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Child Neurology Fellowship

The Neurology Department at Children’s National Health System is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world and is dedicated to the training and education of child neurologists that will become leaders within the field. It is staffed by more than 40 child neurologists, neurointensivists and epileptologists, many of them world-renowned. The staff leads national and international research projects, and brings that expertise to the comprehensive care of patients and their families. Trainees are exposed to a wide range of disorders in both the inpatient and outpatient settings including expertise in brain tumors, critical care, epilepsy, headache, movement disorders, developmental disorders, genetic disorders, neuromuscular disorders and white matter disorders.

Each year, more than 25,000 pediatric patients benefit from the Neurology Department’s multidisciplinary care, from around the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and the world. Children's National is a 323-bed free-standing children’s hospital with a dedicated 25 bed neurology floor including 14 video EEG beds, along with a 54-bed NICU and 35-bed PICU.

Inpatient care addresses a variety of conditions that require hospitalization, including epilepsy, brain tumors, metabolic and genetic disorders, infectious and inflammatory conditions of the central and peripheral nervous system along with other neurologic conditions. Our inpatient services are divided into three teams:  a Child Neurology Ward Team, a Neuro-Critical (PICU) Care Team and a Neonatal (NICU) Critical Care Team, each with unique attending physicians that are devoted to complex care and research pursuits within their area of interest.

In addition to its team of more than 40 neurologists, the division collaborates with colleagues in related divisions throughout Children’s National for a fully-integrated approach to care.  For example, the multidisciplinary Epilepsy Surgery Program evaluates innovative drugs and offers the finest in neuro-monitoring and neurosurgical treatment of epilepsy. The team includes designated epileptologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists and a variety of other members to coordinate complex care.

The Neuroscience Center for Excellence has numerous programs with dedicated medical staff providing care to a variety of disorders in children, including:

Faculty and Staff

Visit the Division of Neurology's faculty page to meet the team.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our fellowship coordinator, Lisbeth Allasi-Feria at 202-476-2273 or the program director, Marc DiSabella, D.O.

Tea's Story

Tea's Story

On Tea Abbadini’s thirteenth birthday, she started feeling sudden pain on the right side of her lower abdomen that her parents thought was appendicitis. A few months later on Christmas Eve, Tea’s hand cramped up for 10 minutes and, on New Year’s Eve, she got her first back cramp. Her back cramp was so bad that it curved her to the right and caused her to walk leaned over for a few hours.

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