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Pediatric Neurosurgery

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University of Iowa 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 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 Children’s Hospital. Learn more about our Second Opinion Program.


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Locations and Contact

Iowa City, Iowa

UI Children's Hospital Neurosurgery Clinic
200 Hawkins Drive, 1800 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

In House Directions: Elevator H, Level 1.

In House Directions: Elevator H, Level 1.


  • Appointment: 319-356-2237 A physician referral is required.

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