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Sudha Vani Kilaru Kessler, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Program Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania
Program Director, Child Neurology Residency, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Neurology

Contact information
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3400 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-590-1719
Fax: 215-590-1771
Education:
B.A. (English )
Yale University, 1996.
M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine, 2001.
MSCE (Clinical Epidemiology )
Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania, 2014.
Post-Graduate Training
Resident, General Pediatrics, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, 2001-2003.
Resident, Child Neurology, University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2003-2006.
Fellow, Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology, Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, 2006-2007.
Certifications
American Board of Pediatrics, 2006.
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2007.
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Epilepsy, 2013.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Pediatric Epilepsy, EEG, Antiepileptic Drugs, Epilepsy Surgery, Ketogenic Diet

Selected Publications

Ambron E, White N, Faseyitan O, Kessler SK, Medina J, Coslett HB: Magnifying the view of the hand changes its cortical representation: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 18: 1-10, April 2018.

Elizabeth A Thiele, Eric D Marsh, Jacqueline A French, Maria Mazurkiewicz-Beldzinska, Selim R Benbadis, Charuta Joshi, Paul D Lyons, Adam Taylor, Claire Roberts, Kenneth Sommerville, on behalf of the GWPCARE4 Study Group: Cannabidiol in patients with seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (GWPCARE4): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. The Lancet January 2018 Notes: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30136-3.

Ortiz-González XR, Tintos-Hernández JA, Keller K, Li X, Foley AR, Bharucha-Goebel DX, Kessler SK, Yum SW, Crino PB, He M, Wallace DC, Bönnemann CG.: Homozygous Boricua TBCK Mutation Causes Neurodegeneration and Aberrant Autophagy. Annals of Neurology December 2017 Notes: epub ahead of print.

Gaetz W, Kessler SK, Roberts TPL, Berman JI, Levy TJ, Hsia M, Humpl D, Schwartz ES, Amaral S, Chang B, Levin LS: Massive cortical reorganization is reversible following bilateral transplants of the hands: Evidence from the first successful bilateral pediatric hand transplant patient. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology 5(1): 92-97, Dec 2017.

Rikke S Møller, Carolien G.F. de Kovel, Steffen Syrbe, Bitten Schönewolf-Greulich, Mette Rokkjær, Dea Svaneby, Line HG Larsen, Eva H. Brilstra, Nienke Verbeek, Bronwyn Kerr, Holly Dubbs, Allan Bayat, Sonal Desai, Sakkubai Naidu, Siddharth Srivastava, Hande Caglayan, Uluc Yis, Carol Saunders, Martin Rook, Susanna Plugge, Vijayakumar Jayaraman, Ramakrishnan Rajagopalan, Ethan Goldberg, Eric Marsh, Sudha Kessler, Christina Bergqvist, Laura Conlin, Bryan Krock, Isabelle Thiffault, Manuela Pendziwiat, Ingo Helbig, Tilman Polster, Ingo Borggraefe, Johannes R. Lemke, Marie-José van den Boogaardt, Elena Gardella, Bobby P.C. Koeleman : Neurodevelopment disorders caused by de novo variants in KCNB1: genotypes and phenotypes JAMA Neurology 74(10): 1228-1236, October 2017.

Kessler SK, Shinnar S, Cnaan A, Dlugos D, Conry J, Hirtz D, Hu F, Liu C, Mizrahi EM, Moshe SL, Clark P, Glauser TA. : Pretreatment Seizure Semiology in Childhood Absence Epilepsy. Neurology 89(7): 673-679, August 2017.

Michael Jurkiewicz, Sudha Kilaru Kessler, Lisa Blaskey, Erin S Schwartz, Timothy P Roberts, William Gaetz: Neuromagnetic responses to tactile stimulation of the fingers: Evidence for reduced cortical inhibition for children with autism spectrum disorder and children with epilepsy Neuroimage: Clinical 16(1): 624-633, June 2017.

Fitzgerald M, Kessler SK, Abend NS: Early discontinuation of anti-seizure medications in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Epilepsia 58(6): 1047-1053, June 2017.

Devinsky O, Cross JH, Laux L, Marsh E, Miller I, Nabbout R, Scheffer IE, Thiele EA, Wright S, for the Cannabidiol in Dravet Syndrome Study Group: Trial of Cannabidiol for Drug-Resistant Seizures in the Dravet Syndrome. New England Journal of Medicine 376(21), May 2017.

Uohara MY, Beslow LA, Billinghurst L, Jones BM, Kessler SK, Licht DJ, Ichord RN: Incidence of Recurrence in Posterior Circulation Childhood Arterial Ischemic Stroke. JAMA Neurology 74(3): 316-323, March 2017.

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