Brain Malformations

Often brain malformations happen before a baby is born. They occur when the nervous system is damaged or develops abnormally.

Programs + Services


Neurosurgery

Floating Hospital for Children's Pediatric Neurosurgery Division in Boston uses the latest neurosurgical methods to treat diseases of the nervous system in children.
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Baby Neurology Care Program

Learn about comprehensive care for neurological disorders in infants provided by pediatric neurologists at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.
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Neonatal and Congenital Brain and Spine Abnormalities

Floating Hospital for Children provides the best possible care for a variety of neonatal and congenital brain and spine abnormalities. Learn more about the surgeries we offer.
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Doctors + Care Team

Anthony Rodrigues, MD, PhD

Anthony Rodrigues, MD, PhD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Pediatric Neurologist
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5356
Fax #: 617-636-8375

General neurology with special interest in pain syndromes (headaches, migraines, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), etc.)

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Carl B. Heilman, MD

Carl B. Heilman, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Neurosurgeon-in-Chief; Chairman of Neurosurgery; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5860
Fax #: 617-636-7587

Meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, skull base surgery, pituitary surgery, Chiari surgery

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John N. Gaitanis, MD

John N. Gaitanis, MD

Title(s): Chief, Pediatric Neurology
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5356
Fax #: 617-636-8375

Pediatric brain malformations, epilepsy

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Ju Tang, MD, PhD

Ju Tang, MD, PhD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Program and Pediatric EEG Laboratory; Pediatric Neurologist; Epileptologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5356
Fax #: 617-636-8375

Epilepsy, pediatric neurology

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Research + Clinical Trials


A Salivary Transcriptomic Approach to Drug Discovery for Neonatal Seizures

Neonatal seizures have developmentally unique and heterogeneous disease mechanisms that differ from epilepsies seen in older populations. Anti-seizure drug discovery has had limited success over the decades to improve treatment of neonatal seizures. A knowledge gap exists in the molecular mechanisms responsible for neonatal seizures, limiting anti-seizure therapeutic targets unique to this population. Our study goal is to identify unique molecular networks and pathways responsible for neonatal seizures by salivary gene expression analyses, so that we may identify novel drug therapies to improve outcomes in this vulnerable population.
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