Michael J Noetzel, MD

Director and Vice Chair of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology; Professor of Neurology and of Pediatrics




Additional Titles

  • Professor, Pediatrics
  • Director, Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology
  • Neurologist-in-Chief and Medical Director, Clinical and Diagnostic Neuroscience Services at St Louis Children's Hospital

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics - Certified
  • Child Neurology - Certified
  • Neuro-Rehabilitation - Certified

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  • Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2003-2013 (Best Doctors Inc.)
  • Listed in America’s Top Doctors, 2002-2012 (Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.)
  • Clinical Investigator Development Award, National Institutes of Health, 1985-1990


  • Dowling MM, Noetzel MJ, Rodeghier MJ, Quinn CT, Hirtz DG, Ichord RN, Kwiatkowski JL, Roach ES, Kirkham FJ, Casella JF, Debaun MR. Headache and migraine in children with sickle cell disease are associated with lower hemoglobin and higher pain event rates but not silent cerebral infarction. J Pediatr. 2014 May;164(5):1175-1180.e1.
  • King AA, Strouse JJ, Rodeghier MJ, Compas BE, Casella JF, McKinstry RC, Noetzel MJ, Quinn CT, Ichord R, Dowling MM, Miller JP, Debaun MR. Parent education and biologic factors influence on cognition in sickle cell anemia. Am J Hematol. 2014 Feb;89(2):162-7.
  • Zaidman CM, Holland MR, Noetzel MJ, Park TS, Pestronk A. Newborn brachial plexus palsy: evaluation of severity using quantitative ultrasound of muscle. Muscle Nerve. 2013 Feb;47(2):246-54.
  • Thangarajh M, Yang G, Fuchs D, Ponisio MR, McKinstry RC, Jaju A, Noetzel MJ, Casella JF, Barron-Casella E, Hooper WC, Boulet SL, Bean CJ, Pyle ME, Payne AB, Driggers J, Trau HA, Vendt BA, Rodeghier M, DeBaun MR. Magnetic resonance angiography-defined intracranial vasculopathy is associated with silent cerebral infarcts and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase mutation in children with sickle cell anaemia. Br J Haematol. 2012 Nov;159(3):352-9.
  • Ashley WW Jr, Baty JD, Hollander T, Noetzel MJ, Park TS. Long-term motor outcome analysis using a motor score composite following surgical brachial plexus repair. J Neurosurg. 2007 Apr;106(4 Suppl):276-81.
  • O’Brien DF, Park TS, Noetzel MJ, Weatherly T. Management of birth brachial plexus palsy. Childs Nerv Syst. 2006 Feb;22(2):103-12. Epub 2005 Nov 30. Review.
  • Henderson JN, Noetzel MJ, McKinstry RC, White DA, Armstrong M, DeBaun MR. Reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome and silent cerebral infarcts are associated with severe acute chest syndrome in children with sickle cell disease. Blood. 2003 Jan 15;101(2):415-9. Epub 2002 Sep 26.
  • Alden TD, Lytle RA, Park TS, Noetzel MJ, Ojemann JG. Intrathecal baclofen withdrawal: a case report and review of the literature. Childs Nerv Syst. 2002 Oct;18(9-10):522-5. Epub 2002 Jul 23. Review.
  • Noetzel MJ, Park TS, Robinson S, Kaufman B. Prospective study of recovery following neonatal brachial plexus injury. J Child Neurol. 2001 Jul;16(7):488-92.
  • Wong M, Connolly AM, Noetzel MJ. Poliomyelitis-like syndrome associated with Epstein-Barr virus infection. Pediatr Neurol. 1999 Mar;20(3):235-7.
  • Sherburn EW, Kaplan SS, Kaufman BA, Noetzel MJ, Park TS. Outcome of surgically treated birth-related brachial plexus injuries in twenty cases. Pediatr Neurosurg. 1997 Jul;27(1):19-27.
  • Connolly AM, Pestronk A, Mehta S, Pranzatelli MR 3rd, Noetzel MJ. Serum autoantibodies in childhood opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome: an analysis of antigenic targets in neural tissues. J Pediatr. 1997 Jun;130(6):878-84.
  • Stelnicki EJ, Marsh JL, Woolsey TA, Lee BC, Noetzel MJ. Triopia: craniofacial malformation with prosencephalic duplication. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 1995 Jul;32(4):334-45.
  • Pranzatelli MR, Huang Y, Tate E, Stanley M, Noetzel MJ, Gospe SM Jr, Banasiak K. Cerebrospinal fluid 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid and homovanillic acid in the pediatric opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome. Ann Neurol. 1995 Feb;37(2):189-97.
  • Callahan DJ, Noetzel MJ. Prolonged absence status epilepticus associated with carbamazepine therapy, increased intracranial pressure, and transient MRI abnormalities. Neurology. 1992 Nov;42(11):2198-201.

Dr. Noetzel is the Director, Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology, the Director of Clinical Services in the Division of Pediatric Neurology. He is also the Medical Director of Clinical and Diagnostic Neuroscience Services at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Michael Noetzel, M. D. is the Director of Clinical Services for the Division of Pediatric Neurology and for St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He is involved in prospective outcome studies of children who receive comprehensive inpatient neurorehabilitation services for central nervous system injury and the predictive value of biochemical markers of damage in patients with traumatic brain injury. He is examining the efficacy of microsurgery for brachial plexus injuries in infants and the benefits of selective dorsal rhizotomy for children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, as part of a large NIH-funded study. Dr. Noetzel helped design an extensive multicenter NIH funded pediatric stroke trial and serve as Chair of the Neurology Committee, which adjudicates the determination of stroke in the study children. Dr. Noetzel attends several outpatient pediatric neurology clinics per week devoted to his special interests and also to more general problems in clinical child neurology.