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SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

Passeig Sant Joan de Déu, 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat

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Quirófano de neurocirugía del Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona

At the Neurosurgery department of the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital we use high-precision surgical techniques to treat disorders affecting the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral (peripheral nerve).

We perform care work both in general areas, such as craniofacial malformations, pathology of the rachis (spine) and spinal cord (spina bifida) vascular pathology, head trauma and hydrocephalus, as well as in specific areas, the latter in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams: epilepsy and movement disorders, neuro-oncology and foetal pathology, among others.

The Neurosurgery department develops and participates in multidisciplinary programs with sophisticated treatments for: epilepsy surgery, movement disorders, minimally invasive craniofacial surgery, neuroendoscopy, complex neuro-oncological surgery, surgical for spasticity or cranio-cervical disorders (Chiari malformation or craniocervical instability), among others.

We have intraoperative support systems such as neuronavigation, robots, hybrid operating rooms or state-of-the-art microscopes.

We have European accreditations for the treatment of complex craniofacial malformations (ERN CRANIO), epilepsy (ERN EpiCARE) and nervous system tumors (ERN PaedCAN), and we are in contact with other European centers and specialists.

We perform these surgeries within a comprehensive management programme, in collaboration with Primary Care centres and with the rest of the related hospitals (European and national), thus achieving a continuous and close follow-up of our patients, during childhood. and their subsequent follow-up as adults.


  • Members of the European Network of Rare Diseases of Craniofacial Anomalies (ERN CRANIO).
  • Participants in the European Reference Network for Rare and Complex Epilepsies (ERN EpiCARE) and the European Reference Network for Paediatric Cancer (PaedCAN).
  • CSUR of the Ministry of Health as a reference unit in the treatment of:
    • Complex pediatric neurosurgery.
    • Refractory epilepsy.
    • Movement disorders.
    • Neuromuscular diseases.

Why SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital?

Our experience

In 2022, almost 500 surgeries were performed, with a low rate of reoperation and reinfection. These included 120 cases of brain tumours and 45 cases of refractory epilepsy.

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Our operating rooms

We are pioneers in minimally invasive surgery used in Neurosurgery.

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We are a group of more than 600 professionals of all paediatric specialities trained at the world's best hospitals.

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Specialties and services

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Pathologies we treat

Movement disorders
Craniofacial malformations
Tethered Cord Syndrome
Conus medullaris lipoma
Head trauma
Spine and spinal cord pathology
Vascular pathology
Neonatal neurosurgery

Treatments we offer

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Laser ablation for tumours and epilepsy
Foetal surgery

Tests we run

Intraoperative MRI, CT and ECO imaging

Our professionals

Optimistic and passionate in our efforts: the child is an extraordinary patient, the plasticity of his brain plays in our favour and allows it to recover exceptionally well despite sometimes aggressive treatments. A large percentage of children with tumours of the nervous system achieve a complete cure.


Committed to research, our professionals have a multitude of scientific articles published or in development.

We are part of the BRAIN project:

  • Preoperative navigation and real-time 3D navigation in the operating room. Dr Hinojosa Mena-Bernal; Dr Munuera del Cerro.
  • Anatomical-functional correlation in eloquent motor and language areas using pre- and intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging and navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation. Dr Hinojosa Mena-Bernal; Dr Becerra Castro; Dr Climent Perín; Dr Muchart López; Dr Candela Cantó.

We collaborate with the Oncology Department in other projects such as:

  • Trial Concept Intercontinental YC-MB LR MB. 
  • SIOP EPENDYMOMA II: An International Clinical Program for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Children, Adolescents and Young Adults With Ependymoma (Phase II-III) - BE
  • We also collaborate with the Achondroplasia Unit in the various tests they carry out.

We have action protocols for the different pathologies.

Our technology at the service of science: We evaluate our results and share our experience in order to improve that of other centres.


SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital is a university hospital affiliated with the University of Barcelona, taking part in the training of medical and nursing professionals. In 2023, the Neurosurgery Department has been distinguished as a reference training center by the Federación Latinoamericana de Sociedades de Neurocirugía (latin american federation of neurosurgery societies, FLANC).

As it is a leading national centre in a multitude of pathologies, we receive residents from both the Spanish MIR (Hospital Resident) system, and already trained specialists from many parts of the world who want to carry out internships with us.

Patient stories

A new achievement for SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital announced at Abu Dhabi conference
A 6-year-old boy recovering well after his second neurosurgery to treat a hamartoma
Ivan successfully undergoes his third brain operation
SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, accredited in 21 European Reference Networks
Half of the surgeries performed at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital are highly complex thanks to its "smart" surgical wing