The nationally-prominent Lurie Children’s Epilepsy Center boasts an extensive range of services, providing the highest level care for children with various forms of epilepsy. Our team of specialists provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for children with epilepsy, complete evaluation services, specialized epilepsy clinics and epilepsy surgery services.

Each year we treat at least 2,200 children from around the country and the world, making us one of the busiest child epilepsy centers in the Midwest. Best known for helping infants with complex and hard-to-treat (intractable) epilepsy, our comprehensive epilepsy center offers state of the art neurodiagnostic monitoring including video EEG (video electroencephalography) for children of all ages. Here at Lurie Children’s, we perform over 4,000 video EEG studies a year. 

The Division of Epilepsy is part of Lurie Children's Clinical Neurosciences, which is ranked 10th in the nation for child neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News World Report.

Our multidisciplinary team addresses the medical, behavioral, educational and developmentalneeds of children and their families to promote the best possible quality of life. Few epilepsy programs offer the level of specialty programs and leading technology available to patients at Lurie Children’s, which include:

We strive to serve more children, train more specialists, augment our current research particularly focusing on improving clinical outcomes and expand our advocacy initiatives using our unique care model. The mission of the Epilepsy Team is to provide the highest care. All, for your one.

In partnership with Northwestern University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Lurie Children's Epilepsy Center has been recognized as a Level 4 program by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Our Level 4 designation means our high-quality specialized epilepsy care voluntarily meets all of the NAEC’s rigorous criteria. Learn more.


Nationally-Ranked Care

Lurie Children's is ranked 10th in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S.News World Report

Pediatric Epilepsy Syndromes & Conditions We Treat

Our epilepsy team cares for children with any and all forms of epilepsy. Some specific epilepsy conditions we treat are listed below. 

Epilepsy Syndromes:

  • Childhood absence epilepsy
  • Doose syndrome: Myoclonic astatic epilepsy
  • Dravet syndrome: Severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy (SMEI)
  • Electrical status epilepticus during slow-wave sleep (ESES)
  • Epileptic encephalopathies
  • Epileptic encephalopathy with continuous spike and wave during sleep (CSWS)
  • Frontal lobe epilepsy
  • Infantile spasms: West syndrome or epileptic spasms 
  • Jeavon’s syndome
  • Juvenile absence epilepsy
  • Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy
  • Landau-Kleffner syndrome
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS)
  • Metabolic syndromes
  • Mitochondrial disorders
  • Ohtahara syndrome
  • Panayiotopoulos syndrome
  • Progressive myoclonic epilepsies
  • Rasmussen’s syndrome and other immuno-causative epilepsies

Epilepsy Secondary to Genetic Variants:

Epilepsy Secondary To:

  • Congenital brain malformations
  • Cortical dysplasia
  • Hypothalamic hamartoma
  • Hypoxic ischemic injury
  • Mesial temporal sclerosis (MTS)
  • Strokes
  • Trauma
  • Tuberous sclerosis complex 
  • Tumors

Pediatric Epilepsy Specialists

Lurie Children’s Epilepsy Center’s multidisciplinary team includes pediatric epileptologists, advanced practice registered nurses, medical education specialist, neurosurgeons, research doctors, research professionals, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, genetic counselors, dietitians and social workers.

Attending Physicians

Advanced Practice Providers

Ketogenic Dieticians

Robyn Blackford, RDN, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Specialty Programs: Ketogenic Diet Program

Nicole Haggerty, MS, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Chu-Yi Huang, MS, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Wesley Lowman, RDN, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Specialty Programs: Ketogenic Diet Program

Genetic Counselors

Support Team

Megan Keeler, LSW, MPH

Social Worker

Research Staff

Katie Sparks, CCRP

Associate Director, Neurology Research

Special Interests: Management, finances, audit readiness

Stefanie McCormack, CCRP

Clinical Research Coordinator

Special Interests: Health literacy, healthcare innovation, community engagement, patient advocacy

Enrique Rojas

Clinical Research Coordinator

Special Interests: Genetics, stem cells, data science, health technology

Maya Stosic, MD, MBA, CCRP

Research Scientist

Special Interests: Quality control, budget negotiations, feasibility tool, leadership

Abigail Van Nuland

Research Scientist

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We offer easy online scheduling for your child's neurologic needs. 

Our Locations

Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Grayslake

1475 E. Belvidere Rd. (Rte. 120)
Suite 285, Pavilion C
Grayslake, Illinois 60030-2012
312.227.2220

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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312.227.4000

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Resources

We have specialized resources available for families and children with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Program News & Stories

Epilepsy Surgery Reconnects Adriel & RJ with Fullest Potential

Both Adriel Navarette and RJ Walters experienced severe seizures. Their parents shared a sense of boundless determination to find a cure for their sons’ forms of epilepsy. 

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Exclusive First Person with Sandi Lam, M.D.

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Leading the way in training neurodiagnostic technicians

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What Does a Seizure Look Like in a Child?

Signs of a seizures in a child can vary. Learn what a seizure looks like and what to do if you suspect a child is having a seizure.

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Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS) Therapy Alleviates Liam’s Seizures

At 5, Liam started having seizures. After years of searching, they finally found the right treatment.

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Seizure-free Stella Celebrates Life After Hemispherotomy Surgery

When Stella was seven months old, she developed infantile spasms, a type of seizure that happens in babies.

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Philanthropy

Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children's relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500

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