Aaron D. Boes, MD, PhD
Division Director

The Division of Child Neurology is committed to providing excellent clinical care, educating trainees at all levels, and advancing knowledge through biomedical research. All child neurology faculty members are board certified in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology. Child neurology faculty members work together with pediatric neurology nurse practitioners and specialized nursing staff to deliver outstanding care in all aspects of child neurology. Faculty and staff work closely with other clinicians throughout the UI Healthcare system offer our patients comprehensive care. The division has particular clinical expertise in epilepsy, neurogenetics and neuromuscular disorders. As part of the Iowa Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, the division provides a full range of treatment and evaluation including ketogenic diet, vagal nerve stimulator, and surgical evaluation. The neuromuscular program provides multidisciplinary care to individuals with diseases of the muscles or nerves. Child neurology clinics are held in the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Pediatric Specialty Clinic and in outreach clinics across the state of Iowa.

The Division of Child Neurology is dedicated to educating the next generation of clinicians about child neurology. The division participates in the education of medical students, residents in pediatrics, neurology, and psychiatry, and future child neurologists. Our current Child Neurology Residency Program opened in 2007. It is integrated with the pediatrics residency program, is closely aligned with the adult neurology training program and provides an rich environment for learning. We are excited about sharing our love of child neurology with the physicians of the future.

Child neurology faculty members have active research activities across the spectrum of clinical, translational, and basic science. Faculty members participate in, or direct, natural history studies in neuromuscular disease and epilepsy. They participate in national and international clinical trials of possible treatments in neuromuscular diseases. Child neurology faculty members have participated in identifying new genes that cause epilepsy and other genetic disorders of the nervous system, and study the effect of toxins or viruses on the developing brain. Faculty members are also active within the Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center, which explores therapeutic strategies for the treatment of various muscular dystrophies.

Division Contact Information

Division of Child Neurology
Stead Family Department of Pediatrics
University of Iowa
BT 1300 GH
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

Division Support Staff

  • Kati Jumper
  • Karolyn Leary
  • Tami Vernon