Doctors Who Treat Epilepsy in Children

A child who experiences a seizure will likely be taken to his or her pediatrician first for a complete physical. The pediatrician will likely refer the child to a pediatric epileptologist, who is a neurologist specializing in epilepsy in children, for an evaluation. The best place to be evaluated is at a major center for pediatric epilepsy, where a full range of treatment options are available. The Weill Cornell Medicine Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center is nationally known for its comprehensive treatment and ground-breaking research into epilepsy in children.

Shortly before Dr. Bender joined our faculty, she appeared on Dr. Stieg's podcast, This Is Your Brain With Dr. Phil Stieg, to talk with him and Dr. Hoffman about pediatric epilepsy. Listen to that episode here:

At the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center, children who are candidates for epilepsy surgery may be evaluated by pediatric neurological surgeon Caitlin Hoffman, M.D., and Dr. Theodore Schwartz, who is internationally known for his expertise in epilepsy surgery and his pioneering research in the field of epilepsy mapping and treatment. (Find out more about Dr. Schwartz’s research.)

Caitlin Hoffman, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in pediatric neurosurgery as well as in adult and pediatric epilepsy surgery. She has completed fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery with a focus on surgical epilepsy, and has performed extensive research on the molecular mechanisms of progression of brain tumors, specifically medulloblastoma. Dr. Hoffman is a member of the Weill Cornell Laser Surgery Program and is specially trained in new laser surgery techniques for epilepsy. More about Dr. Hoffman

Theodore H. Schwartz, M.D., specializes in the surgical treatment of epilepsy, brain tumors, and pituitary tumors using the latest techniques in computer-guided surgical navigation, minimally invasive endoscopy, and microsurgery. Dr. Schwartz has been named to the lists of New York's Super Doctors, Best Doctors in New York, America's Top Surgeons, America's Best Doctors, and America's Best Doctors for Cancer. More about Dr. Schwartz 

Use our online form to request an appointment, or call Dr. Hoffman's office for more information at 212-746-2363.

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Find out more about Epilepsy in Adults and the Epilepsy Surgery Program.

What our Patients Say

For the first 11 years of her life, she suffered from nighttime seizures. Thanks to Dr. Hoffman and her team, she and her family didn't have to worry anymore.
Three-year-old Olivia Wai, from Fresh Meadows, New York, seemed like a perfectly healthy toddler. She’s an exuberant child — she loves to play music, dance, and play pretend with her little brother, Kingston. Her parents, Joe and Jenny, dote on her...
Sujin Jeong and her husband, Daeho Lee were living in New York and raising their two children, Theodore, 6, and Sophia, then three months old. It was a sunny April day when Sujin first thought that something was wrong.

Our Care Team

  • Victor and Tara Menezes Clinical Scholar in Neuroscience
  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery in Pediatrics
Phone: 212-746-2363
  • Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurological Surgery
  • Director of Neuropsychology Services
Phone: 212-746-3356
  • Vice Chair for Clinical Research
  • David and Ursel Barnes Professor of Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
  • Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Otolaryngology
  • Director, Center for Epilepsy and Pituitary Surgery
  • Co-Director, Surgical Neuro-oncology
Phone: 212-746-5620
  • Child Neurologist Director, Pediatric Epilepsy
Phone: 212-746-3278
  • Pediatric Epileptologist
Phone: 212-746-3278

Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery 525 East 68 Street, Box 99 New York, NY 10065 Phone: 866-426-7787