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Carl E. Stafstrom, MD PhD

Carl E Stafstrom, MD PhD
Lederer Professor of Pediatric Epilepsy
Professor of Neurology

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

Centers & Institutes

  • Epilepsy Center
  • Pediatric Neurology Center


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

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; Epilepsy syndromes in children; Mechanisms of age-related susceptibility to various seizure types; EEG characteristics and development; Response to therapy and long-term outcome; Dietary approaches to epilepsy management


Carl E. Stafstrom, M.D., Ph.D., is the Lederer Professor of Pediatric Epilepsy, and serves as the Director of Child 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 School of Medicine and Public Health and Chief of Pediatric Neurology at American Family Children’s Hospital.


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    • University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle WA ) (1985)


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


    • Boston Children's Hospital / Neurology (Boston MA ) (1992)


    • Neurology/Special Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (2014)
    • Epilepsy, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (2013)
    • Clinical Neurophysiology, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (2009)
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    2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012: Citation for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching, Neuroscience Clerkship, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine (award established in 2007)

    2008: The Lily Epilepsy Research Prize

    2010: Residents’ Teaching Award, Department of Neurology, University of Wisconsin

    2011: Selected for American Neurological Association

    2012: American Neurological Association Distinguished Neurology Teacher Award

  • Videos & Media +

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    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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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-4259
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-4259
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    • Neurology - Pediatric Neurology
    • Neurology - Epilepsy

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