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Ernesto Gonzalez-Giraldo


Pediatric neurologist and epilepsy specialist
Foodie, amateur chef, and lover of languages and cultures

Dr. Ernesto Gonzalez-Giraldo is a pediatric neurologist who cares for children with epilepsy. He specializes in treating patients whose seizures have failed to respond to initial anti-seizure medications. He evaluates patients for epilepsy surgery, including the placement of devices that treat seizures by stimulating the vagus nerve or by responsive neurostimulation. He also has a special interest in treating epilepsy with the ketogenic diet, a low carbohydrate, high-fat diet that has been shown to reduce seizures in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.

His research focuses on treating infantile spasms, a seizure disorder that arises in the first year of life and can severely impact development and cognition if not treated early. He also studies various anti-seizure medications and the ketogenic diet to evaluate their effectiveness in treating epilepsy.

He earned his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and a residency in child neurology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed a fellowship in epilepsy at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

He belongs to the American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society.

  • Education

    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, MD, 2013

  • Residencies

    Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Pediatrics, 2015

    Johns Hopkins Hospital, Child Neurology, 2018

  • Fellowships

    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Epilepsy, 2019

  • Board Certifications

    Epilepsy, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

    Neurology w/ Special Qualification in Child Neurology - General, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

The best thing about my job is helping patients, parents and families seize the power from their epilepsy and live the lives they deserve.

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