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Carl E. Stafstrom, M.D., Ph.D.

Carl Ernest Stafstrom, M.D., Ph.D.
Lederer Endowed Chair of Pediatric Epilepsy
Professor of Neurology


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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

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  • Lederer Endowed Chair of Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology
  • Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Center
  • Professor of Neurology

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 410-955-4259

601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-4259


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Development Delay, Epilepsy, Headache, Neurocutaneous Disorders, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Neurology, Pediatric Brain Tumors, Pediatric Neurology

Research Interests

Mechanisms of epileptogenesis and neuronal excitability in the developing brain; Effects of seizures in the immature brain on subsequent cognitive function and seizure susceptibility; Childrens self-perceptions of neurologic disorders through art; Dietary approaches to epilepsy management; Response to therapy and long-term outcome; EEG characteristics and development; Mechanisms of age-related susceptibility to various seizure types; Epilepsy syndromes in children


Carl E. Stafstrom, M.D., Ph.D., is the Lederer Endowed Chair of Pediatric Epilepsy, and serves as the Director of Pediatric Neurology and Director of the John M. Freeman Pediatric Epilepsy Center.  

Dr. Stafstrom received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, with residencies at the University of Washington Medical Center and Tufts New England Medical Center, as well as fellowships at Harvard for neurology research and Boston Children’s Hospital in clinical neurophysiology, electroencephalography, and epilepsy.

Dr. Stafstrom previously served as Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and Chief of Pediatric Neurology at American Family Children’s Hospital at UW Madison. more

    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • University Of Washington School Of Medicine / MD PhD (1985)


    • University of Washington School of Medicine / Pediatrics (1987)
    • Tufts -New England Medical Center Hospitals / Neurology (1990)


    • Boston Children's Hospital / Neurology (1992)


    • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Clinical Neurophysiology (1999, 2009)
    • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Epilepsy (2013)
    • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Neurology/Special Child Neurology (1994, 2014)
  • Research & Publications +
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    • Citation for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, 2007 - 2012
    • The Lily Epilepsy Research Prize, 2008
    • 2010: Residents’ Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin, 2010
    • Selected for American Neurological Association, 2011
    • Distinguished Neurology Teacher Award, American Neurological Association, 2012
  • Videos & Media +

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    For kids with migraines, a picture can be worth a thousand words, WTOP (07/08/2015)

    New Faculty Focusing on Epilepsy and Neuromuscular Disorders, Pediatric Neuro News (Winter 2015)

    An Artful Diagnosis of Headache in Young Children, Johns Hopkins Children's Center News (11/4/2014)

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