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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's specialty is pediatric neurology. Clinical interests for Dr. Heard include epilepsy. Dr. Heard is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group. She honors United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Heard completed her residency training at Children's Hospital Boston and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn. 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. Dr. Cirillo's clinical interests encompass neurological disorders. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cirillo accepts. Her education and training includes medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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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 pediatric neurologist in Lincolnwood, IL and Chicago, IL. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He obtained his medical school training at Deccan College of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Khan is affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Michelson attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. She is professionally 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 pediatric neurology specialist in Glenview, IL, Evanston, IL, and Chicago, IL. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Finkel is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's residency program. She is professionally affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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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.