Dr. Juan Pascual to Lead Child Neurology at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Juan Pascual

NEW YORK (Feb. 16, 2023)—Dr. Juan Pascual, a leading pediatric neurologist, has been appointed chief of the Division of Child Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine, effective March 1.

 In his new role, Dr. Pascual will oversee the child and neonatal neurology divisions with a focus on increasing access to high-quality care, expanding scientific research, and recruiting and developing faculty, clinicians and researchers. Dr. Pascual was recruited to Weill Cornell Medicine as a professor of pediatrics, of neurology and of neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute and an affiliate faculty member in the Sage School of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences on Cornell’s Ithaca campus. He will also grow the rare brain disorders program for patients with undiagnosed, complex or severe neurological diseases.

 “Dr. Pascual is a remarkable leader in pediatric neurology and a world-renowned researcher who is committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care to young patients and their families, and we are thrilled to welcome him to NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine,” said Dr. Sallie Permar, pediatrician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine.

 “As a scientist, my mission is to transform the power of biology and engineering into meaningful diagnoses, treatments and understanding for patients,” said Dr. Pascual. “Each patient is unique, and it’s essential to harness the most promising scientific innovations and apply them to what is truly important for each person. I look forward to leading the outstanding pediatric neurology team as we achieve this goal.”

 Dr. Pascual joins NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he directed the rare brain disorders program. As one of the few actively practicing pediatric neurologists in the nation who is also a laboratory scientist, Dr. Pascual specializes in genetic and metabolic diseases of the nervous and neuromuscular systems in infants, children and adults, with an emphasis on complex disorders. He has also authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and textbooks.

 Dr. Pascual earned his medical degree with unique distinction from Universidad de Granada, Spain, followed by a doctorate in molecular physiology and biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine and in neurology and pediatric neurology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.


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