Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics


The Division of Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics is comprised of 15 clinical faculty members and two research faculty.  Through the partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children’s), the Division provides the best evidence-based, compassionate care for children with a wide range of neurological conditions as well as advance the field of child neurology through lifelong education and sound basic and translational research.


Accredited fellowships are available annually for Child Neurology and are matched through the National Residency Matching Program with applications accepted though Electronic Residency Application Service. Other related fellowships include one to two annually for both Clinical Neurophysiology and Neurocritical Care, and one per year for Neuromuscular Disorders/EMG. Advanced fellowships are available in Clinical Neurophysiology, Neurocritical Care, and Neuromuscular Disorders/EMG.

Faculty members participate in the training of residents and fellows through four different major programs: Child Neurology (six residents), Clinical Neurophysiology (two fellows), Pediatric Neurocritical Care (two fellows), and Pediatric Neuromuscular Disorders (one fellow).


Approximately 40 percent of the Division’s faculty members conduct research with active focus on basic science, clinical, and translational research in: epilepsy, neurovirology, neonatal brain injuries, neuromuscular disorders, neuro-inflammation, and traumatic brain injuries. Multiple faculty members are current recipients of National Institutes of Health funding for various research projects or studies. The Division also receives funding from various philanthropic sources and industry sponsors to support the scholarship activities for all of our faculty members. 

Patient Care

Lurie Children’s is ranked 5th in the nation by U.S.News & World Report for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. The Division of Pediatric Neurology sees one in three children hospitalized at Lurie Children's. In fact, more families bring children with neurologic conditions to us for care or for second opinions than to any other single hospital in the state. The clinical faculty and multi-disciplinary healthcare team consisting of nurses, nurse practitioners, fellows, residents, dietitians, physical and occupational therapists, neuropsychologists, social workers, and educational specialists provide care for nearly 10,000 outpatient visits per year at both the main campus sites and seven satellite facilities located within a 40-mile radius of the hospital.

The Division offers some of the most comprehensive neurology specialty programs in the region:

Leon Epstein, MD

Leon G. Epstein, MD
Division Head

Contact Us

For more information, contact the Department of Pediatrics Division of Neurology.


Visit our fellowship page to learn more about advanced educational opportunities in the Division of Neurology.