Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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Lorna Patanella

Lorna PatanellaCurrent Appointment

Lorna is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and the co ordinator of the Physical Disabilities Clinic and Pediatric Spasticity Clinic


Lorna initially joined the University of Rochester as an RN on the adolescent in patient unit in 1994, and upon completion of her master’s degree in nursing joined the division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in 2000 as a nurse practitioner in the Andrew J. Kirch Clinic.

Prior to working in at the University of Rochester Lorna worked as an RN at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital providing care to children with orthopaedic and neurologic needs.

Lorna is the medical consultant to the Greater Rochester Spina Bifida Association.


  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the medical needs for children with various motor disabilities like cerebral palsy and spina bifida and co ordinate care with other specialists.  
  • Evaluates children with spasticity and administer Botox injections if indicated and manage IntraThecal Baclofen Pumps. 
  • Provides medication management and support for children with complex Neurodevelopmental and behavioral issues like autism , ADHD and intellectual disabilities. 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Clinic co ordinator for the Physical Disabilities Clinic and the Pediatric Spasticity Clinic within the Andrew J Kirch Clinic.
  • Works with the pediatric urology team to co ordinate care for children with spina bifida and related conditions.  
  • Coordinates care and management with the pediatric orthopedic team for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and related conditions.  
  • Collaborates with the adult physiatry department to facilitate care for young adult patients with motor impairments.

Patient Care Profile

I have always cared for children with developmental disabilities throughout my various positions. I value working collaboratively with the children and teens that we care for and their families to maximize their skills, reduce their distress and promote their independence. I enjoy working with children of all ages and have a particular interest in working with adolescents to help them develop the skills needed to become effective self advocates and independent adults.


  • 1988, Texas Woman’s University, Bachelor Science in Nursing
  • 1999, University of Rochester, Master Science in Nursing , Care of Children and Families
  • 1999, Completed fellowship in Leadership and Education of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

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Phone: (585) 275-2986
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