Neurology

The pediatric neurology program at All Children’s Hospital provides care for infants, children and teens with a full range of neurologic problems. We work closely with the board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons at All Children’s Hospital to provide multi-disciplinary care for children who have undergone or may require neurosurgery.

Our pediatric neurologists provide extensive diagnostic and treatment services for children with seizure disorders. These include inpatient telemetry, vagal nerve stimulation, ketogenic diet, and ongoing management of anti-seizure medication.

What We Treat

  • Stroke
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth
  • Epilepsy Care
    • Including both surgical and nonsurgical options
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Movement Disorders
  • Headache
  • Spasticity
  • New Onset Seizures
  • Neuromuscular

The pediatric neurology program also draws upon the valuable expertise of All Children’s pediatric radiology and diagnostic imaging services, including MRI and neuroradiology.

As members of the All Children's Neuroscience Institute, the pediatric neurologists work closely with the pediatric neurosurgeons at ACH and draw upon the expertise of specialists in neuroimaging, neuro-oncology and neuropathology as needed.

Appointments for Neurology Patients

  • Before we schedule your child’s appointment, we will ask you to help us obtain your previous evaluations. We need not only the written records, but the actual MRIs of the brain and the EEG studies (usually on disks).
  • Our evaluation includes an initial appointment where the neurologists will examine the child and go over your child's history. They will then personally review the MRI of the brain and EEGs provided and decide if further evaluation is necessary.
  • Generally further evaluations can be performed at All Children’s Hospital.
  • Depended on the reason for your child’s visit, if your child has not had an EEG prior, we may coordinate your first appointment to have an EEG performed before your visit with the neurologist.

Pediatric Epileptology

Pediatric epileptologists limit their practice to caring for children with epilepsy, particularly patients whose seizures are not well controlled by standard epilepsy medications. Our program specializes in the comprehensive evaluation of patients who have difficult-to-treat epilepsy. In most children medication can effectively control seizures, but there are some children and teens with epilepsy who have unacceptable side effects from medication or whose seizures are resistant to medication (intractable seizures).

Our Pediatric Epilepsy program has a full spectrum of epilepsy services, including:

  • An inpatient Seizure Monitoring Unit with video EEG
  • Evaluation and management of antiepileptic medications
  • MRI & functional MRI
  • PET & SPECT scans, WADA testing
  • Ketogenic diet and nutritional counseling
  • Genetic and metabolic testing 
  • Vagal nerve stimulation
  • Epilepsy surgery performed by our experienced pediatric neurosurgeons

Appointments for Pediatric Epilepsy Patients

  • Before we schedule your child’s appointment, we will ask you to help us obtain your previous evaluations. We need not only the written records, but the actual MRIs of the brain and the EEG studies (usually on disks).
  • Our evaluation includes an initial appointment where Dr. Winesett will examine the child and go over your child's history. He will then personally review the MRI of the brain and EEGs provided and decide if further evaluation is necessary. Further evaluation may include studies such as video EEG monitoring in our neuromonitoring unit, repeating the MRI of the brain utilizing specialized epilepsy protocols, PET or SPECT scans, genetic and metabolic testing.
  • Generally, further testing can be performed at All Children's Hospital.
  • If the evaluation shows that one of these advanced epilepsy therapies would be helpful, these can also be performed at All Children's Hospital.

Meet Our Team

Colin Nguyen, MD Colin Nguyen, MD

Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Following a pediatric residency at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women & Children in Orlando, he completed a residency in pediatric neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern Department of Neurology. While at UTSW he received the Neurology Resident Teaching Award and the Fred Baskin Young Investigator Research Award. Dr. Nguyen completed an additional fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Miami Children's Hospital/University of Miami and subsequently was an attending neurologist with Neuro Network Partners in Miami.

Dr. Nguyen's research includes investigation of predictors of improved outcomes following reoperation for intractable childhood epilepsy. At UTSW he was site co-investigator for a multi-center clinical trial, Validation of the NIH Stroke Scale in Children, led by Rebecca Ichord, MD, of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a member of the Child Neurology Society, the American Epilepsy Society, and the American Academy of Neurology.

 

Steven Parrish Winesett, MD S. Parrish Winesett, MD

Dr. Winesett's practice is limited to the evaluation of intractable epilepsy for advanced procedures such as epilepsy surgery, vagal nerve stimulators, ketogenic diet, complex medication management and clinical trials. After a residency in pediatric/internal medicine at the University of South Florida, he completed his pediatric neurology fellowship at Vanderbilt University. In addition, he completed a pediatric epilepsy fellowship at the Cleveland Clinical and USF. Dr. Winesett is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at USF. Dr. Winesett has written multiple academic chapters on pediatric and adult epilepsy.

Dr. Winesett's board certifications include: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with special competence in pediatric neurology; American Board of Pediatrics; and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

 

Peter Huszar, M.D. Peter Huszar, M.D.

Pediatric neurologist Peter Huszar, M.D., is leading a Headache Clinic at All Children's in addition to caring for children with seizure disorders and a variety of general pediatric neurology issues. He comes to All Children's Hospital from the Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, where he served as an attending pediatric neurologist. His clinical interests include headache and he is a member of the All Children's multidisciplinary pediatric stroke program.

Dr. Huszar completed his pediatric neurology fellowship training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Medical University in Szeged, Hungary, he did his pediatric residency training at Hungary's Erszebet Hospital and at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is board certified in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology.

 

Himali Jayakody, M.D. Himali Jayakody, M.D.

Himali Jayakody, M.D., joined the Neurology Department of All Children’s from the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, where she completed her residency in neurology as well as a residency in pediatrics. She did her internship in the professorial unit of Lady Ridgeway Children's Hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka and in general surgery in the National Hospital of Sri Lanka. Dr. Jayakody also served as Medical Officer in the Special Baby Care Unit at Base Hospital Panadura and Department of Rheumatology of Lady Ridgeway Children's Hospital. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Child Neurology Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics. As a neurology resident, Dr. Jayakody was involved in clinical teaching for general pediatrics and medical students.