Programs & Services

Neurotrauma Program


The goal of the Neurotrauma Program is to provide optimal care to kids and their families from the time of injury, through discharge and rehabilitation. Sub-specialists in pediatric surgical and medical disciplines are on-hand to provide the most comprehensive care for kids in Arizona.

The neurotrauma team at Phoenix Children's Hospital cares for children who have suffered a traumatic brain or spine injury. The Neurotrauma Program combines the talents from two of our Centers of Excellence - Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital and the Pediatric Trauma Center, which is the only verified Level 1 (highest level) Pediatric Trauma Center in Arizona.


Led by P. David Adelson, MD, Director of Barrow at Phoenix Children's, a research team is evaluating the uses of moderate hypothermia (32-33º C) as a potential treatment following severe traumatic brain injury in children.

Neurotrauma Injuries

Phoenix Children’s Hospital treats over 250 brain and spine injuries a year. The most common types of injuries include:

  • Concussion: The most frequent kind of traumatic brain injury. A concussion means a temporary loss of brain function and can cause a variety of physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms.
  • Skull Fracture: A break in the skull bone.
  • Spinal Cord injury: Any injury to the bundle of nerves that carries messages between the brain and the rest of the body.
  • Intraventricular hemorrhage: More frequently seen in our Neuro-NICU, this spontaneous bleeding occurs inside or around the ventricles -- the spaces within the brain containing the cerebral spinal fluid.
  • Cerebral hemorrhage: Bleeding within the brain tissue.
  • Subdural hematoma: The buildup of blood in the outermost meningeal layer, between the dura mater (the tough outer membrane of the central nervous system), which adheres to the skull, and the arachnoid mater (the middle membrane of the central nervous system) enveloping the brain.
  • Epidural hematoma: The buildup of blood between the dura mater (the tough outer membrane of the central nervous system) and the skull.
  • Diffuse axonal injury: When brain damage occurs over a more widespread area than the immediate location of the brain injury.

Learn more about the Neurotrauma program and our services

Contact Us

1919 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
​(602) 933-0975

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