari and Disorders of the Craniovertebral Junction (CVJ)
- Comprehensive Craniofacial Program
- Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Craniosynostosis Program
- Hydrocephalus Clinic
- Pediatric Epilepsy Program
- Pediatric Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery
- Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program
- Pediatric Spine Program
- Pediatric Vascular Center
- Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy Program
- Spina Bifida Clinic
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
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
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 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
"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
Iowa City, Iowa
Neurosurgery Clinic1800 John Pappajohn PavilionUI Stead Family Children's Hospital200 Hawkins DriveIowa City, IA 52242
- Phone: 319-356-2237 A physician referral is required.