Our Team

We have a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of specialists from intensive care, neurology, neurosurgery with expertise in pediatric neurocritical care. We work closely with specialized nursing and therapy teams to optimize outcomes for our patients. Additionally, dedicated personnel in Radiology (neuroradiology, ultrasonography), Pharmacy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Neuropsychiatry are similarly committed to caring for chidlren wtih critical neurologic disease.

Critical Care

Dr Akcan-Arikan is a dual trained pediatric intensivist and nephrologist and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with tenure at Baylor College of Medicine. She is the Associate Chief (Research) of Division of Critical Care Medicine. Dr Arikan is a clinician-scientist whose research focus is on the… read more
Phone: 832-826-6230
Simply put, I am dedicated to providing empathetic care that is of the highest quality.  I am devoted to fostering and promoting inter-disciplinary teamwork and collaboration which will accomplish this mission.  I am equally dedicated to educating our next generation of healthcare providers in how… read more
Phone: 832-826-6230
“Caring for children and their families during what is often the worst time in their lives is a profoundly gratifying, humbling and inspiring experience.  It is what has maintained my passion for the work we do as clinicians, educators and mentors, and underlies my commitment to improving the… read more
Phone: 832-826-6230
My goal is to provide the highest quality compassionate care to all children in the intensive care unit.  I want to listen to patients and their families and work together with them toward shared goals.  With my training background in pediatric neurology and critical care, I understand the… read more
Phone: 832-826-6230
I am a pediatrician with specialized training to care for critically ill children of all ages. We take care of the sickest of the sick and see families in their most vulnerable moments. This requires a multidisciplinary approach where the clinical team must partner every day with each and every… read more
Phone: 832-826-6230
Phone: 832-826-6230
Dr. Orellana has focused his research on the influence of development on the molecular mechanisms that regulate muscle protein metabolism during critical illness, aiming to develop nutritional support therapies for children in intensive care. By using the neonatal pig as a model for the human… read more
Phone: 832-826-6230
I believe in treating every patient with the compassionate, quality care that I would want for my own family.  As critical care physicians, we are entrusted to take care of children and families during what is often the worst time of their lives.  I am inspired daily to live up to that trust and… read more
Phone: 832-826-6230
I am committed to providing exceptional and compassionate care for my patients by partnering with families and multi-disciplinary team members, and by constantly striving for excellence in all I do. Clinical Interests: Extracorporeal Life Support, Neuro-critical care, Global Health, Ethics,… read more
Phone: 832-826-6230
As Senior Medical Director of the Pediatric ICUs I work to identify opportunities to enhance patient care and decrease the harm to patients through multi-disciplinary collaboration across Pediatric ICUs. My academic interests focus on the intersection of quality improvement, education, and… read more
Phone: 832-826-6230
Dr. Tcharmtchi is the program director for Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program, the largest pediatric critical care medicine fellowship training program in the world. His main focus is on the education of fellows to competent academician leading them to the forefront of the delivery and… read more
Phone: 832-826-6230
As a clinician, I strive to provide the best care possible to individual patients and family members. Clinical expertise encompasses an adaptive application of the standardized practice via evidence-based medicine and the less explicit knowledge in the form of the art of medicine. As an academician… read more
Phone: 832-826-6230
Phone: 832-826-6230

Neurology Critical Care

Phone: 832-822-1750
My goal is to provide the highest quality compassionate care to all children in the intensive care unit.  I want to listen to patients and their families and work together with them toward shared goals.  With my training background in pediatric neurology and critical care, I understand the… read more
Phone: 832-826-6230
Dr. Risen is currently a faculty member in both the Department of Pediatric Neurology as well as the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics. After completing training in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, she… read more
Phone: 832-822-3400 (Development) | 832-822-1750 (Neurology)
Clinical  Interests: Epilepsy Surgery Refractory Epilepsy Landau-Kleffner Syndrome, Electrical Status Epilepticus of Sleep and Epileptic Encephalopathies Pediatric Neurocritical Care Electroencephalography and Continuous EEG Monitoring Research Interests: Epilepsy Surgery Status Epilepticus… read more
Phone: 832-822-1750 (Neurology) | 832-822-0959 (Epilepsy Center)
Epilepsy is a complex condition which affects patients’ physical and mental health, as well as family dynamics. My goal is to provide an open environment for patients and families to learn more about their condition, ask questions, and discuss the best treatment including medical, dietary, and… read more
Phone: 832-822-1750 (Neurology) | 832-822-0959 (Epilepsy Center)

Neurosurgery

Dr. Bauer believes in family-centered, compassionate care for his patients. He does his best to educate patients and families on their condition in order to make them part of the care team and decision-making process. Clinical Interests: Dr. Bauer’s clinical interests include the care and… read more
Phone: 832-822-3950
Clinical & Research Interests: Dr. Curry’s clinical interests include minimally invasive treatment in epilepsy surgery, treatment of pediatric movement disorders and chronic pain.  His research interests include study of the mechanisms of dystonia and non-invasive detection of epilepsy… read more
Phone: 832-822-3950 (Neurosurgery) | 832-822-0959 (Epilepsy Center)
Clinical Interests: Dr. McClugage’s clinical interests include the treatment and care of patients with hydrocephalus and complex shunt problems, Chiari malformations, pediatric tumors of the brain and spine, pediatric spinal disorders and congenital spinal anomalies, such as spina bifida and… read more
Phone: 832-822-3950
Clinical & Research Interests: Dr. Aldave’s clinical interests include maximizing the safe treatment of pediatric brain tumors and how to improve patients’ clinical outcomes and quality of life.  His research interests include the use of oncolytic virus in the treatment of high grade pediatric… read more
Phone: 832-822-3950
Texas Children’s Hospital Neurosurgery is a national and international destination for world class, innovative, high quality, and attentive neurologic care for children. We train the future leaders in pediatric neurosurgery, and we investigate neurologic conditions for which we have unique insight… read more
Phone: 832-822-3950 (Neurosurgery) | 832-822-0959 (Epilepsy Center)
Dr. Whitehead’s primary clinical interests relate to the treatment of hydrocephalus, complex shunt problems, spina bifida and other congenital malformations of the nervous system, brain and spine tumors, vascular malformations, and skull base diseases.   Dr. Whitehead’s research focuses on… read more
Phone: 832-822-3950
Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2008. Following graduation, she joined Texas Children’s Hospital as a staff nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She gained experience caring for children with many complex medical conditions, as well as experience in ECMO and continuous… read more
Phone: 832-822-3950