Pediatric Neurosurgery

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.

Pediatric Neurosurgeons

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Michael DiLuna, MD, FAANS

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Associate Residency Program Director

Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery

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Charles Duncan, MD, FAANS

Professor of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics and Surgery (Human Anatomy)

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Kristopher Kahle, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Pediatrics, and Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Director, Neonatal and Congenital Anomaly Neurosurgery

Special Programs

While our pediatric neurosurgeons have vast experience and expertise, practicing solely in a highly focused and specific area, we offer Special Programs with special attention.

Pediatric Brain and Spinal Tumors

Pediatric Brain and Spinal Injury

Congenital Disorders


Spina Bifida


Conditions We Treat

All Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors Craniofacial Anomaliaes
Hydrocephalus Chiari Malformation
Vein of Galen Malformation Deformational Plagiocephaly
Craniosynostosis Pseudotumor Cerebri


Many patients are directed to Yale by their neurosurgeons because their problem is unusual or extremely complicated. Patients may also refer themselves. Patients are seen quickly usually within two weeks of calling the department. All patients referred to Yale benefit from the multi-disciplinary team approach that is an essential feature of our practice. Our surgeons maintain a close working relationship with many area neurosurgeons and welcome referrals. Care is taken to ensure the referring physician is kept current on diagnostic findings and treatment recommendations.