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Donna J Stephenson, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology
Attending Physician, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Head, Community Neurology Section, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Medical Director of Operations and Outreach, Division of Neurology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Medical Director Specialty Care, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Neurology

Contact information
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19401
Office: 267-425-8544
Fax: 267-425-8517
none (Combined Studies in Science)
The University of Leeds, 1988.
B.S. (Biology/Psychology)
Juniata College, 1989.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1995.
Certificat ( Health Care Innovation -Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy)
University of Pennsylvania, 2020.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco, 1995-1996.
Resident in Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco, 1996-1997.
Resident in Neurology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1997-2000.
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2001.
The American Board of Pediatrics- expired 2009, 2002.
The American Board of Psychology and Neurology, 2012.
Headache Medicine by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties, 2014.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

I have a special interest in neurobehavioral and neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, Autism, Tourette Syndrome, Learning Disabilities and Developmental Delay.

Selected Publications

Christina L. Szperka, Marissa Anto, Donna J. Stephenson: Headache. Netter's Pediatrics, 2nd edition. Rebecca Tenney Soeiro MD MSEd and Erin Pete Devon MD (eds.) (eds.). 2022.

Ullman N, Stephenson DJ: Focal Status 9 Years after Brain Abscess. Practical Neurology. Anne Sydor (eds.). October 2021.

Fitzgerald M, Kauffman M, Massey S, Fridinger S, Prelack M, Ellis C, Ortiz-Gonzalez X, Fried L, DiGiovine M, Melamed S, Malcolm M, Banwell B, Stephenson DJ, Witzman S, Gonzalez A, Dlugos D, Kessler S, Goldberg E, Abend N, Helbig I: Assessing seizure burden in pediatric epilepsy using an electronic medical record-based tool through a common data element approach. Epilepsia 62(7): 1617-1628, July 2021.

Chadehumbe M, Craig S, Stephenson DJ, Helbig I.: Child Neurology Telemedicine: Understanding the Data We Have and Finding the Patients We Do Not See. Pediatric Neurology 116(1): 84, Mar 2021.

Rametta SC, Fridinge SE, Gonzalez AK, Xian J, Galer PD, Kaufman m, Prelack MS, Sharif U, Fitzgerald MP, Melemed SE, Malcolm MP, Kessler SK, Stephenson DJ, Banwell BL, Abend NS, Helbig I: Analyzing 2,589 child neurology telehealth encounters necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Neurology. Walter Kluwer Health, 95(9): e1257-e1266, September 2020.

Vernau, BT, Stephenson, DJ: Delayed Onset Abducens Palsy in a Concussed Child. Current Sports Medicine Reports 17(1): 20-22, January 2018.

Stephenson, D. J. and Hall, A.L: An Integrative Approach to Pediatric Headache Management: Nutraceuticals. Current Pediatrics Reports. Stephenson, D. J. (eds.). Springerlink, 5(2): 77-85, June 2017.

Gofshteyn JS1, Stephenson DJ2: Diagnosis and Management of Childhood Headache. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care 46(2): 36-51, February 2016 Notes: Epub 2015 Dec 29.

Donna J. Stephenson: Chapter 49 - How do I diagnose tics and how do I treat them? When is it considered Tourette Syndrome? Curbside Consult in Pediatric Neurology: 49 Clinical Questions. Licht, D and Ryan, N (eds.). SLACK Incorporated, 2015.

Donna J. Stephenson: Chapter 13 - What is a Breath Holding Spell? Can it be treated? Curbside Consults in Pediatric Neurology: 49 Clinical Questions. Licht, D and Ryan N (eds.). SLACK Incorporated, 2015.

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