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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
B.A. (English )
Yale University, 1996.
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.
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

Kessler SK, Blank LJ, Glusman J, Thibault D, Massey S, Abend NS, Szperka CL, Crispo JAG, Willis AW : Unplanned Readmissions of Children with Epilepsy in the United States. Pediatric Neurology Jan 2020 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2020.01.010.

Snyder KJG, Amaral S, Kessler S, Lefkowitz D, Levy TJ, Hewlett J, Levin S, Feudtner C. : Pediatric Hand Transplantation: A Decision Analysis. Hand Dec 2019 Notes: doi: 10.1177/1558944719890041.

Loring DW, Meador KJ, Shinnar S, Gaillard WD, Wheless JW, Kessler SK, Conry JA, Berl MM, Burns TG, Glauser TA, Kinkead B, Cnaan A, for the COPE Study Group: Differential Antiseizure Medication Sensitivity of the Affective Reactivity Index:A Randomized Controlled Trial in New Onset Pediatric Focal Epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior Dec 2019.

Witzman S, Massey SL, Kessler S, Gonzalez-Giraldo E, Fridinger SE, Worden L, Lewin N, Dlugos D, Melamed S, Fitzgerald M, Fung FW, Ferruzi M, McNamee N, LaFalce D, Donnelly M, Haywood A, Allen-Napoli L, Banwell B, Abend NS.: Acceptability of Standardized EEG Reporting in an Electronic Health Record. J Clin Neurophysiol Oct 2019.

Gofshteyn JS, Le T, Kessler S, Kamens R, Carr C, Gaetz W, Bloy L, Roberts TPL, Schwartz ES, Marsh ED: Synthetic aperture magnetometry and excess kurtosis mapping of Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is predictive of epilepsy surgical outcome in a large pediatric cohort. Epilepsy Research Sept 2019.

Fitzgerald MP, Massey SL, Fung FW, Kessler SK, Abend NS.: High electroencephalographic seizure exposure is associated with unfavorable outcomes in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Seizure 61: 221-226, Oct 2018.

Martin-Brevet S, Rodríguez-Herreros B, Nielsen JA, Moreau C, Modenato C, Maillard AM, Pain A, Richetin S, Jønch AE, Qureshi AY, Zürcher NR, Conus P; 16p11.2 European Consortium; Simons Variation in Individuals Project (VIP) Consortium, Chung WK, Sherr EH, Spiro JE, Kherif F, Beckmann JS, Hadjikhani N, Reymond A, Buckner RL, Draganski B, Jacquemont S. : Quantifying the Effects of 16p11.2 Copy Number Variants on Brain Structure: A Multisite Genetic-First Study. Biol Psychiatry Aug 2018.

Devinsky O, Patel AD, Cross JH, Villanueva V, Wirrell EC, Privitera M, Greenwood SM, Roberts C, Checketts D, VanLandingham KE, Zuberi SM; GWPCARE3 Study Group.: Effect of Cannabidiol on Drop Seizures in the Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. N Engl J Med 378(20): 1888-1897, May 2018.

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 Apr 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 Mar 2018.

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