Ranking Among the Best Children’s Hospitals in the US Celebrated by Patients, Families, Their Doctors and Staff

Released: 9/13/2013

US News & World Report Publishes Its National Ranking of Neurology and Neurosurgery


(L to R): Dr. Veetai Li next to his patient Ethan and with parents Shannon and Joe along with Nicole, her parents Tracey and Tim, and their physician Dr. Arie Weinstock.

Patients, families, their physicians, nurses and other staff gathered at to announce and celebrate Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo's inclusion by US News & World Report in its current 2013-2014 special edition of Best Children's Hospitals.

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This is the third straight year Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo has been included by US News & World Report in this special edition, published in late August.  Among the specialty areas within children's hospitals included in this publication, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is ranked in the top 50 children’s hospitals in Neurology and Neurosurgery with the nearly 200 hospitals invited to be considered for 2013-2014. 

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo was also ranked in Neurology, Neurosurgery and Cancer care in 2011 – 2012 and Gastroenterology in 2012 – 2013.

“This national recognition of being named among the best children’s hospitals is a great source of pride for our patients, their families, physicians, nurses and all others associated with Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo,” said Cheryl Klass, President, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Senior Vice President of Operations, Buffalo General Medical Center.   “It has been recognized throughout the United States that our entire community of Western New York and beyond receives excellent specialized pediatric and women’s health services that are among the best available.”

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 academic child neurology clinics, the inpatient child neurology service, the 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 teams of pediatric surgeons and pediatric medical subspecialists, including the region’s largest, most advanced and safest neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, which are only available throughout Western New York at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo,” Klass added.

All other clinical teams and staff throughout Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo collaborate with and support neurology and neurosurgery in achieving this ranking among the best children’s hospitals, including those who comprise the Western New York Regional Pediatric Trauma and PerinatalCenters.

Neurosurgery at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is led by Veetai Li., MD, Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, University at BuffaloSchool 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, has joined this team in September as Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, University at BuffaloSchool of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. 

The Neurology program consists of the following group of devoted academic child neurologists with subspecialty expertise: Arie Weinstock, MD, Clinical 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, Clinical Associate Professor, (child neurology, epilepsy and the MDA clinics), Sarah G. Finnegan, MD, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, (child neurology, epilepsy and movement disorders), Michael E. Cohen, MD, Professor of Child Neurology (academic child neurology),  Osman Farooq, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor (epilepsy, child stroke neurology and pediatric MS), Michelle Hartley-McAndrew, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center, and Bianca Weinstock-Guttman MD, Professor of Neurology and Director, Pediatric MS Center.

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.

Additional information available: http://www.wchob.org/neurosurgery