Clinical Specialties : Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Pediatric Neurological Surgery

The University of Miami’s pediatric neurosurgeons are affiliated with faculty located at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and treat the most complex neurosurgical cases. They are dedicated to the academic mission of the department including education and research, and also the training of our pediatric neurosurgery residents and fellows. Our faculty are available to treat patients at both Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Holtz Children’s Hospital.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is the largest pediatric neurosurgical service in the State of Florida and is ranked 16th in the nation by US News & World Report for its neurology and neurological surgery service. Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is recognized among the best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Holtz Children’s is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the southeast United States.

The accomplishments of the Division of Neurosurgery are the result of the renowned doctors and treatment teams who guide its activities.
Doctors John Ragheb, Sanjiv Bhatia and Toba Niazi are all certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

Pediatric Specialties
Advanced operative techniques are performed, including microsurgery, for the treatment of infants and children with:

  • Brain Tumors
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Vascular Disorders
  • Head and Spine Injuries
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Other Congenital Malformations

Through the expertise of pediatricians, pediatric neurosurgeons, pediatric nurses and other highly skilled individuals, the pediatric neurosurgical patient will receive the best care and treatment available.
The Division of Pediatric Neurological Surgery specializes in the treatment of hydrocephalus, a congenital defect in which accumulation of fluid in the cerebral ventricles causes enlargement of the skull and compression of the brain. Advances in endoscopic surgical technology (using thin tubes with a fiberoptic camera system to look into body cavities) have allowed surgeons to treat some forms of hydrocephalus without placing a ventricular shunt.

This new endovascular procedure, called a third ventriculostomy, involves opening a hole in the floor of the third ventricle allowing trapped cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to be escaped and reabsorbed, therefore bypassing a blockage in the normal CSF pathways.
Neurosurgeons can work within the ventricular system using small endoscopes that are about the diameter of spaghetti, or two to three millimeters in diameter. This allows a third ventriculostomy to be performed safely through a small opening in the skull. The procedure is best performed in children older than one year with aqueduct stenosis or in older children with acquired forms of obstructive hydrocephalus.

Additionally, the pediatric neurological surgery team also deals with pediatric trauma. This team of medical experts is highly skilled in this area and includes full-time physicians trained in pediatric trauma as well as specially trained pediatric nurses.

Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Holtz Children’s Hospital Contact:

Holtz Children’s Hospital
North Wing
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Phone: 305 585-3627

Helpful Links:

Holtz Children’s Hospital

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Contact:

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Division of Pediatric Neurological Surgery
3100 S.W. 62nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33155

Phone: 305-662-8386

Helpful Links:

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation US