US News Best Children's Hospital Badge Neurology

The neurology team at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital offers a full continuum of care for children in one central location. We use a collaborative and personalized approach when caring for children with neurological and behavioral disorders.

We are the largest pediatric neuroscience center in the Southwest, offering a full continuum of care for children in one central location.

Our family-centered approach gives our team the focus needed to provide purposeful, compassionate and personalized care to every single one of our patients. Each child gets their very own team of physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, and more — a team that provides care during treatment and throughout the healing process.

Our team is made up of top-of-their-field specialists, each with a specific area of expertise within the neurology field. Encouraging each provider to specialize in particular diseases has allowed us to keep up with the latest advancements in the treatment of neurological disorders.

As a result, we can provide the kind of care and programs our patients need and deserve, giving them healing and their families peace of mind.

Frequently Asked Questions

Neurotrauma is defined as an injury to the human skull and brain, as well as connective spinal cord tissues and nerves.

Neurotrauma can be caused by a direct impact or by sudden acceleration alone (such as an explosion or violent shaking). In addition to the immediate damage caused at the moment of injury, brain trauma causes secondary injury, as the body and brain react to the effects of the initial injury.

Neurotrauma can cause a host of physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral effects. The outcome can range from complete recovery to permanent disability or death. Phoenix Children’s Hospital's multidisciplinary approach can tackle these issues, calling upon the training and experience of many specialists to provide treatment and rehabilitation to the patient.

Phoenix Children's Hospital can accept injured children 14 years and younger from Emergency Medical Services and referral facilities.

For diagnosis of neurological issues, the hospital has state-of-the-art medical equipment, including MRI and CT scans, that is specially made for diagnosing and monitoring our young patients. The interventional radiologists, neuroradiologists, and nuclear medicine physicians are all trained to diagnose and handle pediatric patients. In addition, the hospital's team of neuropsychologists will evaluate a neurotrauma patient, to test how a child is functioning in comparison to expectations for that child's age level.

Trauma centers are specially equipped and organized hospitals for seriously injured patients. Level I Trauma center care guarantees the immediate availability of specialized personnel, equipment, and capabilities 24 hours a day. See more about our Hospital's Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Trauma Center has been verified as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Verification Review Committee. The accomplishment makes the Hospital’s program Arizona’s first and only ACS-verified Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, and the 18th center nationally to earn this distinction.

Neurology Physicians & Providers

Jalonna R. Ohr, PA
4.6 / 5
Poonam  Bhatia, MD
4.6 / 5
Reena G. Rastogi, MD
Director, Concussion Program; Clinical Director, Pediatric Headache Program at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's; Director, Headache Fellowship Program
4.8 / 5
Randa G. Jarrar, MD
4.7 / 5