Children can’t always tell you where it hurts. They can’t always answer medical questions. They can’t always sit patiently while being examined. That’s why you take your child to a doctor who is trained to care for children
The same principles apply when treating children who have brain, spine, or nervous system problems. Pediatric neurosurgeons are specially trained to examine, diagnose, and treat children in a way they respond to, and have equipment and facilities specially designed with kids in mind. The goal is to create a comfortable and non-threatening environment for your child.
As you can imagine, caring for the special surgical needs of children with problems involving the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves takes a lot of training. So much training, in fact, that there are less than 200 board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons currently practicing in the United States.
After graduating from medical school, pediatric neurosurgeons must then complete a six or seven-year training program (residency) in Neurosurgery, and then complete an additional one-year fellowship program in Pediatric Neurosurgery. There are less than 200 board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons currently practicing in the United States.
If your pediatrician suggests your child see Dr. Tobias or Dr. Mohan, you can rest assured you will have access to the widest range of treatment options, the most extensive and complete training, and the greatest expertise in dealing with children and in treating neurosurgical problems.