Department of Neurological Surgery students with an interest in pediatric neurosurgery benefit from observing and working with leaders in pediatric surgery at one of the best children’s hospitals in the world, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.
Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital was the first pediatric hospital in Cleveland and is widely recognized as one of the finest children's hospitals in the country as evidenced by its perennial presence on the U.S. News & World Report rankings list. Its 244-bed patient tower employs a unique emphasis on family-centered care and features a new state-of-the-art new operating suite.
Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital also features a Level I pediatric trauma center (the only one in northern Ohio), a 20-bed pediatric intensive care unit and the largest neonatal intensive care unit in the region.
Dr. Krystal Tomei, M.D., joined faculty in 2014 and leads the division of Pediatric Neurological Surgery performing several hundred operations annually, and is an integral part of the residency training program. Residents are exposed to a broad range of pediatric neurosurgical problems, including hydrocephalus, trauma, cranial and spinal tumors, vascular disorders, epilepsy, spasticity, craniofacial malformations and developmental disorders. Residents are trained in state-of-the-art techniques, such as minimally invasive (endoscopic) neurosurgery, frameless navigation, and intraoperative MRI. The pediatric neurosurgery service has a close working relationship with multiple surgical specialties for the treatment of trauma, complex spinal disorders, and craniofacial and skull base abnormalities.