Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Congenital Brain Anomalies

The CDRC Congenital Brain Anomalies Program works with families who have concerns about the normal brain development of a child.

The brain of a child is unique, not simply a smaller version of the adult brain. During infancy and childhood, more than a hundred billion brain cells develop highly specialized integrated networks, a critical process that allows child to walk, talk and learn small motor skills. This process of development puts the child's brain in a delicate balance, on one hand it is extremely vulnerable to disease and injury; pediatric brain disorders are very common and the number of children affected is on the rise nationwide.

The developing pediatric brain also shows remarkable resilience and capability to rewire, a unique phenomenon called plasticity that provides a window of opportunity for neurological recovery only during the first decade of life. This delicate balance poses special challenges to the care of the child's brain.  Our comprehensive program provides care to children with specific and complex medical needs. A team of dedicated pediatric neurological specialists provide family centered care offering the latest treatment options and outreach activities.

Program Director Dr. Joseph Pinter, is a board-certified Pediatric Neurologist with a long-standing interest in normal and abnormal brain development. 

The goals of the clinic are to provide information to gain a better understanding of these conditions, evaluate children with regard to their developmental and medical issues, and to help families obtain appropriate therapy and medical resources, including helping families access appropriate medical research or support organizations.

Services provided

We treat children with:

  • attention deficit and learning disorders
  • Autism
  • Brain tumors
  • Cerebral Palsy and movement disorders
  • Epilepsy and sleep Disorders

The Brain Anomalies Program also offers a full spectrum of neuroimaging diagnostic services, including the latest CT/MRI scan sequences, and ultrasonography to support the detection of even the most subtle brain abnormalities.

Among the services we provide, are issues related to structural malformation diagnoses among children including:

  • Microcephaly
  • Macrocephaly
  • Schizencephaly
  • Lissencephaly/Pachygyria
  • Agenesis of Corpus Callosum
  • Holoprosencephaly
  • Septo-optic dysplasia
  • Porencephaly
  • Hydranencephaly

Contact us

Child Development and Rehabilitation Center
707 S.W. Gaines Street
Portland, OR 97239