Acadiana pediatric neurology and orthopedics patients soon will be able to eliminate travel arrangements from their treatment plans.

A pediatric neurologist and two pediatric orthopedic surgeons are set to join the growing team of pediatric specialists practicing at the Kids Specialty Center on the Women’s & Children’s Hospital campus this August, eliminating the need for families to travel to Baton Rouge, New Orleans or further for these services.

Dr. Kenneth Habetz, pediatric neurologist, along with Dr. Gabriel Dersam and Dr. James Dunlap, Acadiana’s only board-certified pediatric orthopedic surgeons, are the latest to join nearly 200 physicians representing about 40 disciplines at Women’s & Children’s Hospital, located at 4600 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.

Their practices are located inside the Kids Specialty Center, home to other pediatric specialties including endocrinology, general surgery, hematology/oncology, neurosurgery, pulmonology and sleep medicine.

Dr. Habetz, Dr. Dersam and Dr. Dunlap are accepting new patients. Call 337-371-3101 today to schedule an appointment and learn more.

Dr. Gabriel Dersam, Pediatric Orthopedic SurgeryDr. Gabriel Dersam, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, is set to return to the Kids Specialty Center, where he practiced from 2008 until 2014 before accepting a position at Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, Illinois.

Dr. Dersam specializes in the treatment of bone fractures, club foot, hip dysplasia, cerebral palsy, and other pediatric musculoskeletal problems.

Dr. Dersam earned a medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine before completing a residency at the University of Minnesota and a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Gillett Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2008, he joined the Kids Specialty Center team of physicians, who specialize in various pediatric services including General Surgery, Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, Neurology, Neurosurgery and Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine.

Dr. James Dunlap, Pediatric Orthopedic SurgeryDr. James Dunlap, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, will join Dr. Dersam at the Kids Specialty Center. Dr. Dunlap is fellowship trained in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. He specializes in the full spectrum of pediatric orthopedics. His special interests in the pediatric and adolescent population include spinal deformity, trauma and lower extremity deformities. 

Dr. Dunlap earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, in 1985 before earning a medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1989. He went on to complete a research fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine in 1992 and then completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Tulane. This was followed by an orthopedic surgery fellowship focusing on the foot and ankle at Baylor University in Houston in 1997. Dr. Dunlap has been in private practice in Spokane, Washington, since 1997. After joining a private practice, he returned to complete a Pediatric Orthopaedic fellowship in 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Dunlap is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association.

Dr. Kenneth Habetz, pediatric neurologistDr. Kenneth Habetz, Pediatric Neurology, will join the growing list of pediatric specialists at the Kids Specialty Center. Dr. Habetz earned a bachelor’s of science degree from LSU in Baton Rouge in 2006 before earning a medical doctorate in 2010 from LSU Health Science Center in Shreveport.

He completed a five-year combined residency covering pediatrics, adult neurology and child neurology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, in Little Rock, Arkansas. In addition, Dr. Habetz recently completed a one-year electroencephalogram (EEG) fellowship, which focused on diagnostics and treatment of epilepsy, also at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Habetz is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society and the American Medical Association.