Child Neurology

Child neurologists are specially trained physicians who combine an expertise in diagnosing and treating disorders of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, muscles, nerves) with an understanding of medical disorders in childhood and the special needs of children and their families and environments.




Child neurologists are specially trained physicians who combine an expertise in diagnosing and treating disorders of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, muscles, nerves) with an understanding of medical disorders in childhood and the special needs of children and their families and environments. Our division’s child neurologists care for children with the following diagnoses:

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Education

Child Neurology Residency Program

The Division of Child Neurology accepts one resident each year for a categorical residency training program. 

Led by Dr. Ewa Way and Dr. Lawrence Morton, the child neurology residency program allows increasing patient-care responsibility across three years of training. During the first year, emphasis is on the foundations of clinical neurology – primarily bedside anatomic localization and clinical diagnosis.  Learn more about the Child Neurology Residency Program




Specialty care is also available for children with multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases of the nervous system. We also offer multidisciplinary care for patients with neurofibromatosis at the recently created, multidisciplinary neurofibromatosis clinic.  

The primary outpatient location is at the Children's Pavilion of CHoR in downtown Richmond. We also offer services at CHoR’s satellite clinics at Chesterfield Meadows and Fredericksburg Multispecialty Center.  

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

1000 E. Broad St. 
Richmond, VA 23219

Chesterfield Meadows

6433 Centralia Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Fredericksburg Multispecialty Center

10528 Spotsylvania Ave.
Fredericksburg, VA 22408




About the Chair

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About the Chair

Lawrence Morton is the Division’s third Chair. In 2016 he was named the John M. Pellock Professor of Neurology, a distinction created in honor of his predecessor, who served as Division Chair for nearly 20 years. After completing child neurology training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Morton came to Richmond for epilepsy training at VCU. 

With a primary interest in epilepsy, his collaboration with Dr. Pellock and neurosurgeons was instrumental in starting VCU's pediatric epilepsy program.




Lawrence Morton, M.D. [View Image]

Lawrence Morton, M.D.

Division Chair; Program Director

Lawrence Morton, M.D. [View Image]

Lawrence Morton, M.D.

Division Chair; Program Director

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Child Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Chair, Division of Child Neurology
Program Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship
Professor

Phone: 804-828-0442

Fax: 804-828-6690

Email: Lawrence.Morton@vcuhealth.org

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Amy Harper, M.D. [View Image]

Amy Harper, M.D.

Associate Professor

Amy Harper, M.D. [View Image]

Amy Harper, M.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Child Neurology, Neuromuscular

Phone: 804-828-0442

Fax: 804-828-6690

Email: Amy.Harper@vcuhealth.org

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Debra Hearington, PNP [View Image]

Debra Hearington, PNP

Nurse Practitioner

Debra Hearington, PNP [View Image]

Debra Hearington, PNP

Nurse Practitioner

Department of Neurology

Division of Child Neurology

Phone: 804-828-6035

Fax: 804-828-6690

Email: Debra.Hearington@vcuhealth.org

David Jaffe, M.D., F.A.A.P. [View Image]

David Jaffe, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Associate Clinical Professor

David Jaffe, M.D., F.A.A.P. [View Image]

David Jaffe, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Associate Clinical Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Child Neurology

Email: David.Jaffe@vcuhealth.org

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Chad P. Johnson, Ph.D. LCP [View Image]

Chad P. Johnson, Ph.D. LCP

Assistant Professor

Chad P. Johnson, Ph.D. LCP [View Image]

Chad P. Johnson, Ph.D. LCP

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Child Neurology
Child Neuropsychologist

Phone: 804-828-0445

Email: Chad.Johnson@vcuhealth.org

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Arun Kalra, M.D. [View Image]

Arun Kalra, M.D.

Clinical Professor

Arun Kalra, M.D. [View Image]

Arun Kalra, M.D.

Clinical Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Child Neurology

Phone: 804-628-4168

Email: Arun.Kalra@vcuhealth.org

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Rachel Livingston, DNP, CPNP [View Image]

Rachel Livingston, DNP, CPNP

Nurse Practitioner

Rachel Livingston, DNP, CPNP [View Image]

Rachel Livingston, DNP, CPNP

Nurse Practitioner

Department of Neurology

Division of Child Neurology

Phone: 804-828-0442

Fax: 804-828-6690

Email: Rachel.Livingston@vcuhealth.org

Ashley Perry, CPNP-PC [View Image]

Ashley Perry, CPNP-PC

Nurse Practitioner

Ashley Perry, CPNP-PC [View Image]

Ashley Perry, CPNP-PC

Nurse Practitioner

Department of Neurology

Division of Child Neurology

Sanjai Rao, D.O. [View Image]

Sanjai Rao, D.O.

Assistant Professor

Sanjai Rao, D.O. [View Image]

Sanjai Rao, D.O.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Medical Director, Pediatric Neurology
Division of Child Neurology

Phone: 804-628-2036

Email: sanjai.rao@vcuhealth.org

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Christine Rucker [View Image]

Christine Rucker

Administrative Assistant

Christine Rucker [View Image]

Christine Rucker

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Support

Division of Child Neurology

Phone: 804-628-2036

Email: Christine.Rucker@vcuhealth.org

Dawn Saborit, MA, MS, RN, CPNP [View Image]

Dawn Saborit, MA, MS, RN, CPNP

Nurse Practitioner

Dawn Saborit, MA, MS, RN, CPNP [View Image]

Dawn Saborit, MA, MS, RN, CPNP

Nurse Practitioner

Department of Neurology, Child Neurology

Mathula Thangarajh, M.D. [View Image]

Mathula Thangarajh, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Mathula Thangarajh, M.D. [View Image]

Mathula Thangarajh, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Division of Child Neurology

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Ewa M. Way, M.D. [View Image]

Ewa M. Way, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director

Ewa M. Way, M.D. [View Image]

Ewa M. Way, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director

Department of Neurology

Division of Child Neurology
Associate Program Director for Child Neurology Residency Program

Nassim Zecavati, MD, MPH, FAAN [View Image]

Nassim Zecavati, MD, MPH, FAAN

Associate Professor, Director of Epilepsy

Nassim Zecavati, MD, MPH, FAAN [View Image]

Nassim Zecavati, MD, MPH, FAAN

Associate Professor, Director of Epilepsy

Department of Neurology

Division of Child Neurology
Director of Epilepsy at the Children's Hospital of Richmond

Email: Nassim.Zecavati@vcuhealth.org

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