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Pediatric Multi-Disciplinary Teams


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Pediatric Neurosurgery Board certified or board eligible pediatric neurosurgeons are a rarity.  CU Neurosurgery is fortunate to have three pediatric neurosurgeons providing services at The Children’s Hospital of Denver. The combined experience of Drs. Michael Handler, Ken Winston, and C. Corbett Wilkinson cannot be surpassed in the Western United States. Soon to join this group will be Drs. Todd Hankinson and Brent O'Neill. 

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. Ken Winston, the senior member of the team, lends his expertise in a variety of different areas. Dr. Winston, and Dr. Larry Ketch, his partner in craniofacial procedures, have defined and refined the standard of care for craniofacial reconstruction. Additionally, Dr. Winston also has set the standard in the area of epilepsy surgery. Dr. Corbett Wilkinson is the newest member of the team, having completed his fellowship with CU Neurosurgery and being promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Dr. Wilkinson has a keen interest in pediatric neurosurgical trauma and is the director of this program. The Children’s Hospital of Denver 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.

The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery provides expertise in the following areas providing options and answers for children, parents or providers:

  • The Surgical Epilepsy Program
  • The Neuro-oncology Program ( Brain Tumors)
  • The Craniofacial Program
  • Level I Regional Pediatric Trauma Center
  • General Neurosurgery
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus surgery, repair, revision
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord tumors