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Pediatric Epilepsy Program

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Overview

Akron Children's Hospital is ranked among one of the best children's hospitals in the country for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, according to U.S. News & World Report. We also have the highest designation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) for providing the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for children with complex epilepsy.

We have one focus: kids.

If you have a child with epilepsy or a seizure disorder, we're here to help. Through our program, we strive to understand why your child's seizures have developed and then design a personalized treatment plan that best controls seizures with the fewest possible side effects.

Epilepsy treatment options may include anti-seizure medications (current and investigational), ketogenic diet and related diets, vagus nerve stimulator, or surgery. One form of epilepsy surgery, called lesionectomy, removes structural lesions of the brain such as certain tumors or congenital malformations, which can cause chronic seizures.

What to expect at first appointment.

Led by a pediatric epileptologist, our team provides comprehensive care that addresses the physical, social and emotional needs of each child. 

During your child's appointment with our epilepsy team, she will undergo a complete work-up, including a physical exam, patient history and EEG (a brain wave test that helps diagnose seizure disorders). You will also meet with a social worker who will educate you about seizures and address some of the non-medical issues, such as helping ensure your child's school is supportive.

We may also evaluate your child for school problems to determine whether seizures may be the cause. After the initial evaluation, a pediatric neurologist will meet with you and your child to discuss the best treatment options to reduce or eliminate her seizures.

Epilepsy monitoring unit.

Our epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) uses advanced video EEG technologies to aid in diagnosis and treatment of the most complex seizure disorder. Through the recording of brain wave activity, we can determine if a seizure episode originates from the brain as well as identify the specific areas of the brain involved. 

Your child may be placed in our EMU if:

  • It's difficult to determine the causes of seizures, movement disorders, fainting spells, behavioral problems or breath-holding attacks.
  • Seizures are poorly controlled and need better classification to help determine the right medication.
  • Seizures can't be controlled by medication, but may be controlled by vagus nerve stimulation or surgery.
  • The seizures require brain mapping to determine where they are originating, the location of brain functions and whether surgery is an option.
  • Certain language disorders are present such as Landau Kleffner syndrome or autism spectrum disorder.
  • There are brain lesions or tumors near critical areas of the brain and implanted electrodes can help determine what areas of the brain should be removed.

Based on the results of the video EEG monitoring, we will create an individualized treatment plan for your child.

Locations/Contact Us

Contact Epilepsy Program

330-543-8050

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Epilepsy Program
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Epilepsy Program, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 4
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Lucyna Zawadzki
Lucyna Zawadzki, MD

Director, Pediatric Epileptology; Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist

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Physicians/Providers:

Tsulee Chen, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Pediatric Neurosurgeon

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Michael DiSano, MD

Pediatric Epileptologist

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Gwyneth Hughes, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

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Michael Kohrman, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurology; Pediatric Neurologist

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Chinasa Nwankwo, MD

Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist

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Dalin Pulsipher, PhD, ABPP

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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Lisa D. Stanford, PhD, ABPP

Director, Division of Neurobehavioral Health; Neuropsychology Clinical Training Program; Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Alisha Bauer, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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Shawnelle Contini, MSHS, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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Angela Davis, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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Amanda Delaratta, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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Christina Fox-Akers, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Andrea Hoverstock, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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Melissa Huelsman, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Mozhdeh Jucikas, MSN, APRN-CNP

Coordinator, Epilepsy Surgery Program; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Dianne Kulasa-Luke, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Kristina Muhleman, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Jared Pennington, PhD, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Limiting the Number of Caregivers and Face Covering

The number of caregivers permitted to accompany a child to an appointment is dependent on the department you are visiting. Everyone visiting an Akron Children's facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.