Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Ranked Among Best Children’s Hospitals

Updated: 6/17/2013

Neurology and Neurosurgery Included in US News & World Report 2013-2014 Special Edition of Best Children’s Hospitals



Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo is once again ranked by US News & World Report in its 2013-2014 special edition of the Best Children's Hospitals.

This is the third straight year Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo has been included by US News & World Report in this special edition. Among the specialty areas within children's hospitals included in this publication, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has been ranked in Neurology, Neurosurgery and Cancer care in 2011–2012 and Gastroenterology in 2012–2013.

For 2013-2014, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is again ranked in the top 50 children’s hospitals in Neurology and Neurosurgery among the nearly 200 hospitals invited to participate. This annual special edition of Best Children’s Hospitals by US News & World Report will be published in August.

“This national recognition of once again being named one of the best children’s hospitals is a great source of pride for our patients and their families, physicians, nurses and all of us associated with Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo,” said Allegra Jaros, MBA, vice president, chief operating officer, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. “Our community is incredibly fortunate to have immediate access to the teams of pediatric surgeons and a full panel of pediatric medical subspecialists that are only available in Western New York at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, which continues to be recognized as among the best in the United States.”

The ranking recognizes the broad scope of services, expertise and academic commitment throughout the neurosciences at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in collaboration with UBMD Neurology and UB Neurosurgery. This includes two sites of academic child neurology clinics, the inpatient child neurology service, the recently recognized Level IV Regional Epilepsy Monitoring Center, the Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center of Excellence and the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

This national recognition could not be earned without ongoing support and coordination with the hospital’s teams of pediatric surgeons and pediatric medical subspecialists, including the region’s largest, most advanced and safest neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.  

Clinical teams throughout Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo whose collaboration with neurology and neurosurgery is also documented as part of the extensive survey submitted to be considered for this ranking of best children’s hospitals includes those who comprise the Western New York Regional Pediatric Trauma and PerinatalCenters and all other clinical areas and staff.

Neurosurgery at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is led by Veetai Li, MD, chief, pediatric neurosurgery, clinical associate professor of neurosurgery, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Li and his team, including Sara Rivera, MS, CPNP, and Tiffany Hark, MS, CPNP, perform variety of complex neurosurgical procedures. Renee Reynolds, MD, will join this team in September as assistant professor of neurological surgery, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

The neurology program consists of the following group of devoted academic child neurologists with subspecialty expertise: Arie Weinstock, MD, associate professor, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and medical director child neurology and epilepsy; Thomas J. Langan MD, associate professor and residency program director (child neurology, headaches, newborn neurology and Hunter James Kelly Research Institute for Krabbe Disease); Susan L. Kerr, MD, associate professor, (child neurology, epilepsy and the MDA clinics); Sarah G. Finnegan, MD, PhD, associate professor, (child neurology, epilepsy and movement disorders); Michael E. Cohen, MD, professor of child neurology (academic child neurology); Osman Farooq, MD, assistant professor (epilepsy, child stroke neurology and pediatric MS); Michelle Hartley-McAndrew, MD, assistant professor and director of the Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center; Bianca Weinstock-Guttman MD, professor of neurology and director, Pediatric MS Center; Dianna Kachurek, PNP; and Cheryl Lewis, FNP.

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility and teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric, neonatal, perinatal and obstetrical services in Western New York and beyond. For more information, please go online at www.wchob.org.