The Division of Neurodevelopmental-Behavioral Pediatrics provides diagnosis and clinical care for infants and children who have, or are at risk for, neurodevelopmental or developmental-behavioral problems.
Our faculty see patients at the UW Health East Clinic, and at the following Waisman Center clinics: Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic, Newborn Follow-Up Clinic, Feeding Team, Down Syndrome Clinic, Pediatric Brain Care Clinic, and the Neuromotor Development Clinic.
Division faculty also provide education on neurodevelopmental disabilities through invited presentations, postgraduate programs at UW-Madison, and rotations for second-year pediatric residents.
- Anna Dusick, MD, a pediatrician trained in neurodevelopmental disabilities, joined the division as director. Dr. Dusick specializes in the outcome of high-risk infants, particularly those born preterm and with medical fragility; infant feeding; and feeding disorders of early childhood. She has significant experience in the care of children who are technology dependent, have early cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, spina bifida, multiple congenital anomalies, and craniofacial anomalies.
- Last year, the division began offering developmental pediatrics consultation for inpatients at the American Family Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), and general pediatrics unit.
- A multidisciplinary Down Syndrome Clinic began at the Waisman Center. This clinic offers medical geneticists, neurodevelopmental-behavioral pediatricians, and other therapy services to serve children and families with Down Syndrome.
- The Pediatric Brain Care Clinic began at the Waisman Center under the direction of Peter Ferrazzano, MD. This clinic cares for children with mild head trauma who have been in the PICU and who require outpatient follow-up.
- Dr. Dusick presented at the First International Symposium of the Neonatal Oromotor Assessment Scale Conference, in San Francisco, CA.
- Division faculty participated in “Down Syndrome: A Day with the Experts,” a conference at the Waisman Center.
Professor and Division Chief
Rice GM, Raca G, Jakielski KJ, Laffin JJ, Iyama-Kurtycz CM, Hartley SL, Sprague RE, Heintzelman AT, Shriberg LD. Phenotype of FOXP2 haploinsufficiency in a mother and son. Am J Med Genet A. 2011 Nov 21. PMID: 22106036.
Anna Dusick, MD, was a collaborator on the following papers:
Carlo WA, McDonald SA, Fanaroff AA, Vohr BR, Stoll BJ, Ehrenkranz RA, Andrews WW, Wallace D, Das A, Bell EF, Walsh MC, Laptook AR, Shankaran S, Poindexter BB, Hale EC, Newman NS, Davis AS, Schibler K, Kennedy KA, Sánchez PJ, Van Meurs KP, Goldberg RN, Watterberg KL, Faix RG, Frantz ID 3rd, Higgins RD; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Association of antenatal corticosteroids with mortality and neurodevelopmental outcomes among infants born at 22 to 25 weeks' gestation. JAMA. 2011 Dec 7;306(21):2348-58. PMID: 22147379.
Ambalavanan N, Carlo WA, McDonald SA, Yao Q, Das A, Higgins RD; Generic Database and Follow-up Subcommittees of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Identification of extremely premature infants at high risk of rehospitalization. Pediatrics. 2011 Nov;128(5):e1216-25. Epub 2011 Oct 17. PMID: 22007016.
Shankaran S, Pappas A, McDonald SA, Laptook AR, Bara R, Ehrenkranz RA, Tyson JE, Goldberg R, Donovan EF, Fanaroff AA, Das A, Poole WK, Walsh M, Higgins RD, Welsh C, Salhab W, Carlo WA, Poindexter B, Stoll BJ, Guillet R, Finer NN, Stevenson DK, Bauer CR; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Predictive value of an early amplitude integrated electroencephalogram and neurologic examination. Pediatrics. 2011 Jul;128(1):e112-20. Epub 2011 Jun 13. PMID: 21669899.
Ehrenkranz RA, Das A, Wrage LA, Poindexter BB, Higgins RD, Stoll BJ, Oh W; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Early nutrition mediates the influence of severity of illness on extremely LBW infants. Pediatr Res. 2011 Jun;69(6):522-9. PMID: 21378596.
Pappas A, Shankaran S, Laptook AR, Langer JC, Bara R, Ehrenkranz RA, Goldberg RN, Das A, Higgins RD, Tyson JE, Walsh MC; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Hypocarbia and adverse outcome in neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. J Pediatr. 2011 May;158(5):752-758.e1. Epub 2010 Dec 10. PMID: 21146184.