Children’s Hospital

Children’s - flagsChildren’s, as it is known locally, is a worldwide leader in improving children’s health. For the 17th year in a row, Children’s has been rated one of America’s top hospitals specialising in pediatric care. The hospital provides the highest quality health care and is a leading source of research and discovery. It is famed for finding solutions if none exist.

The Neurosurgery Department at Children’s Hospital is one piece of the jigsaw that comprises a collaboration between the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Children’s, the Dana Faber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School.

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Children’s is the only paediatric hospital to have an intraoperative MRI scanner in the US. They call it the MR/OR.

MR-ORBrain surgery is all about accuracy and this incredible operating theatre gives the neurosurgeons the benefit of super accurate information before, during and after the surgery. At Children’s the MRI scanner is actually suspended from the ceiling, which allows the surgeons to slide the scanner in and out of the theatre.

Professor Peter McClaren Black, who will be doing Meg’s surgery, is one of America’s top ten doctors. He wears many hats, including the following:

  • Professor of Neurosurgery – Harvard Medical School
  • Chair, Dept of Neurosurgery – Children’s and BWH
  • Neurosurgeon in Chief – BWH
  • Chief of Neurosurgical Oncology – Dana Faber Cancer Centre

Professor Black’s team was the first to use an intraoperative MRI scanner over 10 years ago in 1996. Last year it celebrated the 10th anniversary of the procedure after performing the 1,000th MR-guided operation. You can find out more about this incredible team in this article.