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The Institute of Neurology

The Institute of Neurology at Schneider Children’s annually treats about 9000 children, who suffer from various illnesses and disorders stemming from damage of the central nervous system. Institute specialists provide a broad range of multidisciplinary services for children with neurological, physical, developmental and language problems, and learning disabilities. A substantial proportion of the children are referred for second or third opinion, and come from all parts of Israel as well as from abroad.

Director of the Institute
Dr. Tamar Steinberg

Location: 4th Floor - The Glass Building
Hours: Sundays – Thursdays, 08:00-14:00
Tel: 972-3-9253615 (08:00 - 14:00)
Fax: 972-3-9253887
Clinics: Epilepsy, Neuromuscular Diseases, Neuroimmunology, Neurogenetics,
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), SMA, Neurocutaneous Syndromes Clinic
Email: [email protected]
Appointments: 972-3-9253210, Sunday to Thursday, 08:00-15:00; Holiday eves and intermediary holidays: 08:00-12:00

Senior Physicians

Dr. Sharon Aharoni
Dr. Roni Cohen
Dr. Esther Ganlin-Cohen
Prof. Hadassah Goldberg-Stern
Dr. Ayelet Halevi
Dr. Alla Kuzminsky
Dr. Dror Kraus
Dr. Amir Pshytycky
Prof. Rachel Straussberg

Head Nurse

Tammy Taizi

Medical Services

  • Epilepsy with ketogenic diet
  • Neurogenetic and metabolic disorders
  • Neurofibromatosis and other neurocutaneous syndromes
  • Headaches
  • Mental retardation
  • Movement and tic disorders
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Autoimmune and inflammatory conditions of the nervous system
  • Abnormal head circumference (microcephaly, macrocephaly)

Epilepsy Clinic

Epilepsy is a worrisome disorder due to seizures and their effect on every aspect of the child’s functioning, the need for medications and drug side effects, and repetitive blood tests and EEG recordings. Clinic staff provides comprehensive care to
youngsters from all over the country.

Prof. Hadassah Goldberg-Stern

Head Nurse:
Tammy Taizi

Tamar moria zanani
Lames Jbara
Alona Meged
Sara Ashtamker

Medical Services:

  • All types of Epilepsy
  • Medication plan
  • Selective use of new anti-epileptic drugs
  • Electroencephalograms (EEG)
  • Ketogenic diet

Hours: Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, 08:30-14:30
Tel: 972-3-9253615
Fax: 972-3-9253887
Appointments: 972-3-9253210, Sunday to Thursday, 08:00-15:00; Holiday eves and intermediary holidays: 08:00-12:00
Appointment Form

Neuromuscular Diseases Clinic

Clinic staff diagnoses and treats children with a range of neuromuscular diseases:

  • Muscular atrophy and Congenital muscular disorders
  • Proximal Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Neuromuscular junction disorders including congenital and autoimmune myasthenia
  • Developmental motor disorders including hypertonia

Senior Physician:
Dr. Sharon Aharoni

Head Nurse:
Tammy Taizi

Hours: Mondays, 08:30-14:30
Tel: 972-3-9253615
Appointments: 972-3-9253615, Sunday to Thursday, 08:00-14:00

Neuroimmunology Clinic

Clinic staff specializes in diagnosing and treating autoimmune inflammatory conditions of the Central Nervous System (CNS). Treatment focuses on evaluation, appropriate therapy, medications and follow-up. The latest immunomodulatory medications are individually prescribed where needed. Children are treated for the following conditions:

  • Spectrum of Demyelinative Diseases: Multiple Sclerosis, Optic Neuritis, Neuromyelitis Optica, Transverse Myelitis, and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Limbic Encephalitis
  • Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome (OMS)
  • Vasculitis of the CNS\
  • Autoimmune Epilepsy

Dr. Esther Ganlin-Cohen

Hours: Mondays, 08:30-15:00
Tel: 972-3-9253615
Fax: 972-3-9253887
Appointments: 972-3-9253210, Sunday to Thursday, 08:00-15:00; Holiday eves and intermediary holidays: 08:00-12:00
Appointment Form




Neurogenetic Clinic

Clinic staff focuses on identifying genetic sources of neurological disease. Diagnosis assists both the child who receives the appropriate medical treatment without undergoing further tests, as well as his family which receives assistance in future family planning. Among the genetic syndromes for which children are tested:
  • Hypotonia
  • Spasticity
  • Microcephaly
  • Macrocephaly
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Movement disorders
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Diseases of the white and grey matter in the central nervous system

Medical Services:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of children with neurogenetic disorders
  • Appropriate medication and follow-up
  • Genetic counseling
  • Long term care following diagnosis

Prof. Rachel Straussberg

Head Nurse:
Tammy Taizi

Hours: Mondays, 08:30-14:30
Tel: 972-3-9253615
Fax: 972-3-9253887
Appointments: 972-3-9253210, Sunday to Thursday, 08:00-15:00; Holiday eves and intermediary holidays: 08:00-12:00
Appointment Form

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Clinic

The clinic treats children with muscular dystrophy (Duchenne) and comprises a multidisciplinary team of a neurologist, orthopedist, pulmonologist, dietician and physical therapist. Children are treated by the Neurology Institute in Day Care to enable comprehensive evaluation by the various specialists. Parents receive a written report of the findings.

Head Nurse:
Tammy Taizi

Hours: Once a month, the first Monday in each month, 08:00-14:00
Appointments: 972-3-9253615, Sunday to Thursday, 08:00-14:00

Letter from the community physician together with the payment guarantee
Referral by doctors at Schneider Children’s




The SMA Clinic

TThe Clinic for SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) at Schneider Children’s operates within the Institute of Pediatric Neurology, and treats infants, children and adolescents from all over the country.

The multidisciplinary clinic is headed by senior neurologist Dr. Sharon Aharoni and provides advanced care alongside research studies, in keeping with leading pediatric centers around the world. It is the only service of its kind in Israel authorized by the Ministry of Health to provide gene therapy for SMA (Zolgensma).


Initially, the child is examined by a neuromuscular specialist, who conducts an assessment and recommends further tests. Thereafter, the neuromuscular team comprising a pulmonologist, physical and occupational therapists, nutritionist, orthopedist and social worker, recommends an appropriate treatment plan designed to the needs of the child and his family.


Clinical Services

  • Speedy clinical and genetic diagnosis of the disorder
  • Multidisciplinary assessment and treatment based upon the consensus statement for standard of care.
  • Pulmonary support
  • Regular administration under sedation of Spinraza (Nusinersen) within the framework of Surgical Day Care; the child is discharged after two hours
  • In complicated patients with spinal fixation Spinraza is administered by an Invasive Radiologist under X ray scanning in the Catheterization Unit.

The SMA Clinic Team


Dr. Sharon Aharoni

Head Nurse:

Tami Taizi

Prof. Yoram Nevo, Director of the Institute of Pediatric Neurology
Dr. Alla Kuzminsky, Neurologist
Dr. Hagit Levin, Pulmonologist
Dr. Yelena Tzeitlin, Director of Anesthesiology
Dr. Eli Perlov, Invasive Radiologist
Dr. Naama Orenstein, Director of Genetic Services
Tania Moss, Tami Schneiderman, Physical Therapists
Keshet Leibowitz, Social Worker
Yuliana Eshel, Director of Occupational Therapy Services
Inbal Kllem, Occupational Therapist
Danit Javsky, Nutritionist
Ori Raz, Liraz Kraus, Research Coordinators


Neurocutaneous Syndromes Clinic

Our multidisciplinary clinic evaluates and cares for children with complex Neurocutaneous syndromes that may affect both the nervous system and skin:

  • Neurofibromatosis Type 1
  • Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)
  • Sturge–Weber Syndrome
  • Additional neuro-developmental  disorders that affect the skin.

Dr.Rony Cohen

Head Nurse:
Tammy Taizi

Monday to Thursday, 08:00-14:30
Tel: 972-3-9253615
Fax: 972-3-9253887


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