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Central Virginia's most experienced neurology team

Why trust CHoR with your child’s neurology needs?

  • Our mission is to improve the lives of children with neurological disorders through compassionate, high-quality care and research innovative initiatives.
  • Our pediatric-trained neurologists have special expertise in child neurology.
  • Each year, we treat more than 5,000 children living with both common and complex neurological conditions. 
  • We offer the most advanced imaging, treatments and clinical trials. 

Part of a comprehensive neurosciences center 

Our pediatric neurologists are part of a comprehensive neurosciences center that also includes neurosurgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists and researchers. As a team, we treat developing nervous systems with compassion and a deep understanding of what makes your child unique. 


Our headache program is led by board-certified physicians who specialize in pediatric neuralgia. We offer medical treatments, occipital nerve blocks, Botox and non-medical options for treatment of migraines and other forms of serious headache.  

Comprehensive Epilepsy Center 

We are designated as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, which means we offer the most sophisticated monitoring, treatment and surgical options for children with epilepsy. We continue to grow our team, leadership, research and expertise thanks to nearly $4 million in recent neurosciences funding from Children’s Hospital Foundation

Neuromuscular treatments 

Neuromuscular disorders are a collection of conditions that impact the nerves, muscles and the connections between them. Kids with neuromuscular diseases are often weak, experience spasms or feel pain. We provide expert and compassionate care for children with an array of neuromuscular conditions. 

Learn about our neuromuscular program

Pediatric stroke specialists for adolescents 

CHoR is one of the only locations in Virginia with a pediatric stroke protocol, developed in collaboration with our pediatric ICU and emergency medicine specialists. The affiliated Comprehensive Stroke Center at VCU Health, the first in Virginia, is the only certified Gold-level stroke program in the Commonwealth as ranked by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. 

Learn about stroke care

Advanced minimally invasive treatment for common neurological conditions

Our neurologic specialists provide care for children with conditions including: 

  • Developmental delay
  • Epilepsy 
  • Headache 
  • Metabolic disorders with neurological symptoms 
  • Migraine 
  • Movement disorders 
  • Neurocutaneous disorders including tuberous sclerosis, neurofibromatosis and Sturge-Weber 
  • Neuromuscular disorders 
  • Sleep disorders 
  • Stroke 
  • Tourette's syndrome 

Leading education and research into pediatric neurology  

Our team is actively involved in worldwide efforts to expand our understanding of the child’s brain and nervous system. We work each day to advance the knowledge of neurological disease in children through the development of innovative treatments and clinical research. In addition, our physicians are affiliated with the Department of Neurology at the VCU School of Medicine, sharing knowledge and training the next generation of pediatric neurologists and neurological specialists. 

The VCU pediatric neurology team are national leaders in research, ranking 28th in the U.S. in NIH funding for neuroscience. 

Our investigators have made fundamental discoveries in many areas of neurology, with ongoing research projects including basic and translational work in epilepsy, neuro-oncology, neurodegeneration, movement disorders, pain and addiction, and inherited myopathies with a broad array of NIH, foundation and industry-supported clinical trials.  

Our child neurology fellowship allows for increasing patient care responsibility across three years of training.  


Meet the team

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Lauren Doyle Strauss, DO
Lauren Strauss DO Neurology
Headache medicine
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Amy D Harper, MD
Amy Harper MD Neurology
Neuromuscular clinic
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Debra K Hearington, PNP
Debra Hearington PNP Neurology Read more
Monica Islam, MD
Monica Islam MD Neurology Read more
David J Jaffe, MD
David Jaffe MD Neurology Read more
Chad Johnson, PhD
Chad Johnson PhD Neurology
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Nicholas Johnson, MD, MS-CI
Nicholas Johnson MD, MS-CI Neuromuscular clinic
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Rachel D Livingston, CPNP
Rachel Livingston CPNP Neurology Read more
Erica M. Mitchell, FNP
Erica Mitchell FNP Neurology Read more
Lawrence Morton, MD
Lawrence Morton MD Neurology
Neurofibromatosis program
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Ashley M Perry, CPNP
Ashley Perry CPNP Neurology Read more
Dawn M Saborit, MSN, CPNP
Dawn Saborit MSN, CPNP Neurology
Neurofibromatosis program
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Ewa Way, MD
Ewa Way MD Neurology Read more
Nassim Zecavati, MD, MPH, FAAN
Nassim Zecavati MD, MPH, FAAN Neurology Read more


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