Our Professional Staff
Sandy P. Waran, M.D.
Dr. Sandy P. Waran is a pediatric neurologist certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with special competence in child neurology. He also earned certification by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology after completing a year of fellowship in clinic electroencephalography, which enhances his expertise in the identification and treatment of patients with epilepsy. As one of New Jersey's leading experts on childhood seizure disorders and EEGs, Dr. Waran is listed in the Guide to America's Top Physicians by the Consumers Research Council of America. He was recognized by New Jersey Monthly magazine as 2009-2010 "Top Doctor" for Pediatric Neurology. In March 2010 he was also honored with St. Clare's Health System's "Physicians Award" for his humanitarian efforts both in New Jersey, where he ran a free children's pediatric clinic at St. Clare's Hospital, and in Asia where he volunteers and raises funds for programs to improve health care for children.
Dr. Waran is currently the Director of the Pediatric Neuroscience Network at Goryeb Children's Hospital. Previously, he served as the Medical Director of the Children's Neurology and Epilepsy Center at St. Clare's Hospital/Denville. In 1978, he was responsible for the establishment of a regional pediatric neurology program at Morristown Memorial and Overlook Hospitals, where he served as the Chairman of the section of Pediatric Neurology in the Department of Neuroscience. His groundbreaking accomplishments at these hospitals included the introduction of long-term video EEG monitoring. Dr. Waran also served on the clinical faculty of Columbia Presbyterian University, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). His contributions to pharmacological research have advanced the treatment of movement disorders and epilepsy in children.
A recognized expert in the fields of children's neurology and epilepsy, Dr. Waran has co-authored articles in publications such as Clinical Lessons in Epilepsy, The Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey, Pediatric Neurology, Anesthesia and Analgesia, and Human Genetics. He has also participated in numerous television panels on Tourette's syndrome, epilepsy, and attention deficit disorders.
Trevor G. DeSouza, M.D.
Dr. Trevor G. DeSouza is a pediatric neurologist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Pediatrics. He is one of the few board certified pediatric neurologists in New Jersey with expertise in electromyography and neuromuscular diseases, a sub-specialization he earned at New York's Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he also worked at the Headache and Epilepsy Centers and completed a three-year fellowship in pediatric neurology.
Since 1998, Dr. DeSouza has been recognized as a "Top Doctor" several times by NJ Monthly magazine and is consistently listed among "The Best Doctors in America" in a survey conducted by Woodward/White, Inc. Dr. DeSouza has been named one of "America's Top Doctors" (Child Neurology), in a survey conducted by U.S. News and World Report in partnership with Castle Connolly Medical, LTD.
He is currently the Medical Director at the Spasticity Clinic at Goryeb Children's Hospital. In addition to serving as a staff physician he was the Associate Director of the Children's Neurology and Epilepsy Program at Saint Clare's Hospital/Denville, Dr. DeSouza is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)/New Jersey Medical School.
Erb's palsy patients from the tri-state area come to the Brachial Plexus Center established by Dr. DeSouza for evaluation, treatment, and surgical consideration. Dr. DeSouza has also received intensive training in the use of innovative therapies such as BOTOX® injection, which improves motor function in children with cerebral palsy. He has specialized training in vagus nerve programming, which can be used for intractable epilepsy. Dr. DeSouza also performs electrodiagnostic testing (electromyography and nerve conduction studies).
Dr. DeSouza is associated with the Tourette's Syndrome Association and has treated several hundred patients with this disorder. He has also participated in medical research studies and has co-authored articles on this and other topics, including electromyography and neuromuscular diseases, for publications such as Neurology, The Journal of Pediatrics, The Journal of Neuro-Oncology, The Annals of Neurology, and The American Journal of Medical Genetics.
Leonid L. Topper, M.D.
Dr. Leonid L. Topper is certified in pediatric and adult neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In the United Kingdom, Dr. Topper is a member of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health. He is currently on the staff of Atlantic Health System at Goryeb Children's Hospital.
Following five years of general pediatric training and three years of fellowship in neurology and pediatric neurology at New York's Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Topper served as an attending physician for pediatric neurology at The Childhood Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Center and The Epilepsy Center at Schneider Children's Hospital. As a neurologist at the Brain Tumor Center, Dr. Topper conducted weekly multi-specialty clinics for children and adults with various forms of brain cancer, and regularly consulted with neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, and radiation therapy doctors to coordinate the best possible care.
Dr. Topper has extensive experience in diagnosing and managing treatment for children with seizures and epilepsy. He also cared for numerous patients with headaches, brain infections, stroke, tics, Tourette's syndrome, nerve and muscle conditions, autistic disorders, ADHD, and neonatal brain problems.
In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Topper is actively engaged in teaching and training other physicians. He has authored a number of teaching brochures for doctors in training, and has composed an instructional compact disc explaining the techniques of neurological examination in infants and children. He regularly lectures to general pediatricians, neurologists, and psychiatrists on various aspects of neurologic disorders in children, and has also co-authored articles in the professional journals Pediatric Neurology and Headache.
Dr. Topper joined Advocare Pediatric Neurology Associates in October 2005.