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

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

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  • Director of the John M. Freeman Pediatric Epilepsy Center
  • Professor of Neurology


Development Delay, Epilepsy, Headache, Neurocutaneous Disorders, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Neurofibromatosis more

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 more

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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


  • Director of the John M. Freeman Pediatric Epilepsy Center
  • Lederer Endowed Chair of Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology
  • Professor of Neurology
  • Professor of Pediatrics

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Centers & Institutes



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


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


  • Neurology; Boston Children's Hospital (1992)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Epilepsy) (2013)
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurology/Special Child Neurology) (1994)

Research & Publications

Activities & Honors


  • Distinguished Neurology Teacher Award, American Neurological Association, 2012
  • 2010: Residents’ Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin, 2010
  • Citation for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, 2007 - 2012
  • The Lily Epilepsy Research Prize, 2008
  • Selected for American Neurological Association, 2011
  • Top Doctor 2017, Baltimore Magazine, 2017 - 2017

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Recent News Articles and 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)

Staring Spells: When It's More Than Daydreaming Articles and Answers Johns Hopkins Medicine (11/19/2018)

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