NeurologyChild Neurology at UNC is one of the first programs of its kind in the country. Thomas Farmer, MD, a pioneer in child neurology and author of one of the first textbooks, founded UNC’s Division of Neurology in 1952, which later became the Department of Neurology in 1976. Robert Greenwood, MD, served as the Chief of Child Neurology from 1977-2016.

The Child Neurology division offers expertise in neurogenetics, metabolic disorders, neurocutaneous disorders (neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, Sturge-Weber and others), childhood headaches, epilepsy, sleep disorders, neuromuscular diseases (muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and others) and cerebral palsy. The clinics for the care of patients with these disorders apply state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities and multidisciplinary expertise to provide the some of the best care in the southeast United States. The dieticians, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists, and occupational therapists provide important help for the patients we evaluate and manage in our clinics and wards.

The primary pediatric clinic and hospital wards are located in the UNC Children’s Hospital. These facilities offer a pleasant and friendly environment that enhances the healing process. All rooms are private and quiet, and a large play room and entertainment facility offer a diversion for the children. The Division also offers a clinic in Lumberton, NC once a month.

Current neurological research includes studies of the pathophysiology of the learning disabilities in neurofibromatosis, new medicines and devices for the treatment of epilepsy, sleep disorders of children, neurogenetics of developmental disorders and prenatal effects of drugs on nervous system development.

Our Team

Zheng (Jane) Fan is the Chief of the Child Neurology Division. The team includes: