Pediatric Specialties

Experts in pediatric specialists work together for the best outcomes.

Brain Injury Program

  • The Pediatric Brain Injury Program's continuum of care provides for ongoing services for children admitted to Hennepin Healthcare's Level I Pediatric Trauma Center with a diagnosis of acquired brain injury, which includes traumatic brain injury, stroke, anoxic brain injury and abusive head trauma. Severity ranges from a minor injury, which may involve only a short overnight stay, to the severely injured who may require a lengthy stay in critical care for many weeks with intensive rehabilitation therapy services. Other patients are referred to the program as outpatients by a primary care provider or by family, either shortly after an injury or even years later.

Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery

  • The Craniofacial Clinic evaluates children who have symptoms of plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) or torticollis, cleft lip or palate, craniosynostosis and craniofacial hemangiomas. It also offers prenatal consultations.
  • The Hennepin Healthcare Craniofacial Clinic sees patients on the first and third Friday of each month. On-site assistive technology services are available at Hennepin Healthcare including scans, fittings and adjustoments for the Gillette CranioCap® Orthosis.
  • The care team consists of Dr. Robert Wood, Katie Bucka, APRN, CNP and Martha McGrory, APRN, CNP.

Cardiology

  • The Pediatric Cardiology Clinic at Hennepin is staffed by physicians and providers who specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of the heart and blood vessels in infants, children and young adults. Whether heart disorders are congenital (present at birth) or acquired.

Dermatology

  • Dermatology deals with conditions of the skin, hair and nails. Children and adolescents skin have very needs than those of adults. Whether it is eczema, psoriasis, birthmarks or warts, our dermatology staff have the examination skills, equipment and technique to deal with our younger populations.

Gastrointestinal

  • Pediatric gastroenterology involves diagnosing and treating diseases of the digestive system as well as the liver and biliary system. These are conditions of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, pancreas and liver.

Growth and Nutrition

  • The Children’s Growth and Nutrition Clinic provides comprehensive clinical care to children with concern for nutritional problems. The clinic’s patients include children with under- or over-nutrition, inappropriate feeding habits or oro-motor dysfuncion limiting oral intake, and children with feeding tubes. Utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach, the clinic staff integrates medical, developmental, Dietary and psychosocial aspects in the care of these patients. The team works closely with public health nurses, schools and other community resources in order to create appropriate individualized treatment plans.

Infectious Disease

  • The Infectious Disease Clinic includes consultation for diagnosis and treatment of any and all suspected infectious diseases in children and adolescents. We have particular expertise in pulmonary infections (tuberculosis) and antibiotic resistant infections.

Neurology

  • Pediatric neurology provides care for children with meningitis, encephalitis, epilepsy, brain tumors, central nervous system infections, and other neurologic conditions. Our pediatric neurologist also provides care for infants and children who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Psychology

  • The Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic provides individualized, collaborative and effective (supported by research) services designed to promote health and resilience in children and families. As a Level I Trauma Center and a Pediatric Level I Trauma Center, our providers are attuned to the biopsychosocial needs of children and their families. These providers also work alongside primary care and our other pediatric inpatient and outpatient units.

Pulmonary, Asthma and Lung Disease

  • This clinic provides diagnosis and specialty care for children with lung diseases, pediatric asthma care and helps strengthen the linkages between asthma treatment and care in the community.

Rehabilitation

  • Rehabilitation needs for children are very different than those for adults. Whether an illness, injury or developmental challenge has struck a child with a learning or physical disability, a specific rehabilitation plan can help reach their full potential. Pediatric occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists work one-on-one with babies, children and teens. A new colorful and bouncy rehabilitation room fashioned just for pediatrics allows a range of motion and choices and room for families to watch, learn and support.

Sleep

  • A good night’s sleep is important to everyone, but for a child’s growth and development it is essential. Sleep problems can have a big impact on an entire family. The Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center treats our pediatric patients with special care. The center includes comprehensive care and partners with other teams, such as pulmonary, ENT or neurology, to bring a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat behavioral conditions (insomnia, nightmares and night terrors, sleepwalking) or medical conditions (chronic lung disease, narcolepsy, rhythmic movement disorder, circadian rhythm disorder).

Surgery

  • Comprehensive elective and trauma pediatric surgical services  are provided through a partnership with the University of Minnesota Physicians. We see patients who have birth defects, chest deformities, hernias, intestinal, spleen or lung disorders, portal vein hypertension and tumors. Children are also seen for complex liver shuts and vascular anomalies. Being a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, trauma injuries that require surgery are seen frequently.

Travel Medicine

  • Pediatric travel medicine experts can help prevent potential illnesses when traveling overseas by recommending immunizations and other precautions to protect your health in all geographic regions.

Urology

  • Urology focuses on urinary tract problems in children of both sexes and in reproductive system issues in males, age 17 and younger. From diagnosis to treatment or surgery we see simple to complex conditions.

Don't see a pediatric specialty listed? We partner with the University of Minnesota and almost all of our providers are Assistant Professors at the University of Minnesota Medical School so both entities have the best in pediatric expertise.

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