We found 5 pediatric neurologists who accept Medicare Advantage near Palo Alto, CA.

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Dr. Christopher William Lee-Messer, MD, PhD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
730 Welch Road; Suite 206
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Lee-Messer is a physician who specializes in pediatric neurology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mary L. Johnson Specialty Services, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and more. Dr. Lee-Messer has an open panel. Dr. Lee-Messer obtained his medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center.

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Dr. Sarah R Cheyette, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 1
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Sarah Cheyette practices pediatric neurology in San Mateo, CA, San Carlos, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cheyette include neurological disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Cheyette average 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for her residency. In addition to English, Dr. Cheyette speaks Spanish. Dr. Cheyette's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Migraine, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Neurological Disorders, Seizures

Dr. Susy Shu-Hsin Jeng, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
730 Welch Road; Suite 206
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Susy Jeng, who practices in San Francisco, CA and Palo Alto, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. Dr. Jeng is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mary L. Johnson Specialty Services, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and more. She is open to new patients. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin.

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Dr. Katherine Mercelia Mackenzie, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
730 Welch Road; 2nd Floor
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Katherine Mackenzie's specialty is pediatric neurology. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mackenzie attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. She trained at Stanford University Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center for residency. Dr. Mackenzie is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Cynthia Jane Campen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Neuro-Oncology
730 Welch Road; Suite 206
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Cynthia Campen works as a pediatric neurologist and neuro-oncologist. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and more. Dr. Campen graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mary L. Johnson Specialty Services, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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What is Pediatric Neurology?

The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal column, nerves, and muscles. It is what allows our brain and body to communicate with each other. Disorders of the nervous system are treated by a neurologist. When these disorders affect children or teens, they are treated by a pediatric or child neurologist.

Child neurologists have a special understanding of how the nervous system functions in a child’s growing body. Some neurological illnesses are rarely seen in adults, and others have symptoms that are different in children than in adults. Children’s developing brains and bodies can change quickly, and a pediatric neurologist is trained to quickly evaluate and manage symptoms before they cause future problems.

There is a very wide variety of disorders in pediatric neurology. Some issues, like seizures, are quite common, while others are very rare. A few examples of the problems treated by a child neurologist include:
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Neurological disorders that cause physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy
  • Developmental movement disorders, such as motor delays or low coordination
  • Hydrocephalus, or fluid in the brain
  • Brain tumors
  • Social and behavioral disorders that originate in the brain, such as ADHD and autism (many, but not all pediatric neurologists offer this service)

To figure out what is happening in a patient’s nervous system, pediatric neurologists make frequent use of brain scans. These may be CT scans (computed tomography, which uses x-rays), MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging, done with radio waves and magnets), or PET scans (positron emission tomography, which uses small amounts of radioactive material). In addition, child neurologists may use:
  • Blood tests
  • Ultrasounds
  • Chromosomal testing
  • EEG (electroencephalogram, a test to measure electrical activity in the brain)
  • EMG (electromyography, tests to measure how well nerves and muscles work)
  • Developmental screening tests
  • Hearing and vision tests

It can be incredibly difficult for parents when their child is hurting or isn’t able to do things that other kids their age can do. A pediatric neurologist is a great resource to help kids with neurological disorders reach their full potential.
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