Epilepsy in Children

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Doctors Who Treat Epilepsy in Children

A child who experiences a seizure will likely be taken to his or her pediatrician first for a complete physical. The pediatrician will likely refer the child to a pediatric epileptologist, who is a neurologist specializing in epilepsy in children, for an evaluation. The best place to be evaluated is at a major center for pediatric epilepsy, where a full range of treatment options are available. The Weill Cornell Epilepsy Center is nationally known for its comprehensive treatment and ground-breaking research into epilepsy in both adults and children.

At the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, children who are candidates for epilepsy surgery may be evaluated by pediatric neurological surgeon Jeffrey Greenfield, Ph.D., M.D., and Dr. Theodore Schwartz, who is internationally known for his expertise in epilepsy surgery and his pioneering research in the field of epilepsy mapping and treatment. (Find out more about Dr. Schwartz’s research.)

Jeffrey Greenfield, PhD, MDJeffrey Greenfield, Ph.D., M.D., is a pediatric neurosurgeon specializing in brain tumors, spasticity, hydrocephalus, and epilepsy in children. Dr. Greenfield is an expert in mapping out language and motor function in children as part of his pediatric brain tumor expertise. This expertise is crucial in the individualized mapping and planning which occurs as part of each pediatric epilepsy surgery. More about Dr. Greenfield

Dr. Caitlin HoffmanCaitlin Hoffman, M.D., is an award-winning neurosurgeon who specializes in pediatric neurosurgery as well as in adult and pediatric epilepsy surgery. She has completed fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery with a focus on surgical epilepsy, and has performed extensive research on the molecular mechanisms of progression of brain tumors, specifically medulloblastoma. Dr. Hoffman is a member of the Weill Cornell Laser Surgery Program and is specially trained in new laser surgery techniques for epilepsy. More about Dr. Hoffman

Theodore H. Schwartz, MDTheodore H. Schwartz, MD, specializes in the surgical treatment of epilepsy, brain tumors, and pituitary tumors using the latest techniques in computer-guided surgical navigation, minimally invasive endoscopy, and microsurgery. Dr. Schwartz has been named to the lists of New York's Super Doctors, Best Doctors in New York, America's Top Surgeons, America's Best Doctors, and America's Best Doctors for Cancer. More about Dr. Schwartz

Kenneth Perrine, PhDDr. Kenneth Perrine is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with 30 years of experience; he sees patients for pre-surgical evaluations prior to surgery for epilepsy and other disorders to determine the presence, breadth, and extent of cerebral dysfunction for treatment planning. Dr. Perrine also specializes in neuropsychological testing in professional athletes and other individuals with suspected or diagnosed traumatic brain injury. More about Dr. Perrine.

Dr. Jessica Spat-LemusDr. Jessica Spat-Lemus is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in the neuropsychological testing, evaluation, and treatment of children with neurological disorders. She takes a multidisciplinary, multicultural approach and provides compassionate, understanding care to her patients and their families. Dr. Spat-Lemus believes in moving beyond a diagnosis to identify a patient’s strengths and weaknesses, in order to make recommendations that integrate cultural values, community resources, and appropriate interventions to help children thrive. (Read "Finally, There's Someone Who Can Reach My Son.")

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Find out more about Epilepsy in Adults and the Epilepsy Surgery Program.

Reviewed by: Jeffrey Greenfield, MD, PhD
Last reviewed/last updated: January 2015