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Neurocritical Care Program

Our nationally recognized physicians are dedicated to your child’s unique needs, and they collaborate with physicians in other specialty areas to provide the best care. In addition to our Neurocritical Care Program, children may receive care in the following departments:

Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s

The mission of the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s is to heal children with complex and severe neurological, mental and behavioral illnesses. We treat conditions such as anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, mood and conduct disorders, epilepsy and many more.

Our care includes specialized programs such as:

  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Epilepsy
  • Movement Disorders
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Neurotrauma
  • Neurosurgery
  • Rehabilitation

The Barrow at Phoenix Children’s also offers support services such as playrooms, nutritional counseling, continuing education and a library. And we conduct research in areas such as  neurotrauma, headache, sleep disorders, epilepsy and more.

Epilepsy Program

As part of the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s, our Epilepsy Program is recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 4 epilepsy center. This level ensures that your child will receive the highest-quality medical and surgical evaluation and treatment. Our program includes our Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, with individual patient rooms outfitted with video equipment. These cameras capture seizure activity at the same time the child’s brainwaves are recorded, which leads to a more accurate diagnosis.

With our Epilepsy Program, your child and your family will also get the support you need to cope with this condition. This includes education about epilepsy and the medications it may require. Children who haven’t responded to two or more medications should receive care at a Pediatric Epilepsy Center such as ours.

Our team works together with each patient to address their unique needs, and our research into epilepsy leads to breakthroughs that transform the lives of patients, even those with intractable epilepsy. We’re also the only program in the U.S. for evaluating and treating children with hypothalamic hamartomas.


Our Neurology Program provides services in one central location, at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s. We are the largest pediatric neurology program in the Southwest, and we offer family-centered care that is personalized for each child.

We treat multiple neurologic conditions, including but not limited to:

Our care is delivered by specialists in specific conditions who are at the top of their field. These experts collaborate to provide the highest level of care for a full range of neurological conditions.

Neurosurgery Program

Our Neurosurgery Program team includes specialists who are highly skilled at caring for children with disorders ranging from common to complex. They often collaborate with surgeons and physicians from other departments at Phoenix Children’s to ensure that each patient gets the treatments they need.

We are part of the nationally recognized Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s. Our team treats conditions such as:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spine injuries
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Epilepsy
  • Brain and spine tumors
  • Chiari malformation
  • Craniofacial disorders
  • Spina bifida
  • Congenital brain and spine abnormalities

We also offer world-class treatments such as deep brain stimulation (DBS), which has revolutionized care for children with movement disorders.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

 The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) & Critical Care page] at Phoenix Children’s is for children who need critical care after a major surgery, such as a heart operation, organ transplant or neurosurgery. Our physicians, called intensivists, have special training and certification in pediatric critical care medicine. They collaborate with physicians in other specialty areas to coordinate care for your child. 

Children in our PICU are also cared for by critical care nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, Child Life specialists and others who are dedicated to providing the best possible care. Each member of the PICU team understands how stressful it can be to have a child who needs critical care. Our family-centered approach ensures that family members are part of the care team, and that they understand the procedures and treatments used to help the child get better.

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