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Dr. Stephen Nelson discusses Autism Spectrum disorders with students on the clerkship program.

The Department of Pediatrics’ Section of Pediatric Neurology plays an integral role in the education of medical students and residents, and provides comprehensive care to children with all types of neurological disorders. We provide expert clinical care for children with conditions ranging from migraines or headaches, muscle and nerve disorders, suspected/known seizures including epilepsy or other paroxysmal events, critical illness, developmental delay including Autism, ADHD and other learning disabilities, and sleep disorders among others.Read More

Available treatment options include ketogenic diet in conjunction with Pediatric Gastroenterology, Vagus Nerve Simulator (VNS)  or other types of brain surgery for epilepsy and Baclofen pumps for spasticity in conjunction with Pediatric Neurosurgery, and inpatient Video EEG monitoring for evaluation for epilepsy surgery or to clarify etiology for paroxysmal events.

In addition to our clinical services, our faculty and staff are actively involved in improving treatment options and outcomes for children by conducting clinical research that focuses on a wide variety of neurologic problems and disorders.

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Program Services

  • Epilepsy, including intractable seizure disorders
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Movement disorders such as tics or Tourette syndrome
  • Developmental delays and regression
  • Neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia gravis
  • Genetic disorders with associated neurological issues
  • Brain and spine malformations or tumors
  • Cerebral palsy or other abnormalities of increased muscle tone
  • Muscle disorders such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Sleep disorders such as insomnia and night terrors
  • Learning disabilities/disorders including ADHD, ADD
  • Speech and language disorders
  • Abnormal head size and shape
  • Altered mental status
  • Concussion and head trauma
  • Pseudotumor, hydrocephalus and other disorders of elevated intracranial pressure
  • Weakness, numbness, behavior changes, or other symptoms concerning for a neurological disorder

Genetics of epilepsy and developmental delay/Autism

Treatment of intractable epilepsy

Our Team

Stephen Nelson, MD, PhD - Section Chief
Brittani Wild, FNP

Contact Information

Patient Services:
Children's Hospital Specialty Center - Lakeside 401
4720 South I-10 Service Rd W
Suite 401
Metairie, LA 70001
Phone: 504-988-6253
Fax: 504-988-6751

Department Main:
Tulane University School of Medicine
Pediatrics Department
1430 Tulane Avenue, Mail Code 8637
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: 504-988-6692
Fax: 504-988-1771

Section Main:
Tulane University School of Medicine
Pediatric Neurology
131 S. Robertson St.
Box 8027
Phone: 504-988-5413
Fax: (504) 988-6013
Contact: Anna Jones