Nicholas Scott Abend, MD

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Professor of Neurology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Medical Director, Clinical Neurophysiology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Associate Scholar, Epidemiology Unit, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Strategy and Inpatient Operations, Division of Neurology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Senior Medical Director, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Neuroscience Center)
Department: Neurology

Contact information
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Division of Neurology
Colket Translational Research Building, Room 10016
3501 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-590-1719
Fax: 215-590-1771
Washington University, 1998.
MD (Medicine)
University of Chicago School of Medicine, 2002.
MSCE (Clinical Epidemiology )
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2015.
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Description of Research Expertise

Pediatric Epilepsy, EEG Monitoring in Critically Ill Children and Neonates, Management of Pediatric Status Epilepticus, Identification and Management of Pediatric and Neonatal Non-Convulsive Seizures

Description of Clinical Expertise

Pediatric Epilepsy
Pediatric Electroencephalography

Description of Other Expertise

Quality Improvement

Selected Publications

Hutchinson M, Nash K, Abend N, Moharir M, Wells E, Messer R, Palaganas J, Helbig I, Wietstock S, Suslovic W, Gonzalez A, Kaufman M, Press C, Piantino J: Multicenter Study of the Impact of COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place on Tertiary Hospital-Based Care for Pediatric Neurologic Disease. Neurohospitalist 12(2): 218-226, 2022.

DiGiovine MP, Massey SL, LaFalce D, Vala L, Allen-Napoli L, Banwell BL, Abend NS.: Video Ambulatory EEG in Children – A Quality Improvement Study. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology 39: 271-275, 2022.

Herzberg E, Glass HC, Shellhaas RA, Wusthoff CJ, Chang T, Abend NS, Chu CJ, Cilio R, Bonifacio SL, Massey SL, McCulloch CE, Soul JS: Seizure severity and treatment response in term and preterm neonates with seizures attributed to intracranial hemorrhage. Journal of Pediatrics 242: 63-73, 2022.

Massey SL, Glass HC, Shellhaas RA, Bonifacio S, Chang T, Chu C, Cilio MR, Lemmon ME, McCulloch CE, Soul JS, Thomas C, Wusthoff CJ, Xiao R, Abend NS: Characteristics of Neonates with Cardiopulmonary Diseases who Experience Seizures: A Multi-Center Study. Journal of Pediatrics 243: 63-73, 2022.

Keene JC, Morgan JA, Abend N, Bates S, Huang SL, Chang T, Chu CJ, Glass HC, Massey S, Ostrander B, Pardo AC, Press C, Soul J, Shellhaas R, Thomas C, Natarajan N.: Treatment of Neonatal seizures: Comparison of Treatment Pathways from 11 Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Pediatric Neurology 128: 67-74, 2022.

Frank LS, Shellhaas RA, Lemmon ME, Sturza J, Barnes M, Brogi T, Hill E, Moline K, Soul JS, Chang T, Wusthoff CJ, Chu CJ, Massey SL, Abend NS, Thomas C, Rogers EE, McCulloch CE, Glass HC.: Parent mental health and family coping over two years after birth of a child with acute neonatal seizures. Children 9(1), 2022.

Vakorin VA, Dragos NA, Payne ET, McBain KL, Frndova H, Go C, Ribary U, Abend NS, Gallentine WB, Nash KB, Hutchinson JS, Parshuram CS, Snear OC, Van Straaten IECW, Stam CJ, Doesburg SM, Hahn DC: Alterations in coordinated electroencephalographic activity precede the development of seizures among comatose children. Clinical Neurophysiology 132(7): 1505-1514, July 2021.

Glass HC, Soul JS, Change T, Wusthoff C, Chu CJ, Massey SL, Abend NS, Lemmon M, Thomas C, Numis AL, Guillet R, Sturza J, McNamara NA, Rogers EE, Franck LS, McCulloch CE, Shellhaas RA: Safety of early discontinuation of anti-seizure medication after acute symptomatic neonatal seizures: a prospective, multi-center comparative effectiveness study. JAMA Neurology 78(7): 817-825, July 2021.

Fitzgerald MP, Kaufman MC, Masset SL, Fridinger S, Prelack M, Ellis C, Ortiz-Gonzalez X, Fried LE, DiGiovine MP, Melamed S, Malcolm M, Banwell B, Stephenson D, Witzman S, Gonzalez A, Dlugos D, Kessler S, Goldberg EM, Abend NS, Helbig I.: Assessing seizure burden in pediatric epilepsy using a medical record based tool through a common data element approach. Epilepsia 62(7): 1617-1628, July 2021.

Aguilar CB, Amengual-Gual M, Fernandez IS, Abend NS, Anderson A, Appavu B, Arya R, Brenton JN, Carpenter JL, Chapman KE, Clark J, Farias-Mouller R, Gaillard WD, Gainza-Lein M, Glauser TA, Goldstein JK, Goodkin HP, Guerriero RM, Huh L, Lai YC, Lai YC, McDonough TL, Mikati MA, Morgan LA, Novotny EJ, Ostendorf AP, Payne ET, Peariso K, Piantino J, Riviello JJ, Sannagowdara K, Sheehan T, Sands TT, Tasker RC, Tchapyjnikov D, Topjian AA, Vasquez A, Wainwright MS, Wilfong AA, Williams K, Loddenkemper T. : Time to Treatment in Pediatric Convulsive Refractory Status Epilepticus: The Weekend Effect. Pediatric Neurology 120(1): 71-79, July 2021.

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