The Brain & Spine Center at Primary Children's Hospital is home to a multidisciplinary team of specialists, nurses, technologists, therapists and caregivers who provide world-class care, delivered with compassion and empathy for the children we treat and the families we serve.
Dr. Burr in an Associate Professor in the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics. His focus is in pre-operative planning and fMRI and he also collaborated in development of a Sports Concussion Program, with emphasis on concussion management and safe return-to-play.
Russell Butterfield, MD, PhD is board certified in Neurology with special qualification in child neurology and is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Utah. Dr. Butterfield’s clinical interests include all types of neurogenetic and neuromuscular disorders with an emphasis on muscular dystrophies of childhood onset.
Dr. Candee is board certified in neurology with special qualification in pediatric neurology, and is board eligible in pediatrics. She is an Assistant Professor in the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Neurology, with clinics located at both the Primary Children's Hospital main and Riverton campuses. She is the director of the University of Utah Pediatric Neurology Residency Program.
Deirdre Caplin, MS, PhD, is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, clinical pediatric hypnosis, biofeedback and relaxation, and behavioral approaches, with a specific focus on the functional aspects of pain management, anxiety, and illness management, as well as somatoform and conversion disorders. Her clinical practice is focused on the evaluation and treatment of medically ill children and adolescents.
Dr. Francis Filloux is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children’s Medical Center. He is a general child neurologist who sees children with all forms of neurological disease, having special interest in tic disorders, Tourette's, and neurobehavioral problems.
Dr. Fulton is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Fulton is currently affiliated with the Pediatric Behavioral Health Clinic at Primary Children’s Hospital and is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. His clinical services primarily consist of neuropsychological evaluations of children and adolescents, as well as consultation with their families and medical providers.
Nicholas Johnson, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Pathology at the University of Utah with a focus in inherited neuromuscular disorders. He has clinical expertise in muscle disorders and inherited neuropathies. He also has expertise in performing electrodiagnostic testing, performing and interpreting muscle biopsies.
Dr. Kerr is is part of the pediatric neurology Headache Clinic and her research and clinical interests include quality improvement and headache evaluation and treatment. She is particularly interested in working with children with chronic conditions and their families.
Nancy Murphy, MD, FAAP, FAAPMR is a Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Throughout her career as a pediatric physiatrist, Dr. Murphy has focused her clinical and academic work on the care of children with disabilities, in the context of their families and communities.
Dr. Ostrander is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Utah and is in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at Primary Children’s Hospital. As the director of the Fetal and Neonatal Neurology Program, Dr. Ostrander focuses on the neurological care of infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with seizures, strokes, brain malformations, hydrocephalus and other neurological issues. She is also Medical Director of the Spina Bifida Clinic at Primary Children's Hospital which is the regional multidisciplinary clinic for infants, children and adolescents with neural tube defects.
Dr. Smith is a Professor in the University of Utah Department of Orthopedics and currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Primary Children’s Hospital. His current practice is focused on the treatment of spine deformities in children and adolescents.
Dr. Sweney is a pediatric neurologist and epileptologist who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant pediatric epilepsy. He is Medical Director of the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Primary Children’s Hospital and is board certified in general pediatrics, neurology, epilepsy, and clinical neurophysiology.
Dr. Colin Van Orman has a background in neuro-oncology and an expertise in pediatric epilepsy and EEG. He is heavily involved in the evaluation of patients for epilepsy surgery.
Dr. Zielinski’s clinical focus on acute care fills a 'neurohospitalist' role, and his specific clinical interests include pediatric neurocritical care, stroke, and neurovascular disease. He is also developing a functional MRI clinical service at Primary Children's Hospital in collaboration with the University of Utah Department of Radiology. Dr. Zielinski's research interests include both basic as well as clinical/translational science.
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