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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 Specialty Care
NeuroDevelopmental Science Center
215 W. Bowery St.
Suite 4400
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Our Doctors/Providers

Lucyna Zawadzki
Lucyna Zawadzki, MD

Director, Pediatric Epileptology; Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist

Alisha Bauer
Alisha Bauer, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Amanda Bucca
Amanda Bucca, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Tsulee Chen
Tsulee Chen, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Shawnelle Contini
Shawnelle Contini, MSHS, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Angela Davis
Angela Davis, MSHS, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Amanda Delaratta
Amanda Delaratta, ARNP-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Vanessa Douglas
Vanessa Douglas, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Christina Fox-Akers
Christina Fox-Akers, ARNP-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Andrea Hoverstock
Andrea Hoverstock, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Gwyneth Hughes
Gwyneth Hughes, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Mozhdeh Jucikas
Mozhdeh Jucikas, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Coordinator, Epilepsy Surgery Program; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Michael Kohrman
Michael Kohrman, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurology; Co-director, Tuberous Sclerosis Program; Pediatric Neurologist

Dianne Kulasa-Luke
Dianne Kulasa-Luke, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kristina Muhleman
Kristina Muhleman, MSN, ARNP-CNP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Chinasa Nwankwo
Chinasa Nwankwo, MD

Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist

Jared Pennington
Jared Pennington, PhD, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

Dalin Pulsipher
Dalin Pulsipher, PhD, ABPP

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Lisa Stanford
Lisa D. Stanford, PhD, ABPP

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