Child Neurology

Division Chief

Founded in the early 20th century by renowned neurologist Dr. Bernard Sachs (Tay-Sachs disease), the Division of Child Neurology at The Neurological Institute of New York/Columbia University Irving Medical Center was the first service in the nation focused solely on the distinct neurological needs of children and their developing nervous systems. This newborn discipline was later formalized at Columbia, under the directorship of Dr. Sidney Carter, whose efforts led to the establishment of formal training guidelines and subspecialty certification for neurologists with special competence in child neurology.

Current and long-time faculty member Dr. Darryl C. De Vivo succeeded Dr. Carter as chief of the Division of Child Neurology and the first Sidney Carter Professor, and is widely-recognized as one of the most eminent pediatric neurologists in the world. Dr. De Vivo introduced a new era of laboratory-based investigation and related clinical research to the field of Child Neurology.

Another current and long-time faculty member, Dr. Arnold P. Gold, further imbued the discipline of child neurology, and the practice of pediatric medicine as a whole, with the ideals of humanistic medicine. Dr. Gold and his wife, educator Dr. Sandra Gold, formed the internationally-renowned Arnold P. Gold Foundation, and are credited with the establishment of the auspicious White Coat Ceremony, now practiced at medical schools across the nation.

Patient Care

ColumbiaDoctors Child Neurology is comprised of pediatric specialists with expertise in the full range of neurologic disorders. We maintain the highest standard of neurologic practice for pediatric patients and their families by combining the latest research and technological advances with individualized, compassionate care.

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Our Division of Child Neurology faculty members remain dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pediatric neurological diseases and disorders.

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The Child Neurology Residency Program at Columbia University Irving Medical Center offers a tremendous training environment for its residents and fellows in one of the largest, most diverse cities in the world.

Child Neurology Residency Program