News Release: Faculty Experts

Jul. 21,  2011

Pediatric Neurosciences Leader Appointed by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory School of Medicine

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory School of Medicine recently co-recruited Ton J. de Grauw, MD, PhD, a neurologist and researcher, to be the new chief of the Children’s Neurosciences Program and director of the Division of Pediatric Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory. In his roles, he will oversee the delivery of specialized care for children with neurological disorders and foster the growth of pediatric neurosciences academic initiatives.   

"It is truly an honor that I will be joining one of the nation’s leading pediatric neurosciences programs," says de Grauw. "As Children's continues to collaborate with top research institutions including Emory University and Georgia Tech, the organization cultivates an environment that is dedicated to delivering and expanding upon the highest quality of care through investigating innovative approaches for treating children.”

Dr. de Grauw has been the director of the Neurology Clinical and Training Programs in Child Neurology for the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center since 1996. He is a native of the Netherlands and received his medical degree from Katholieke Universiteit in The Netherlands and a doctorate from Free University in Amsterdam. He is a well-established physician scientist and a member of various professional organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology, the Child Neurology Society and the International Child Neurology Society. Bringing 30 years of experience to Children's and Emory, his personal interests include neurodevelopmental deficits and neurodegenerative disorders, as well as neurometabolic disorders such as those that are affected by energy metabolism. He also is versed in the neurological aspects of language development.

“At Children's and Emory, we recognize that the one in five children with disorders of brain development and function face unique challenges," says Barbara J. Stoll, MD, George W. Brumley Jr. Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Emory, senior vice president, chief academic officer at Children’s and president/CEO of the Emory-Children's Center. "Dr. de Grauw brings expertise in patient care, teaching in child neurology and research that will help address the needs of both current and future patients."

With among the highest inpatient neurosurgery and neurology volumes in the country,* the Children's Neurosciences Program provides comprehensive care for children with brain disorders, such as epilepsy and brain tumors. The neurosciences team includes neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropsychologists, neuro-oncologists and neuroradiologists, who work together to provide quality care to patients.   

"We are excited to welcome Dr. de Grauw as our new leader for the Children’s Neurosciences Program," says Dan Salinas, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Children's. "Alongside our team of pediatric specialists, he will continue to grow the program as we strive to be the nation’s leader in neurosciences."

*Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS), 2010; the PHIS hospitals are 43 of the largest and most advanced children’s hospitals in America and constitute the most demanding standards of pediatric service in America.

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