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Amy Kao, MD

Director, Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy Clinic | Neurophysiologist


Languages Spoken

  • English


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology-Child Neuro
  • American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology - Epilepsy

National Provider ID: 1215942719

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Outside Interests

  • eMedicine
  • Medscape 



Amy Kao's, MD, background is in epilepsy/electroencephalography (EEG), so she sees and treats patients with seizures or what might be seizures. She is part of a large team that treats children with epilepsy, which doctors diagnose after a child has experienced multiple seizures. Dr. Kao sees children whose epilepsy is difficult to manage, and she is especially interested in the ketogenic diet, a special high-fat diet that can decrease seizures in some patients. She is interested in all aspects of neurology, so also sees patients with neurological conditions besides seizures.

She is excited to see patients at the Montgomery County Regional Outpatient Center, which makes it possible to treat patients living in the Rockville area closer to their homes. She grew up in the area, trained in Philadelphia, and then moved to the West Coast. She returned to be closer to her family, including a brother with special needs.

Dr. Kao completed her Pediatric Residency and training in Child Neurology and Epilepsy from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kao is involved in working with and teaching new medical students and residents in Neurology and Epilepsy because she wants to help educate the next generation of doctors and scientists who will help patients and families in the area and around the country. Dr. Kao also is eager to be part of Camp Great Rock, a summer camp that is especially for children and teens with epilepsy.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Neurophysiology, 2003
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Residency Program, Child Neurology, 2002
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 1999
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Internship Program, Pediatrics, 1998
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • MD, 1997
    Northwestern University
  • BS, 1993
    Northwestern University
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Amy Kao

Jake Brady

Jake B's Story

When Jake Brady was born, he was a normal, happy baby. He did seem to be hitting his development milestones a little late, but his parents weren’t worried. When he was 10 months old, his parents, Trisha and Jason Brady, noticed what they now realize was Jake’s first seizure

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Anticoagulation therapy in cerebral sinovenous thrombosis and ulcerative colitis in children

(2002) Journal of Child Neurology

Clinical and molecular phenotype of AicardiGoutieres syndrome

(2007) American Journal of Human Genetics

Concerns regarding lamotrigine and breastfeeding

(2004) Epilepsy and Behavior

Increased prevalence of unprovoked seizures in patients with a 22q112 deletion

(2004) American Journal of Medical Genetics

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