Board certified or board eligible pediatric neurosurgeons are a rarity. CU Neurosurgery is fortunate to have four pediatric neurosurgeons providing services at The Children’s Hospital. The combined experience of CU Neurosurgery's faculty cannot be surpassed in the Western United States.
Dr. Michael Handler, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at The Children’s Hospital, is leading the growth and the development of this division, establishing the services as the premier care in the Rocky Mountains. Dr. Handler along with his pediatric oncological colleague, Dr. Nicholas Foreman, has created the only comprehensive pediatric tumor program in the region. Both physicians are part of the only nationally designated comprehensive cancer institute in the area.
Dr. Corbett Wilkinson has a keen interest in pediatric neurosurgical trauma and is the director of this program. The Children’s Hospital is the only Pediatric Level I Trauma Center in a 6 state area. Under the direction of Dr. Wilkinson, CU Neurosurgery provides all of the neurosurgical trauma care spanning the spine of The Rocky Mountains.
Dr. Todd Hankinson and Brent O'Neill are CU Neurosurgery's newest faculty.
Dr. Hankinson’s clinical interests include the surgical management of central nervous system tumors and cervical spine disorders in children. He collaborates with colleagues in Radiation Oncology to perform radiosurgical treatment of central nervous system tumors using the frameless Novalis BrainLab system. His clinical practice includes the entire spectrum of pediatric neurosurgical disease.
Dr. Brent O'Neill's clinical interests are in epilepsy and pediatric brain tumors. He works closely with the Children's multi-disciplinary Epilepsy team to provide optimal treatment for patients with intractable seizures.
The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery provides expertise in the following areas providing options and answers for children, parents or providers:
- Craniofacial Program
- General Neurosurgery
- Hydrocephalus surgery
- Level I Regional Pediatric Trauma Center
- Neuro-oncology Program (Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors)
- Spina Bifida
- Surgical Epilepsy Program