The Children's Neurology and Epilepsy Center, based at Saint Clare's Hospital/Denville is comprised of a team of renowned physicians, accomplished technologists, and a dedicated medical support staff – all working together to offer the most advanced, specialized care for our pediatric neurology patients and their families. Our skilled team is dedicated not only to providing expert medical care, but to recognizing the unique needs of each of our patients in order to provide the compassion, kindness, and comforting environment that your child deserves.
Our Neurodiagnostic Technologists
Our skilled neurology team consists of five qualified and well-trained technologists that work together with physicians and nurses to ensure that the best possible care is given to your child. The neurology team prides itself on emphasizing that every child is treated as an individual. Our team also works with physicians and your child to accomplish testing without the need for sedation. Our neurodiagnostic technologists, Sandra Pressimone, BA, R.EEG,T. (Manager) and Colleen Guerriere, BA, R. EEG, T., are both board registered technologists with over sixteen years of combined clinical experience in adult and pediatric neurology.
Our Pediatric Nurses
Our team of pediatric nurses has received specialized training in the care of children with epilepsy. We pride ourselves on our "high tech" and "high touch" atmosphere, and we promote a family-friendly environment. The unit is under the supervision of Beth Waters, RN, BSN, CPEN who specializes in the care of pediatric patients and is certified in pediatric emergency medicine.
Our Pediatric Hospitalists
Saint Clare's Hospital/Denville has a pediatrician present in the hospital 24 hours a day to handle any pediatric emergency that might arise. Pediatric hospitalists are trained, qualified, board-certified pediatricians, not resident physicians in training.
The Children's Neurology and Epilepsy Center is directed by pediatric neurologists who are acknowledged as leaders in their field. Our physicians' specialties include, but are not limited to, seizures and epilepsy, headaches, concussion, stroke, tics and Tourette syndrome, neuromuscular disorders, autistic disorders, ADHD, and language disorders.
Sandy P. Waran, MD, the medical director, has more than 25 years experience and has treated numerous children in northern New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Waran has conducted research, written, and lectured on pediatric neurological disorders. He holds certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with specialization in child neurology, and the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology. He was recognized by his colleagues as being one of the top doctors in his field in November 2009, published in NJ Monthly magazine. In addition to the Children's Neurology and Epilepsy Center at Saint Clare's, Dr. Waran maintains the Children's Neurology Center, a private practice in Morris County.
Trevor DeSouza, MD, associate director, has served as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/New Jersey Medical School. Since 1998, Dr. DeSouza has been recognized as a “Top Doctor” several times by NJ Monthly magazine, and consistently listed among “Top Doctors in America” in a survey conducted by Woodward/White, Inc. In 2010 Dr. DeSouza was named one of “America’s Top Doctors” (Child Neurology) by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. He holds certifications from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with specialization in child neurology and the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. DeSouza practices with Dr. Waran at the Children's Neurology and Epilepsy Center at Saint Clare's as well as the Children's Neurology Center in Morris County.
Leonid Topper, MD, pediatric neurologist, has served as the attending pediatric neurology physician for the Brain Tumor Center at the Schneider Children's Hospital in New York. He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of pediatric and neonatal neurology and neuroimaging. He is board certified in both pediatric and adult neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and holds membership in the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health in the United Kingdom. Dr. Topper practices with Dr. Waran and Dr. DeSouza at The Children's Neurology and Epilepsy Program at Saint Clare's as well as the Children's Neurology Center in Morris County.