Our team includes nine pediatric neurologists with formal training in epilepsy care, as well as experts in epilepsy testing, surgery and support. These experts collaborate to offer your child access to the best possible care.
From first-time seizures to hard-to-control (intractable) epilepsy, the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program offers a complete range of individualized treatments, including minimally invasive surgery and dietary therapies to eliminate seizures that can potentially injure a child’s brain. We collaborate with the Neuro Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Neurology and Neonatal Neurocritical Care Program and Neurobehavior Program to find the best possible outcomes for our patients.
Each year, our program cares for kids in thousands of epilepsy-related visits for several conditions, including:
Treatment may involve a combination of therapies and services, such as diagnostic testing, inpatient medical care, inpatient intensive care or ongoing outpatient treatment and support. We help you and your child manage the social, educational and emotional difficulties that you may face on your treatment journey.
The Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Children's National Hospital has success rates among the best in the country. Our program is recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 4 epilepsy center, designating Children’s National as having the most specialized epilepsy care and innovative surgical techniques available.
Highlights of our program include:
One out of 10 children with epilepsy can benefit from a surgical intervention. We recommend discussing surgery as an option with your child’s neurologist early in the course of care. Research shows early intervention leads to the best outcomes.
Surgery may be right for your child if medications and other treatments fail to relieve symptoms for hard-to-control or intractable epilepsy. Our team of neurosurgery experts evaluates and develops a surgical care plan tailored to your child’s individual needs.
Surgical epilepsy treatments include:
For more information or to make an appointment, call Jessica Ceja at 202-476-2265.
Eleni Rizakos, Psy.D., a psychologist in the Epilepsy Program, discusses epilepsy and your child's mental health.
When Trace was born in 2021, he had HME and seizures that evolved into infantile spasms before his second month of life, a type of seizure that causes serious neurodevelopmental delays.
William D. Gaillard
Division Chief, Epilepsy and NeurophysiologyDivision Chief, NeurologyDirector, Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy ProgramAssociate Director, Center for Neuroscience Research
Director, Epilepsy Genetics ProgramDirector, ElectroencephalographyNeurophysiologist
Co-Director, Hemimegalencephaly ProgramNeurologistNeurophysiologistNeonatal Neurologist
Dewi Frances Depositario Cabacar
Neurophysiologist Neonatal Neurologist
Nathan T. Cohen
L Gilbert Vezina
Director, Neuroradiology Program Neuroradiologist