Kathy Mathews, MD
Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology
I congratulate you on your choice of child neurology as a specialty. Child neurology is among the most intellectually demanding, complex and deeply rewarding specialties in pediatrics and neurology. It also offers great job security, as there continues to be a national shortage of child neurologists.
The Division of Child Neurology at the University of Iowa has undergone rapid growth in the past three years. We have six faculty members, with a range of clinical and research expertise. Areas of clinical expertise include neurogenetics, epilepsy, neuro-ophthalmology, and neuromuscular disorders. Current funded research activities include neurogenetics of epilepsy, fetal alcohol syndrome, Alexander disease, prenatal viral infection, retinal neurophysiology, neuroblastoma, and clinical studies in muscular dystrophies. This is an exciting time for the division, as the addition of new faculty has infused our service with new ideas and enthusiasm.
The University of Iowa offers an outstanding environment for training in child neurology. Our colleagues in other departments and divisions are superb and will play an active role in your training, either through formal rotations or through interactions in the setting of patient care. A few of these include pediatric psychology, genetics, neuropathology, pediatric neurosurgery, neuro-ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric otolaryngology, and pediatric orthopedics. The department also has a division of developmental disabilities that provides multi-disciplinary chronic care.
Our training program is both comprehensive and flexible. We are committed to ensuring that each resident finishes training with a high level of clinical skill in general child neurology, and that each resident has the opportunity to explore areas of special interest, either in the research setting or in the clinical sphere.