Depending on the needs of the patient, there are different ways to refer to Neurology:

New Neurology Evaluation

Submit a request online or by fax via For Referring Physicians.

Once we receive this information, our staff will contact the family to schedule the appointment. Alternatively, once the referral is received, patients or their families can call to schedule an appointment for themselves.

Fast Track Clinic

Patients with NEW SEIZURES can be seen in the Fast Track Clinic, which has a much shorter wait time than other new patient appointments. To qualify for Fast Track, patients must meet all three of the following criteria:

  1. New onset seizures or concern for seizure
  2. Four weeks of age or older (if younger, then go directly to Emergency Department)
  3. Not seen in our pediatric neurology clinic or evaluated by the inpatient neurology team at PCH within the past three years. if seen within the past three years, ask parents to Contact your Neurologist or Schedule an Appointment for follow up, or the provider can Contact a Neurologist.

To refer to Fast Track, use the referral process above and specify, 'Fast Track Clinic.'

Admissions and Urgent Issues

ADMISSIONS

If you believe your patient needs to be admitted to the hospital for an urgent neurological problem, please call our admit line, 801-66ADMIT (801-662-3648). The receptionist will get all of the necessary people on the line with you (including the neurologist) to facilitate the admission.

URGENT ISSUES

If your patient has an urgent neurological issue not requiring admission but potentially requiring an urgent appointment, please Contact a neurologist to discuss the best course of action.

Questions?

Contact a neurologist if you have questions about this process or concerns not addressed above.

Weekdays: Call 801-587-7575, select the Physician Line option.

For urgent (but not emergent) medical concerns that require prompt attention or an urgent appointment, but not admission to the hospital, ask to speak with the neurologist on-call. The receptionist will immediately contact the appropriate neurologist or practitioner who will return your call within 30 minutes. For admission to the hospital please see how to refer for “Admissions and Urgent Issues.”

For non-urgent concerns, such as medication dose changes, coordination of care issues etc, ask to leave a message for a specific provider.

New! Message Log Peds Neurology

Do you use the Help2 Electronic Medical Record? If so, you can send a non-urgent question via Message Log: ‘pedsUofU, neurology.’ This inbox is checked daily by an attending neurologist. See the screen shot below to see how to add us as a clinician/provider.

new Message log

After hours, nights, weekends and holidays: Call PCMC 801-662-1000

Ask to page the on-call neurologist. The on-call neurologist or neurology resident can help you with urgent neurological problems that can’t wait until the next working day. The on call provider can be very busy; he/she will return your call as soon as possible.

Questions?

Contact us at 801-587-7575 or send a Message log to Peds Neurology.

Meagan Barrows, APRN

Meagan Barrows is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). She received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in nursing at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a registered nurse for the Tippecanoe County Heal... Read More

Susan L. Benedict, MD, MS

Dr. Benedict completed her medical degree at Creighton University School of Medicine. She then completed her residency in Pediatrics at Creighton-Nebraska Universities and her Pediatric Neurology subspecialty fellowship training at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is currently Associate Professor in Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology... Read More

Specialties:

Pediatric Neurology

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building 801-213-3599
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton 801-213-3599
St. Vincent Healthcare
Pediatric Neurology
406-237-5340

Joshua L. Bonkowsky, MD, PhD

Dr. Josh Bonkowsky is an associate professor of Pediatric Neurology (Pediatrics) and of Neurology. His undergraduate training was at Harvard University; he obtained his MD and PhD degrees at the University of California, San Diego, and did his Pediatrics and Neurology/Pediatric Neurology training at the University of Utah and Boston Children's Hosp... Read More

Russell J. Butterfield, MD, PhD

Russell Butterfield, MD, PhD received his PhD in mammalian genetics, and medical degree from the University of Illinois. He completed his residency training in pediatric neurology at the University of Utah in June 2009. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics, after completing a fellowship in neuromus... Read More

Specialties:

Muscular Dystrophy, Neurology, Neuromuscular Diseases, Pediatric Neurology

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center 801-213-3599
Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building 801-213-3599
Shriners Hospital for Children
Pediatric Neurology
801-536-3500

Meghan S. Candee, MD, MSc

Dr. Candee completed her medical degree at Albany Medical College after completing a Master's program in the Biochemical Bases of Nutrition at the Institute for Human Nutrition of Columbia University.  She then completed her pediatric residency and subspecialty training in pediatric neurology at the University of Utah, where she was a chief residen... Read More

Specialties:

Pediatric Neurology

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building 801-213-3599
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton 801-213-3599

Francis M. Filloux, MD

Francis Filloux, MD is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children’s Medical Center. He is responsible for administering the Division of Pediatric Neurology and is Program Training Director for the Pediatric Neurology Residency Program. Dr. Filloux is a general child neurologist who... Read More

Specialties:

Neurology, Pediatric Neurology, Psychiatry

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building 801-213-3599
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton 801-213-3599

Lynnette S. Fuller, PA

Lynn Fuller PA-C, RD, is one of our midlevel providers. She received a Bachelors of Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Florida. She worked for seven years as a Dietitian with the Florida Department of Health (Women infants and Children Program), Private Practice in sports nutrition and at Primary Children's Medical Center (PCMC) on t... Read More

Timothy S. Garvey, APRN

Timothy S. Garvey received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin. He subsequently received his BS degree in Nursing along with an MS degree in Social Psychology at University of Utah in 2000. He participated and worked as an applied biostatistician and research collaborator at Valley Mental H... Read More

Specialties:

Pediatric Neurology

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building 801-213-3599
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton 801-213-3599

Nicholas Johnson, MD

Patient Rating:

4.4

4.4 out of 5

Nicholas Johnson, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Pathology at the University of Utah with a focus in inherited neuromuscular disorders. He received his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Psychology at The University of Arizona. He then obtained his medical degree at The University of Arizona. He ... Read More

Lynne M. Kerr, MD, PhD

Dr. Kerr attended Yale University for her undergraduate education and there became interested in the complexities of the nervous system. She majored in neurolinguistics before going on to obtain her PhD in physiology at the University of Virginia. She moved to Utah to do a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr Doju Yoshikami in the Department of Biology.... Read More

Specialties:

Pediatric Neurology

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building 801-213-3599
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton 801-213-3599
Shriners Hospital for Children
Pediatric Neurology
801-536-3500

Michael B. Lloyd, MD

Dr. Lloyd was raised in Wyoming. He attended the University of Wyoming were he obtained a BS in Biochemistry and Microbiology. He then attended the University of Colorado were he obtained a Medical Degree and completed pediatric training. Dr. Lloyd worked as a general pediatrician for 7 years before deciding to obtain further training in Pediatric ... Read More

Specialties:

Pediatric Neurology

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building 801-213-3599
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton 801-213-3599

Clint Nelson, MD

Dr. Nelson received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Medical Center. He is board-eligible in both Pediatrics and Neurology (with special qualification in Child Neurology). He is currently an adjunct Assi... Read More

Specialties:

Pediatric Neurology

Locations:

Primary Children's Hospital 801-213-3599
Rock Canyon Pediatric Specialists
Pediatric Neurology
801-357-1700

Gary R. Nelson, MD

Dr. Gary Nelson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Utah. He is a general child neurologist and sees patients with any neurological concerns. He has special interest in pediatric stroke, autoimmune and parainfectious neurological disease, quality improvement, and inpa... Read More

Specialties:

Pediatric Neurology

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building 801-213-3599
Pocatello Children's Clinic 208-232-1443

Betsy Ostrander, MD

Dr. Ostrander received her medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, completed her Pediatric residency at RUSH Medical Center and her Pediatric Neurology training at the University of Utah. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Utah and is in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at Primary Children’s Hos... Read More

Specialties:

Pediatric Neurology

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building 801-213-3599
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton 801-213-3599

Matthew T. Sweney, MD, MS

Dr. Sweney is a pediatric neurologist and epileptologist who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant pediatric epilepsy. He is Medical Director of the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Primary Children’s Hospital. He is board certified in General Pediatrics, Neurology, Epilepsy, and Clinical Neurophysiology. He partici... Read More

Specialties:

EEG, Epilepsy, Long Term Monitoring, Pediatric Neurology

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building 801-213-3599
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton 801-213-3599

Cristina C. Trandafir, MD, PhD

Dr. Cristina Trandafir is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Utah. Dr. Trandafir received her medical degree from the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania. She completed her combined Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology residency, followed by a... Read More

Specialties:

Pediatric Neurology

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Colin B. Van Orman, MD

Born and raised in southern Alberta, Canada, Dr. Colin Van Orman attended the University of Lethbridge, Alberta for undergraduate training and then obtained his MD degree from the University of Calgary. Subsequent training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology was completed at the University of Calgary and the University of Utah. After almost two... Read More

Specialties:

Neurology, Pediatric Neurology

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building 801-213-3599
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton 801-213-3599
St. Vincent Healthcare
Pediatric Neurology
406-237-5300

Brandon A. Zielinski, PhD, MD

Brandon A. Zielinski, M.D., Ph.D. is an Arizona native whose early training brought him to Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) and Georgetown University (Washington, DC). He attended medical school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. He joined the Division of Pediatric Neurology in 2010 after completing his neurology an... Read More

Specialties:

Pediatric Neurology

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building 801-213-3599
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton 801-213-3599
University of Utah Hospital 50 N. Medical Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
Map
Appointments
801-581-7609
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton 3773 West 12600 South
Riverton, UT 84065
Appointments
801-581-7609
Primary Children's Hospital (PCH) 100 N. Mario Capecchi Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
Map
Appointments
801-581-7609