Neurological Institute

USNWR Badge - Best Children's Hospital - Neurology and Neurosurgery

The Neurological Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is working to help all children achieve their full neurologic potential. The Institute’s comprehensive program for disorders and conditions of the brain and mind seamlessly encompasses CHLA’s Divisions of Neurology and Neurosurgery, offering an interdisciplinary destination that houses all of the tools needed to diagnose and treat neurological issues, and the talented experts needed to fully utilize these tools.

Ranked among the top 10 pediatric centers in the nation for Neurology and Neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report, the Neurological Institute is run by Susan Durham, MD, MS, Division Chief of Neurosurgery, and Chief of Neurology Shafali Spurling Jeste, MD. Institute physicians also work together with divisions and departments throughout the hospital, including Orthopaedics; Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery; Radiology; Hematology-Oncology­; Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; and the Center for Personalized Medicine.

The Neurological Institute is patient-focused, exemplifying the concept that the best place for pediatric neurological care is a world-class hospital dedicated to kids. Our institution’s high patient volume leads to better outcomes—our physicians see disorders on a weekly basis that community hospitals may see once in a decade. The Institute focuses on getting children the right treatment in the right timeframe—because when it comes to a child’s neurological development, time is of the essence. Our physicians listen and work closely with patient families to determine the proper, personalized diagnosis and treatment for their child.

The Institute is built on four supporting pillars: clinical care, research, education and advocacy. Our numerous accredited and certified programs offer the best possible care for the best possible value, treating children with neurological issues of all kinds.

About the Neurological Institute

  • Conditions, Treatments and Services
  • Our Expert Team
  • Physician Training Programs

A multidisciplinary destination for premier neurologic care, the Neurological Institute brings together the renowned programs and services of the Divisions of Neurology and Neurosurgery to help children achieve their full potential. Year after year, CHLA is recognized for its expertise in this field by U.S. News & World Report. In 2018, the Neurological Institute was ranked No. 9 in the country and the top program of its kind on the West Coast.

Meet our team

Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, part of the USC Keck Medical System, is pleased to announce openings for our ACGME-accredited pediatric epilepsy fellowship for Academic Years 2019-20 and 2020-21.  Our group has considerable clinical and neurophysiologic resources.  We have 5 pediatric board-certified epileptologists with a busy epilepsy surgery program offering ECoG-guided resections, phase II studies with implanted grids/strips and depths, stereo-EEG, EEG source localization and minimally invasive laser ablation.  We have a large VNS program and are initiating pediatric RNS.  We follow over 100 children on either ketogenic diet or modified Atkins diet with the help of two full time dietitians.  We have a robust epilepsy drug study program with over 10 active studies.  CHLA has an active outpatient EEG lab, a dedicated pediatric EMU, and neuro-critical care EEG monitoring.  Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Clinic includes an Epilepsy Surgery Clinic, Diet Therapy Clinic, Epilepsy Genetics Clinic and New Onset Seizure Clinic.   All fellows have the opportunity to participate in a research projects during their fellowship mentored by one of our epileptologists.  We have a strong epilepsy genetics lab with all genetic testing now done in house at CHLA.   

Being the largest Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, we serve a diverse population and see the full spectrum of pediatric epilepsy.  

For more information please contact Dr. Deborah Holder, Program Director at, or visit the Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship webpage.

Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship

The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, an affiliate of the University of Southern California, is offering a post-residency fellowship clinical position to begin July 1st. Applicants must be eligible for a California Medical License and have completed a Neurosurgery Residency. Our hospital is a premier children's hospital with a full range of pediatric services: 750 operative procedures per year which includes an extensive neuro-oncology, craniofacial, epilepsy, and functional experience.

For more information, please visit the Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship webpage.

Child Neurology Residency Program

The child neurology residency training program seeks to produce physicians who are experts in the care of children with both acute and chronic neurological diseases. Our dedicated teaching faculty from multiple backgrounds will help assist you to achieve your career goals, whether academic, clinical, or educational. Our past residents have had great post training success and have a 100% board passage rate over the past 5 years.

Patient and Family Support

  • Prepare for your visit
  • Patient and Family Resources


For help planning a Neurosurgery visit, please call 323-361-2169


Prepare for your Neurology Outpatient Clinic Visit

To make your child’s visit for neurological evaluation most valuable and efficient, please arrange to bring the following.

Medical Records

Bring all relevant records from visits to physicians.  In particular, reports from neurologists that your child may have seen previously will be very helpful to us if you are coming to our hospital for a second opinion.

Neuroimaging Test Results

We prefer to receive test results on CD-ROM (wherever possible) or on X-Ray film.  

Examples of test results to bring: 

  • MRI of brain
  • MRI of spine
  • CT Scans of head
  • Reports of any neurological testing such as EEG or EMG
  • Reports of nerve conduction testing
  • Reports of laboratory work (including any genetic or metabolic testing).  This might include:  urine organic acids, blood amino acids, chromosomes, “gene chips”, or specialized enzyme tests
  • Full reports of neuropsychological testing
  • Full reports of psychometric testing

Medications List

In addition to bringing a complete list of ALL medications your child is currently taking, please also include a list of all medications previously tried for the condition.

Special Preparation Instructions

  • Headaches
    If your child is coming to us for headaches, bring your headache diary.
    (Newly referred headache patients are sent a detailed questionnaire and asked to keep a headache record for two to three months prior to their first appointment).
  • Seizures / Epilepsy
    If your child is coming to us for seizures or epileptic behavior, bring your seizure diary.

Make a Video

For intermittent abnormal movements, “spells”, or behavioral changes:

  • If your child has intermittent symptoms which are unlikely to be present during the visit, it can be extremely helpful to have a video to show the doctor.
  • Even a short segment showing abnormal behaviors or movements can help us make a diagnosis, and avoid other unnecessary procedures.
  • Bring the camera or device to play it back. Do not plan to bring it on CD or memory card as we may not have ability to play it.


Neurology and Neurosurgery

Los Angeles (Main Campus)

4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323-361-2471
Fax: 323-361-1109
Referral Number: 888-631-2452
Referral Fax: 323-361-8988

Neurology (Outpatient Centers)


468 E. Santa Clara St.
Arcadia, CA 91006
Phone: 626-795-7177
Fax: 626-357-4052


5363 Balboa Blvd., Ste. 121
Encino, CA  91316
Phone: 323-361-2247
Fax: 323-361-8999

Santa Monica

1301 20th St., Ste. 460
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310-820-8608
Fax: 310-586-7486

South Bay

3440 Torrance Blvd., Ste. 100
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: 310-303-3890
Fax: 310-303-3893


23838 Valencia Blvd., Ste. 140
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: 661-362-1240
Fax: 661-259-7783