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Pediatric Epilepsy Program


Pediatric Epilepsy and Seizure Treatment

When medications fail to control abnormal electrical activity in the brain called seizures, surgery may be an option for certain patients. Imaging studies, such as MRI, or electrical studies, such as electroencephalography (EEG), may show an abnormal part of the brain that can be safely removed with surgery.

In other cases, small wires called electrodes may be inserted into the brain under computer guidance using a robot; this technique, known as stereotactic EEG, can be used to identify the starting point of a seizure. If the starting point of the seizure cannot be removed surgically without injury to vital structures, the patient may be treated by a device called a responsive neurostimulator (RNS) or vagal nerve stimulator (VNS).

Advanced Surgery for Pediatric Seizures and Epilepsy

Additional surgical approaches include temporal lobectomy, corpus callosotomy and hemispherectomy. All of the above surgeries are available at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital though our comprehensive surgical epilepsy program.

A Multidisciplinary Approach

Weekly multidisciplinary conferences are held among pediatric neurosurgeons, pediatric neurologists (epileptologists), a neuropsychologist, and neuro-radiologists to tailor individual approaches to each patient. Nutritionists, therapists, pediatricians and endovascular neurosurgeons are also valued team members who participate in patient care. We are part of the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium (PERC).

Conditions We Treat

Our program provides care for a wide range of pediatric epilepsy conditions and seizures, including:

  • Partial complex epilepsy
  • Mesial temporal sclerosis
  • Absence seizures
  • Atonic or tonic (drop attacks)
  • Generalized tonic-clonic seizures (grand mal seizures)
  • Myoclonic seizures
  • Infantile spasms
  • Hemimegalencephaly
  • Perinatal stroke
  • Sturge-Weber syndrome
  • Rett syndrome
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
  • Dravet syndrome


Contact Us

Phone: 914.775.5437
Fax: 914.650.5437

19 Bradhurst Avenue
Suite 3050 N
Hawthorne, NY 10532
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257 Lafayette Avenue
Suite 360
Suffern, NY 10901
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19 Baker Avenue
Medical Arts Pavilion
Suite 301
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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Our Providers

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Carrie Muh, MD
Jared Pisapia, MD

Pediatric Neurology

Steven Wolf, MD
Philip Overby, MD
Shahid Parvez, MD
Patty McGoldrick, NP

Neuroradiology

William Gomes, MD

Endovascular Neurosurgery

Chirag Gandhi, MD
Justin Santarelli, MD
Fawaz Al-Mufti, MD

Neuropsychology

Suzanne Braniecki, MD

Physician Assistant

Rachel Lehrer, PA