Department of Neurosurgery

The Department of Neurosurgery at Boston Children's Hospital

Diseases and disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system often involve serious symptoms and call for complex surgical treatments.

Here at the Boston Children's Hospital Department of Neurosurgery, our neurosurgical specialists provide advanced clinical care with a focus on using minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.

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If your child has been diagnosed with a condition requiring neurosurgery, our team of experienced and caring doctors, nurses and staff is ready to help.

Boston Children's Hospital was among the first hospitals in the world to focus on pediatric neurosurgery as an individual specialty.

Our neurosurgery team includes surgeons, physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, imaging professionals, psychologists and social workers who work together to deliver integrated, personalized care for every child.

Our Expertise

  • Boston Children’s is one of the only pediatric hospitals in the world to dedicate full clinical programs to rare, life-threatening conditions like Moyamoya disease.
  • Our doctors are involved in scientific research that offers new hope for children with brain, spine and nervous system disorders.
  • Boston Children’s has developed and refined some of the most influential advances in pediatric neurosurgery, including:
  • The introduction of a non-invasive device that measures subtle changes in children’s head size, enabling earlier diagnosis of craniosynostosis and plagiocephaly.
  • Boston Children’s was the first pediatric hospital in the country to introduce Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in a neurosurgical operating room (OR). Our intraoperative MR allows doctors to view detailed, “real-time” images of the brain and spine while performing surgery.

The History of the Department of Neurosurgery at Boston Children's Hospital

In 1929, Boston Children's Hospital physicians Harvey Cushing, MD, and Franc Ingraham, MD, established the Department of Neurosurgery at the hospital—marking the introduction of pediatric neurosurgery as a formally recognized field.

By their personal example, Cushing and Ingraham encouraged an institutional culture of rigorous observation, meticulous surgical technique and persistent innovation, combined with a continuing emphasis on teaching and publication. That culture thrives in our Department of Neurosurgery to this day.

Today, Boston Children's continues to attract the most accomplished neurosurgeons and promising neurosurgical residents to pursue their research and practice in this challenging environment.



R. Michael Scott, MD




Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Interim Chief, Neurosurgery

Director, Brain Injury Program

Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School