Pediatric Brain Injury Program



The Pediatric Brain Injury Program is designed to meet the needs of children and adolescents with traumatic and other acquired brain injuries, many of whom have been treated at HCMC's Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. HCMC provides a full range of state-of-the-art medical and rehabilitative services designed for children.

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The goals of the program are to help each child overcome physical, cognitive and emotional challenges to reach his or her maximum potential and to provide family education and support. The program serves inpatients and outpatients, and provides evaluation, treatment and consulting services.

Children with brain injuries have needs that can be very different from those of adults with brain injuries. We evaluate and treat children from birth to 18 years with all degrees of acquired brain injury. Most of these children have experienced a mild brain injury, also called a concussion. Many of these children may benefit from short-term inpatient rehabilitation at HCMC. Children with severe brain injury may need more intensive and prolonged inpatient rehabilitation.

Prevention of TBI is an essential component of care at HCMC. HCMC is one of only 42 Injury Free Coalition for Kids sites in the nation, and the only one in Minnesota. Directors Dr. Andrew Kiragu, MD and Julie Philbrook, RN, MAN, MAL coordinate this injury prevention program based only at Level 1 Trauma Centers.

ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation helps teach kids of all ages how to reduce their risk of injury and prevent traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. The Minnesota Chapter "ThinkFirst of Hennepin County" is based at HCMC and was started by Dr. Tom Bergman, MD Neurosurgery and Julie Philbrook, RN, MAN, MAL. Dr. Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, FACS Neurosurgery is on the national Board of Directors.

Read more about these important TBI prevention programs on our Trauma Services and Prevention page.