Akron Children’s adds director of epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology

Akron Children’s adds epilepsy specialist

Deborah Holder, MD


Deborah Holder, MD, has joined Akron Children’s Hospital’s NeuroDevelopmental Science Center as director of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.

Dr. Holder previously served as the director of surgical epilepsy at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and assistant professor of pediatric neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Prior to that, she directed the epilepsy surgery program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

After completing medical school at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Dr. Holder completed residencies in pediatrics and pediatric neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston. She completed her clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School.

Akron Children’s NeuroDevelopmental Science Center offers advanced diagnostic, monitoring and therapeutic services, including surgery for infants, children and teen suffering from seizures.

The center’s epilepsy program aims to reduce or eliminate seizures while educating families to improve each child’s quality of life.

Treatment options include FDA-approved anti-seizure medications, investigational medications, or a vagus nerve stimulator that can be implanted on an outpatient basis for children with intractable seizures.

For some patients, surgery may be an option. Akron Children’s newly created epilepsy monitoring unit uses continuous video EEG monitoring for accurate localization of seizures to improve drug therapy and more quickly identify patients for curative brain surgery.

The epilepsy program team sees patients at Akron Children’s in downtown Akron and at the Boardman Medical Pavilion in Boardman.

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