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St. Luke's Children's Neurosurgery

Our team provides comprehensive neurosurgical care for premature, infant, pediatric, and adolescent patients. We specialize in treating:

  • Tumors of the skull, brain, and spinal cord, using image-guided, frameless stereotaxy
  • Craniosynostosis, including minimally invasive techniques
  • Congenital malformations of the skull, brain, and spinal cord
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Spina bifida and tethered spinal cords
  • Minimally invasive and advanced, complex endoscopic procedures
  • Chiari malformations
  • Vascular malformations of the brain and spinal cord
  • Traumatic brain, spine, and spinal cord injuries


  • Pediatric Neurosurgery


    Bruce Cherny, MD began his practice as an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Arkansas Children's Hospital. He spent eight years in academic neurosurgery, both in Arkansas and at the Barrow Institute in Phoenix, before coming to Boise to develop the pediatric neurosurgical program for Idaho. Dr. Cherny also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University. 

    Dr. Cherny is one of 570 top neurosurgeons on the list of U.S. News & World Report's Top Doctors. These physicians were selected based on a peer nomination process. Within this list of the best neurosurgeons, 217 have been named to a highly selective list of America's Top Doctors (ATD) by achieving national recognition for outstanding work.


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  • Biography

    Mitzi Cieslak, NP-C is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has special interest in all aspects of pediatric care. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Seattle University and her master’s degree in nursing, family nurse practitioner, from Gonzaga University.


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Building on Our Promise to Children

St. Luke

Children's Pavilion - Opening in 2019

Designed to meet the needs of kids, their families, and the people who care for them, this state-of-the-art facility on our downtown Boise campus will more than double our clinical space and improve vital services that keep care close to home. It will bring most of our pediatric specialists and services under one roof, allowing us to provide care more efficiently and easing the burden on parents and kids who will now be able to see several providers in one location in one day.