Pediatric Epilepsy Program

Pediatric Epilepsy and Seizure Treatment

Advanced Surgery for Pediatric Seizures and Epilepsy

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).

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, neuro-radiologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and child life and nursing 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

What to Expect

What to expect in the Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (English | Spanish)

NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center

NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center

As a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital provides the more complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatment. We offer a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes and a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy.

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When sports and neurological disorders are talked about together, most think about head injuries athletes suffer. But there’s another neurological disorder that may impact more athletes than once thought: epilepsy. NBC New York’s John Chandler reports – featuring Dr. Carrie Muh, Division Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Surgical Director of Pediatric Epilepsy Program.

Contact Us

Phone: 914.775.5437
Fax: 914.650.5437

19 Bradhurst Avenue
Suite 3050 N
Hawthorne, NY 10532
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19 Baker Avenue
Medical Arts Pavilion
Suite 301
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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100 Woods Road
Athletics Room 3409
Valhalla, NY 10595
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Phone: 914.493.5123

Our Providers

Muh, Carrie R., MD
Carrie Muh, MD
Division Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery,
Surgical Director of Pediatric Epilepsy Program,
Surgical Director of Pediatric Neuro-vascular Program,
Surgical Co-Director of Craniofacial Program
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
Pisapia, Jared M., MD
Jared Pisapia, MD
Attending Pediatric Neurosurgeon,
Surgical Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program,
Surgical Director of Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program,
Surgical Co-Director of Craniofacial Program
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
Wolf, Steven M., MD
  • Pediatric - Neurology
Al Mufti, Fawaz A., MD
Fawaz Al Mufti, MD
Director of Fellowship, Neuroendovascular Surgery
Neuroendovascular Surgeon
Neurocritical Care
  • General Neurology
  • Interventional Neuroradiology
Braniecki, Suzanne H., PhD
Suzanne Braniecki, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
  • Neuropsychology Services
Gandhi, Chirag D., MD
Chirag Gandhi, MD
Chair of Neurosurgery
Endovascular and Cerebrovascular Neurosurgeon
Neurosurgical Oncology
  • General Neurosurgery
  • Interventional Neuroradiology
Hirschberger, Rachel G., MD
  • Psychiatry & Neurology, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Jacobson, Ronald I., MD
Ronald Jacobson, MD

Division Chief
  • Pediatric - Neurology
McGoldrick, Patricia E., PNP
  • Pediatric - Neurology
Nuoman, Rolla, MD
  • Neurology
  • Pediatric - Neurology
Overby, Philip, MD
  • Pediatric - Neurology
Santarelli, Justin G., MD
Justin Santarelli, MD
Director of Neurosurgical Quality
Endovascular and Cerebrovascular Neurosurgeon
  • Neurovascular Surgery
  • Interventional Neuroradiology