Brandon Meaney

Division of Neurology

Message from Division Head, Brandon Meaney

Improving the lives of children and youth with neurologic conditions is what motivates us to constantly be at the forefront of pediatric care. Our pediatric neurologists bring expert training and highly specialized knowledge to bear on the full breadth of conditions that affect the neurologic health of children.

We actively collaborate with colleagues locally and worldwide in related specialties including neurosurgery, neuroradiology, genetics and immunology, to provide leading edge care, meaningful advances through research, and education for the next generation of providers.


We believe in family-centered care, and empowering patients and families through counselling and education. We know that the best outcomes can be achieved only when we work to know the patient as a whole child and develop a treatment plan together with the family.

In our daily work we value collaboration, innovation, diversity, honesty, passion, and compassion. 

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With our focus on the future, we are passionately committed to teaching and inspiring medical students and residents to become the next generation of first-class care providers in neurology and pediatrics, and future leaders in their fields. 

Our divisional members are actively involved in undergraduate medical education, as well as the training of residents in pediatrics, neurology, and psychiatry. 

We offer a Royal College accredited five-year Pediatric Neurology Residency Training Program that is highly regarded for its innovative curriculum and highly engaged teaching staff.


We provide proactive, leading edge care for the full range of conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves.

Clinical Services

We provide care for such conditions as:

  • Epilepsy
  • Developmental delay
  • Headache
  • Neuro-immunologic disorders
  • Demyelinating disorders
  • Movement disorders (including Tourette syndrome)
  • Stroke
  • Spasticity
  • Rare neurogenetic and neurometabolic diseases

Our out-patient services include our general neurology clinics as well as specialized clinics that focus on:

  • Complex epilepsy, including assessment for epilepsy surgery, vagus nerve stimulation, and provision of liberalized forms of diet therapy for epilepsy.
  • Spasticity, with multidisciplinary assessment of children and youth with cerebral palsy, management of medications and botulinum toxin injections and ethanol nerve blocks.

For inpatients at McMaster Children’s Hospital we provide consultation to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), general pediatric wards, the Pediatric Oncology ward, and the Child and Youth Mental Health Inpatient Unit.

Detailed diagnostic analysis of seizures is able to be undertaken through continuous inpatient video-EEG recordings which are carried out in our busy two-bed EMU (Epilepsy Monitoring Unit).

We work closely with expert colleagues and allied health team members with the goal of optimizing the potential of every single child in our care.


Our divisional members are actively involved in clinical and translational research geared toward advancing the limits of our knowledge, and improving the lives of the patients we see. At any time, various research projects may be ongoing, and patients and families seen by our neurologists may be offered participation in clinical research studies, when appropriate.

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