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Project CARE: Surgery, Diet & Epilepsy - [Video]
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Elia Pestana Knight, MD

  • Epilepsy Center
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Cleveland Clinic

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Join Dr. Elia Pestana Knight, Pediatric Neurologist at Cleveland Clinic in a live Spreecast discussion about the surgery and diet therapies for epilepsy in children. This discussion will describe the different types of epilepsy surgeries and how patients are selected. Techniques for neurostimulation (VNS and neuropace) will also be discussed.
The nutrition portion of the discussion will cover the types of dietary treatment for epilepsy including the Ketogenic diet, the modified Atkins diet and the low glycemic index diet, with particular emphasis on what the diets are, the consequences and side effects related to the diets, and well-known sources of carbohydrates.

About the Speaker
Dr Elia M. Pestana Knight is a pediatric epileptologist in the Pediatric Epilepsy Section, Epilepsy Center, Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute, Cleveland, Ohio. She completed medical school in Cuba (1991) and trained in general neurology (1995) and pediatric neurology (1996) at the Instituto Nacional de Neurologia y Neurocirugia, Havana, Cuba. After moving to the United States in 1999, Dr Pestana Knight completed a research fellowship in epilepsy at the Cleveland Clinic (2004), residency training in Pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital (2007), and Pediatric Neurology residency at the University of Michigan (2010). She is board certified in Pediatrics, Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology and Epilepsy.

Dr Pestana Knight has more than 10 papers published in peer-reviewed journals. Her areas of research interest include co-morbidities in pediatric epilepsy, epileptic encephalopathy, epilepsy surgery and pediatric epilepsy outcomes. Dr Pestana Knight is an enthusiastic teacher. She loves taking care of children with epilepsy and their families, particularly children with refractory seizures.

About Project CARE (Coordination Access Resources Education 4 Epilepsy)

Project CARE is a collaborative series of educational video webinars designed to improve care coordination, provide education, and increase social support and engagement for children with epilepsy and their families. It is funded by the Health Resources Services Administration (Grant #H98MC26260) and coordinated between Cleveland Clinic and Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Project CARE educational series will cover a number of topics about medical and mental health issues important to youth with epilepsy and their families. The webinars will be presented by epilepsy specialists followed by interactive communication with registrants.

We hope that you will be able to join any or all of the upcoming Project CARE topics.

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