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We found 5 pediatric neurologists who accept Humana Gold near Evanston, IL.

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Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
1000 Central Street; Suite 800
Evanston, IL
 

Dr. Takijah Heard is a specialist in pediatric neurology. In Dr. Heard's practice, she is particularly interested in epilepsy. She is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group. She honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO. She is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Heard trained at Children's Hospital Boston and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn for residency. She has received the distinction of Dean's Teaching Excellence Award(2013).

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Clinical interests: Epilepsy

Dr. Melissa Lynn Cirillo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
5215 N. California Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Melissa Cirillo works as a pediatric neurologist in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Lake Forest, IL. She has a special interest in neurological disorders. She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Cirillo attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for medical school. Dr. Cirillo honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Movement Disorders, Muscle Problems, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, Weakness

Dr. Naseeruddin Gulam Khan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
6501 N. Lincoln Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL
 

Dr. Naseeruddin Khan is a specialist in pediatric neurology. He works in Lincolnwood, IL and Chicago, IL. He is affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Khan's office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Khan attended medical school at Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi.

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Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
1000 Central Street; Suite 800
Evanston, IL
 

Dr. Margaret Michelson's area of specialization is pediatric neurology. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Michelson studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Michelson is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
1000 Central Street; Suite 800
Evanston, IL
 

Dr. Leslie Finkel is a specialist in pediatric neurology. She is professionally affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Finkel honors. She attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. She trained at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for her residency.

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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.