Child Neurology Division
Heather Fullerton, MD, MAS - Division Chief



Welcome to the UCSF Division of Child Neurology, dedicated to improving the lives of children with neurological disorders since its founding by Dr. Bruce O. Berg in 1968. Nationally recognized as one of the fathers of child neurology, Dr. Berg continued to advance the new field over the course of his 31 year career at UCSF.  We now have more than 25 faculty members, with expertise and active research programs in neonatal neurology, stroke and cerebrovascular disease, neuro-oncology, neuromuscular disease, epilepsy, autism, neurogenetics, multiple sclerosis, and movement disorders. Child neurology is a core part of the Pediatric Brain Center at UCSF, established in 2012 to bring together all specialists involved in the care of children with nervous systems disorders, from neurological surgeons to neuropsychologists, and from neuro-critical care physicians to physiatrists. We bring a multidisciplinary approach to all of our core missions: clinical care, teaching, and education. In conjunction with the education division of Neurology, we offer a child neurology residency program as well as clinical fellowships in epilepsy, vascular neurology (stroke), and headache. Our division was a continuous recipient of the NIH-funded Neurological Sciences Academic Development Award (NSADA K12) since 1994, allowing us to launch the careers of more than 20 physician-scientists in child neurology. Our division chief, Dr. Heather Fullerton, now serves on the National Advisory Executive Committee for the Child Neurologist Career Development Program (CNCDP K12) that is replacing the NSADA to train the next generation of academic child neurologists.

Clinics and Services

The Division of Child Neurology is a key component of the Pediatric Brain Center (PBC)  at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. We offer integrated clinical care to children across a wide range of neurological disorders. Questions asked at the bedside move rapidly to our active research community, and answers are brought back to the clinical team, creating a tight translational loop. We offer rigorous clinical and research training, producing future leaders in the field of child neurology. Our clinical programs aim to improve the lives of children with neurological disorders today, while our research and training programs aim to improve the lives of affected children of tomorrow. 

Child at Benioff Children's Hospital

Research

The Division of Child Neurology performs clinical, translational, and basic science research to improve the lives of the children we care for.  To learn more, visit PBC Research and Clinical Trials and the web pages for some of our research programs, below.

Donna Ferriero, MD - The Neonatal Brain Disorders Laboratory uses both experimental models and clinical imaging studies to understand the pathobiology of hypoxic-ischemic injury in the developing nervous system. 

Heather Fullerton, MD, MAS, and Christine Fox, MD, MAS – The Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Research Program leads international, multicenter clinical research studies aimed at preventing and treating stroke in childhood.   

Elysa Marco, MD – The Sensory Neurodevelopment & Autism Program (SNAP ) studies the genetic causes, risk factors, associated conditions, brain structure/function and treatments for sensory processing disorder, autism, and other related conditions.

Sabine Mueller, MD, PhDThe Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium (PNOC) conducts clinical trials of new therapies for children with brain tumors. Its goal is to improve outcomes by translating the latest findings in cancer biology into better treatments for these children.

Anders Persson, PhD The Persson Laboratory uses experimental models to identify the cell of origin for gliomas and study the influence of tumor microenvironment on brain tumor biology.

Elliott Sherr, MD, PhD – The Brain Development Research Program investigates the genetic and biological mechanisms and clinical manifestations of Autism, Epilepsy, and disorders of brain development such as Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum and Aicardi Syndrome. 

Zena Vexler, PhD - The Vexler Laboratory aims to enhance long-term recovery from perinatal and childhood stroke by altering local brain microenvironment.

William A. Weiss, MD, PhD - The Weiss Laboratory is researching tumors of the nervous system such as glioma, neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma.

Faculty in Child Neurology

Maria Roberta Cilio, MD, PhD 
Pediatric and neonatal epilepsy

Qi Wen Fan, MD, PhD 
Neuro-oncolory research

Alexander Fay, MD, PhD 
Neuromuscular disease

Donna Ferriero, MD, MS
Neonatal neurology

Audrey Foster-Barber, MD
Pediatric neurology, palliative care

Christine Fox, MD
Vascular neurology

Heather Fullerton, MD, MAS
Vascular neurology 

Dawn Gano, MD, MAS
Neonatal neurology

Amy Gelfand, MD, MAS
Headache neurology

Hannah Glass, MD, MAS
Neonatal neurology

Ana Grijalvo-Perez, MD
Pediatric neurologist and movement disorder neurology

Nancy K. Hills, PhD 
Epidemiology, pediatric stroke research

Miller Huang, PhD
Neuro-oncology research

Jessica Litwin, MD
Pediatric neurology, sleep neurology

Elysa Marco, MD, MAS
Cognitive/behavioral child neurology, autism

Sabine Mueller, MD, PhD
Pediatric neuro-oncology

Kendall Nash, MD
Pediatric neurohospitalist

Adam Numis, MD
Pediatric epilepsy

Anders Persson, PhD
Neuro-oncology research

William Qubty, MD 
Headache neurology

Elliott Sherr, MD, PhD
Pediatric neurology, neurogenetics

Jonathan Strober, MD
Neuromuscular diseases

Zena Vexler, PhD
Neonatal and childhood ischemic brain injury research

Amy Viehoever, MD, PhD 
Movement disorder neurology

William Weiss, MD, PhD
Pediatric neurology and neuro-oncology research

Yvonne Wu, MD, MPH
Pediatric neurology and neonatal neurology

David M. Young, MD, PhD
Pediatric neurology