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Pediatric Seizure Disorders

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Doctors Who Treat Pediatric Seizure Disorders

Children with seizure disorders should be evaluated by a pediatric epileptologist, who is a neurologist specializing in epilepsy in children. 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 Comprehensive 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's Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, pediatric epileptologists work closely with pediatric neurological surgeons in determining which children are candidates for surgery for a pediatric seizure disorder.

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, 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

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