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Pediatric Epilepsy Program

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.

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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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Tsulee Chen, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Pediatric Neurosurgeon


Michael DiSano, MD

Pediatric Epileptologist


Gwyneth Hughes, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon


Jeannette Iskander, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist


Michael Kohrman, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurology; Pediatric Neurologist

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Chinasa Nwankwo, MD

Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist


Lisa D. Stanford, PhD, ABPP

Neuropsychology Clinical Training Program; Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Alisha Bauer, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center


Shawnelle Contini, MSHS, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center


Angela Davis, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center


Amanda Delaratta, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center


Kristina Fey, MSN, APRN-CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner


Christina Fox-Akers, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Melissa Huelsman, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Mozhdeh Jucikas, MSN, APRN-CNP

Coordinator, Epilepsy Surgery Program; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Dianne Kulasa-Luke, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Kristina Muhleman, MSN, APRN-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Jared Pennington, PhD, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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.

Masking and Other Safety Protocols

Akron Children’s has a number of safety protocols in place for our patients and visitors in order to provide a safe hospital environment.

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