From prenatal consultations with parents to follow-up appointments with young adult patients, the professionals who staff Yale’s pediatric neurosurgery service offer the most advanced medical care available delivered with compassionate understanding and support. Common problems treated include hydrocephalus, brain and spinal cord tumors, spina bifida, craniofacial disorders and brain or spine trauma.
Yale has had a dedicated pediatric neurosurgery program for more than 25 years. Its physicians provide comprehensive services to infants, toddlers, school-age children, adolescents and young adults. Its reputation for surgical excellence combined with its understanding of the special needs of children and families who live with neurological diseases rank among the finest in the country.
A Medical Team that Offers Patients all the Advantages
The Yale Medical School has an international reputation for academic excellence and innovative research. This atmosphere enhances the pediatric neurosurgical program’s clinical mission and translates into continual improvements in the treatment of disease and care of patients.
Excellence in pediatric neurosurgery at Yale is possible because of experienced, refined surgical skills and the critical resources of a major children's hospital with dedicated pediatric critical care, specialized age appropriate nursing units, a wide array of pediatric consultants, operating facilities designed for children, and the commitment and experience on the part of the surgeons and their colleagues to provide the most effective and efficient care possible for all pediatric neurosurgery patients.
Dr. Charles C. Duncan is a professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics at Yale University and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He joined the Yale faculty in 1977 after medical school and a neurosurgical residency at Duke. Dr. Duncan was the first research scholar in neurosurgery at Duke. He became board certified in neurosurgery in 1979 and in the same year was named chief of pediatric neurosurgery.
Dr. Duncan is attending physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and a consultant in neurosurgery at the West Haven Medical Center. He is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in pediatric neurosurgery.
Dr. Duncan's research activities have included the development of cerebral blood flow measurement systems for immature brain by positron emission tomography, the prevention of intraventricular and germinal matrix hemorrhage in the premature infant by basic and multicenter clinical trials, basic investigations into the adaptive mechanisms of developing brain to injury, and the development of endoscopic surgery in the very young.
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