Pediatric Neurology

The Division of Pediatric Neurology offers comprehensive care for children with a wide range of neurological diseases including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, headaches, head injury, autism, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, congenital malformations, and CNS tumors. We educate patients and their families about the disease and offer compassionate care.

The Division has a commitment to excellence in teaching and is highly supportive of both clinical and basic science research. Primary patient care is conducted at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Centerm, University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) and the Kings County Hospital Center (KCH). We are also affiliated with other academic institutions in Brooklyn and Staten Island such as the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities.

Residency Training

The Division of Pediatric Neurology offers a comprehensive ACGME accredited 3-year training program in child neurology with inpatient and outpatient exposure to various subspecialties. Training involves approximately 12 months in adult neurology (with six months of inpatient training), 12 months in pediatric neurology, and 12 months in subspecialties and electives. Multiple clinical and basic science conferences are an integral part of residency training.

For details, see Pediatric Neurology Residency Training Program 


  • Steven Pavlakis, M.D., Pediatric Neurology Division Director
  • Joan B. Cracco, M.D.
  • Geetha Chari, M.D., Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Training Program Director
  • Radha Giridharan, M.D.
  • Emily Kurlansik, Psy.D., BCBA NCSP
  • Alexandra Reznikov, M.D., Pediatric Neurology Residency Program Director
  • Suman Ghosh, M.D.

The Faculty hold primary appointments in the Dept. of Neurology and secondary appointments in the Dept. of Pediatrics.


  • Kim Kearns, Residency Coordinator
  • Roxanne Winter, Support Staff

Voluntary Faculty

  • Peter Piegari, Ph.D.
  • Steven Schwartzberg, M.D.
  • Arthur Rose, M.D.


In addition to two general pediatric neurology clinics, we also have subspecialty clinics including neurobehavior / learning disorders, neurosurgery / spina bifida, muscular dystrophy / neuromuscular disorders and epilepsy clinics.

For more information about the outpatient offices, visit our Outpatient Services page.