Children and Teen Specialists
The Washington University Autism Clinical Center fulfills a unique role in addressing the needs of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Services include diagnostic assessment, comprehensive intervention planning, Applied Behavior Analysis/Positive Behavior Support, plans by Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Parent-implemented Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (birth-2 years), and psychiatric intervention. View the Autism Clinical Center brochure for additional information about services and scheduling an appointment.
Children and teenagers who need to be seen by a pediatric dermatologist are referred to Dr. Carrie C. Coughlin. She is an expert in the evaluation and management of NF-associated skin problems.
Children with NF1 can sometimes develop early-onset puberty or other endocrine problems. In these situations, they are evaluated and managed by Dr. Kyle McNerney. Dr. McNerney is an expert in precocious puberty and growth problems in children with NF1.
Children and teenagers can sometimes have a seizure and require the expertise of a physician expert in epilepsy. Dr. Judy L. Weisenberg is a pediatric neurologist with particular expertise in seizures arising in children with NF1.
The management of brain and nerve tumors can involve medical or surgical treatment. When children and teenagers require chemotherapy, complete neuro-oncology care is provided by Drs. Nicole M. Brossier (Brain Tumors), Amy Armstrong (Plexiform neurofibromas), and Allison A. King.
The evaluation of vision is vitally important in children with NF1 and NF2. For this reason, we have established a dedicated neuro-ophthalmology team (Drs. James Hoekel, Margaret Reynolds, and Mark Rallo). These physicians have particular expertise in vision loss, cataracts, glaucoma, eye crossing (strabismus), and optic pathway gliomas.
Many children with NF1 require formal neuropsychological evaluation to obtain the proper educational services in school. Dr. Gabriel Araujo provides testing and meaningful recommendations to the parents and educators. Dr. Kimberly Sirl cares for our patients with anxiety.
Brain and spine tumors are sometimes treated with surgery. Dr. David D. Limbrick is an experienced pediatric neurosurgeon with expertise in the surgical treatment of NF-associated tumors.
Children with long bone defects (tibial dysplasia and pseudarthrosis) are evaluated and managed by Drs. Mark Miller and Charles Goldfarb, while those with scoliosis are cared for by Drs. Scott J. Luhmann and Keith Bridwell. Each of these surgical teams has expertise in NF-related bone problems.
When children require an evaluation and potential surgery for NF2-associated vestibular schwannomas, they are seen by Dr. Craig Buchman and jointly managed with Drs. Michael R. Chicoine and David Limbrick from the Division Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. David Molter manages our children with craniofacial defects.
Occasionally, children and adolescents with NF require management of chronic pain. These critical services are provided by Dr. Jacob AuBuchon and his team in the Department of Anesthesiology.
When neurofibromas require surgical removal, children and teenagers are evaluated by Dr. Alison Snyder Warwick and her colleagues. Dr. Warwick has considerable expertise in neurofibroma surgery.
Sleep problems are frequently seen in children and teenagers. These problems require the care of a specialist in sleep medicine. Dr. Amy K. Licis is a pediatric neurologist expert in the management of sleep disorders in people with NF1.
Adults with NF who need to be seen by a dermatologist are referred to Dr. Milan Anadkat. He is an expert in the evaluation and management of NF-associated skin problems.
Women with NF1 who require obstetrical care are managed by specialists in high-risk pregnancy. Dr. Roxane M. Rampersad from the Washington University Maternal-Fetal Medicine program works together with a dedicated team of sonographers (ultrasound), genetic counselors, fertility experts, neonatologists, pediatric specialists, and advanced practice nurses to deliver the highest quality of care for women and their families with NF1.
Families interested in pre-conception risk assessment, genetic counseling, and in vitro fertilization are cared for by Dr. Emily Jungheim in the Washington University Maternal-Fetal Medicine program.
The management of brain and nerve tumors can require medical treatment. When adults require chemotherapy, complete neuro-oncology care is provided by Dr. Jian Li Campian.
Adults with NF1 and NF2 who require detailed eye examinations and treatment for cataracts, glaucoma, or vision decline are seen by Dr. Greg P. Van Stavern. Dr. Van Stavern specializes in neuro-ophthalmology and has considerable expertise in managing these problems.
Adults with brain and nerve tumors are evaluated and treated by Dr. Michael R. Chicoine. Dr. Chicoine specializes in meningiomas, schwannomas, and other brain tumors that occur in adults with NF1, NF2, and Schwannomatosis.
When adults require an evaluation and potential surgery for NF2-associated vestibular schwannomas, they are seen by Dr. Craig Buchman and jointly managed with Dr. Michael R. Chicoine from the Department of Neurosurgery.
Adults with NF1, NF2, and Schwannomatosis often require treatment for chronic pain. These critical services are provided by Dr. Robert A. Swarm and his team in the Department of Anesthesiology.
When neurofibromas or schwannomas require surgical removal, adults are evaluated by Drs. Thomas Tung and Donnie Buck.
When adults develop malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs), they are managed by a team of physicians and nurses led by Dr. Angela C. Hirbe. The multi-disciplinary sarcoma program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is one of the country’s largest programs with expertise in MPNSTs.