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Dr. Jose Andres Ferreira, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Other
508 South Habana Avenue; Suite 340
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jose Ferreira is a pediatric neurology specialist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut, Dr. Ferreira attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Ferreira has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Ferreira is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Maria A Gieron-Korthals, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
17 Davis Boulevard; Suite 200, Usf Department of Pediatrics
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Maria Gieron's specialty is pediatric neurology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in concussion, neuromuscular disorders (nerve & muscle diseases), and headache. Dr. Gieron is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. After attending Medical University of Warsaw for medical school, she completed her residency training at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gieron accepts. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Headache, Concussion

Dr. Sergio J Jacinto, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Other
4507 N Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sergio Jacinto's medical specialty is pediatric neurology. He speaks Spanish. His areas of clinical interest consist of back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and nerve conduction studies (NCS). Dr. Jacinto's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Jacinto graduated from Central University of the East School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Peripheral Neuropathy, Nerve Conduction Studies, Back Pain

Dr. Raymond J Fernandez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
2508 W Virginia Avenue; Suite B
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Raymond Fernandez, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. His areas of clinical interest consist of attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), epilepsy, and cerebral palsy. The average patient rating for Dr. Fernandez is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fernandez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Charity Hospital, New Orleans. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Fernandez speaks Spanish. Dr. Fernandez's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy

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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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