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Pediatric neurologists join Akron Children's Hospital

09-15-2016 (Akron, Ohio )

Michael Kohrman, M.D., has been named director of Neurology at Akron Children’s Hospital. Also joining the hospital is pediatric neurologist Ian Rossman, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Kohrman comes to Akron Children’s from the University of Chicago, where he has served as director of the pediatric epilepsy program and director of pediatric clinical neurophysiology at the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital.

Following medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Dr. Kohrman completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric neurology at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. He also completed a fellowship in electroencephalography at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Kohrman’s areas of special interest and scholarship include difficult to treat epilepsy, surgical epilepsy, tuberous sclerosis, seizure detection and prediction and sleep apnea and other sleep disorders in children. He has served as principal investigator in more than 50 clinical trials in pediatric epilepsy, tuberous sclerosis, and pediatric sleep disorders.

Dr. Rossman earned his medical degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, N.J., where he also completed his pediatric residency. He completed a fellowship in pediatric neurology at the Cleveland Clinic and a fellowship in neuroimmunology at the Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research. He earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Science in Piscataway, N.J., where he studied the role of an autism-associated gene in postnatal and cerebellar development.

Dr. Rossman’s areas of special interest and scholarship include pediatric and adult multiple sclerosis, neuroinflammatory diseases, leukodystrophies and neuromuscular diseases.


Akron Children’s Neurology Department is part of the hospital’s NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, which brings together clinical expertise in such areas as neurology, neurosurgery, physiatry, developmental-behavioral pediatrics and neuropsychology. The multi-disciplinary team, which also includes specialized pediatric nurses, social workers, psychologists, dietitians, therapists and case managers, provides coordinated care for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, mitochondrial diseases, epilepsy, developmental delays, and other chronic and complex conditions of childhood. For more information, visit