The Pediatric Neurosurgery program at Oishei Children's Hospital includes the only full time, fellowship trained pediatric neurosurgeons in this region, Veetai Li, MD and Renée Reynolds, MD.

The department offers the full spectrum of pediatric neurosurgical care. The most common diagnosis in the practice is Hydrocephalus and the full armamentarium of treatment for this entity is offered. Additionally, the team participates in several comprehensive multi-disciplinary clinics at Oishei Children's Hospital, which include Neuro-oncology Clinic, which treats children with tumors of the brain and spinal cord; the Spina Bifida Center of Western New York, which offers the full spectrum of medical and surgical care for children and adults with congenital spinal cord malformations; Spasticity Clinic, which provides medical and neurosurgical treatment of spasticity in children; Craniofacial Clinic, which is geared towards evaluating and treating children with congenital malformations of the skull and facial region including Craniosynostosis; and the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, which provides advanced evaluation and care for children and adults with epilepsy.

Finally, the pediatric neurosurgical team participates in the management of trauma patients with brain and spinal cord injuries.

Dr. Li has expertise in minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques including Endoscopic Surgery and Stereotaxy (framed and frameless), allowing for more precise and less traumatic removal of brain tumors and other brain lesions. He uses intra-operative functional mapping and electrocorticography for patients with tumors or other lesions in sensitive areas of the brain and for Epilepsy surgery. 

Additional care is provided by pediatric nurse practitioner, Sara Rivera, RN, MS, CPNP. She provides continuity for both inpatient and outpatient care and is a tremendous educational resource for families.

Types of diagnoses covered:

  • Brain and spinal cord tumors (pediatric neuro-oncology)
  • Hydrocephalus 
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Spinal Dysraphism (Spina Bifida)
  • Surgery for Epilepsy (pediatric and adult) 
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Trauma
  • Congenital Brain anomalies 
  • Chiari Malformations
  • Syringomyelia
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders (Moya Moya disease)
  • Brachial Plexus and peripheral nerve injuries
  • Movement Disorders