Faculty Areas of Clinical Interest

Inpatient, Outpatient

The Division of Pediatric Neurology has an active outpatient clinic adjacent to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, and sees approximately 8,000 patient visits per year. Some faculty members also see patients at a satellite clinic in Escondido, California.

Inpatient admissions and consultations to the pediatric neurology service number approximately 1,400 per year. In addition to inpatient coverage at RCHSD, the division provides neurologic consultation services to the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at the UCSD Medical Center, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital, and Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego.

Jonathan Bui, MD, PhD

Dr. Bui has broad clinical interests with a focus on neuroimaging, as well as vascular and behavioral neurology.

John R. Crawford, MD

Dr. Crawford is Director of the Pediatric Neuro-oncology program and is a pediatric neuro-oncologist who specializes in diagnosis and management of children with brain tumors. These include children with neuro-cutaneous syndromes such as neurofibromatosis and tuberous sclerosis. He also has interests in immunological disorders affecting the brain, such as demyelinating diseases. Dr. Crawford is also the Director of the Pediatric Neurology Training Program.

Jennifer Friedman, MD

Dr. Friedman is a specialist in movement disorders in children and adults. Her clinical interests include movement disorders (including but not limited to dystonia and Tourette syndrome), neurogenetics and neurometabolic disorders.

Joseph Gleeson, MD

Dr. Gleeson’s clinical interests in neurogenetic disorders reflect his research interests.

Carla Grosmann, MD

Dr. Grosmann specializes in neuromuscular disorders and electromyography and coordinates a monthly neuromuscular pathology conference at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego for clinicopathological correlation of neuromuscular pathology. She also has an active clinical practice in adolescent neurology.

Richard Haas, MD

Dr. Haas’ clinical interests include neurometabolic disease, general child neurology, neuromuscular disease and neonatal neurology. He directs the UCSD Mitochondrial disease laboratory where the research focus is on improving diagnostic testing for mitochondrial disease, the role of mitochondrial DNA in disease and the mitochondrial role in neurodegenerative disease.

William Lewis, MD

Dr. Lewis is the Co-Director of the Division of Child Neurology (Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego). He is an active clinician with broad clinical interests, and specific interests in pediatric headache syndromes.

David Lieberman, MD, PhD

Dr. Lieberman sees children with general neurological problems, including pediatric epilepsy, headache, and neuroimmune disorders.

Andrew Mower, MD

Dr. Mower is a pediatric epileptologist who specializes in children with seizure disorders. 

Mark Nespeca, MD

Dr. Nespeca is the program consultant/medical director of the Clinical EEG laboratory at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. He is an active clinician with specific expertise in childhood epilepsy.

Michelle Sahagian, MD

Dr. Sahagian provides consultation and follow-up care for a wide variety of neurological disorders. She also co-directs the Muscular Dystrophy clinic at RCHSD.

Doris Trauner, MD

Dr. Trauner is the Co-Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurology (UCSD School of Medicine). She is also the Director of the Pediatric Neurology Training Program. Her clinical interests encompass neurodevelopmental disorders, including autistic spectrum disorders, language and neurobehavioral disorders, and epileptic behavior syndromes.

In its 2012-13 edition of "Best Children's Hospitals," U.S. News & World Report ranks our Neurology program as one of the nation's best.

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