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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 Medicine Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center is nationally known for its comprehensive treatment and ground-breaking research into epilepsy in children.

Shortly before Dr. Bender joined our faculty, she appeared on Dr. Stieg's podcast, This Is Your Brain With Dr. Phil Stieg, to talk with him and Dr. Hoffman about pediatric epilepsy. Listen to that episode here:

At the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center, children who are candidates for epilepsy surgery may be evaluated by pediatric neurological surgeon Caitlin Hoffman, 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.)

Dr. Caitlin HoffmanCaitlin Hoffman, M.D., is a board-certified 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, M.D., 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

Dr. Jessica Spat-LemusJessica Spat-Lemus, Ph.D. 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 more about Dr. Spat-Lemus, and read a patient story, "Finally, There's Someone Who Can Reach My Son.")

Use our online form to request an appointment, or call Dr. Hoffman's office for more information at 212-746-2363.

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