Neurologists at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center are highly trained experts who have changed the way the specialty is practiced worldwide. This group of specialists has been building an exemplary reputation for decades, which is why today’s team is regarded as being a leader in the field.
One procedure, in particular, which has garnered attention for our neurologists and their surgical counterparts in the Department of Neurosurgery, is the hemispherectomy. It’s a drastic surgery involving the removal of as much as half the brain to alleviate severe seizures. Hopkins surgeon Walter Dandy pioneered the procedure in humans in 1923. Even today, although Hopkins Children’s neurosurgeons and neurologists plan and perform at least one hemispherectomy a month, the overwhelming success of our patients continues to fascinate experts in the field as well as the public. Our neurologists consider this to be a drastic measure only for patients who resist all other therapies and medications.
Some Hopkins Children’s neurologists are devoting their careers to more manageable therapies to alleviate debilitating seizures in children. We have made great strides in the field with our research on the ketogenic diet. The high fat, low carbohydrate ketogenic diet has been managed through the Pediatric Epilepsy team at Johns Hopkins since its beginnings in the 1920s. We are the premiere center in the world for clinical and research expertise regarding the ketogenic diet, having enrolled over 700 children over the past few decades on the ketogenic diet and 100 on the modified Atkins diet.
We work with patients and their families to educate them about their neurological disorder and provide them with ongoing care and support.