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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 works as a pediatric neurologist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Ferreira's hospital/clinic affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Sergio Jacinto specializes in pediatric neurology. The average patient rating for Dr. Jacinto is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jacinto include back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and nerve conduction studies (NCS). He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for 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 MetroHealth Medical Center, Dr. Jacinto attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Jacinto speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Behavior Problems, 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 is a pediatric neurologist in Tampa, FL. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), muscle diseases (myopathies), and epilepsy. Dr. Fernandez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Charity Hospital, New Orleans. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Fernandez speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Muscle Diseases, 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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