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Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship

The Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is one of the ACGME-accredited fellowship programs at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University along with Clinical Neurophysiology, Sleep and Neuromuscular Medicine. There are two positions per year to train board certified/eligible child neurologists in the field of clinical pediatric epilepsy and electroencephalography. Fellows spend 10 to 11 months in pediatric epilepsy and one to two months in adult epilepsy. Fellows are eligible for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Epilepsy boards at the end of their training.


There are weekly didactic lectures and multidisciplinary meetings that fellows are expected to attend.

 Diversity & Inclusion

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. We encourage a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity, please see the McGaw Diversity & Inclusion page, the Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents & Fellows Forum and Feinberg School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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 Clinical Experience

Trainees develop an expertise in pediatric epilepsy by participating in inpatient consultations as well as outpatient epilepsy clinic, including subspecialty clinics (epilepsy and genetics, ketogenic diet clinic, tuberous sclerosis clinic, infantile spasms clinic, among others). During their year of training, fellows become proficient in electroencephalography (EEG) by reading and interpreting long term studies in the epilepsy monitoring unit, the routine EEG lab, the wards, and the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. Fellows will also participate in epilepsy surgery evaluation, electrocorticography, and intracranial monitoring. There are weekly didactic lectures and multidisciplinary meetings that fellows are expected to attend.


Opportunities to participate in clinical research are readily available and are expected during their training. The fellow must complete at least one research project during their training.

 Application Process

Interviews for the Epilepsy positions are by invitation only and will take place in summer for the pediatric applicants two years prior to start of the fellowship. Click here to download application form

Required documents:

  • Completed GME Application
  • 3 letters of recommendation. One of the letters of reference should be from your neurology or child neurology program director.
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • A copy of your state-of-residency (temporary or permanent) Medical License is required
  • Copy of official USMLE Step/Scores I, II & III

Please note that at this time, the Pediatric Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship program at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital is only able to offer support for J1 Visas.

All of the required items can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to Zulaika Guzman, Fellowship Coordinator.

Application inquiries should be directed to Zulaika Guzman, Fellowship Coordinator, or Rebecca Garcia Sosa, MD, Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship Director.


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 Video Gallery

All for Amelia

By the time Amelia was 5 weeks old, she was having 25 seizures a day. Her family tried different doctors and different medications, but nothing worked. When all hope seemed lost, they found Dr. John Millichap at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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Meet Priyamvada Tatachar, MD, Neurologist at Lurie Children's

Priyamvada Tatachar, MD, is a Neurologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Her special interests include neurology, tuberous sclerosis, and epilepsy.

Tatachar's Video

Meet Tiffani McDonough, MD, Epileptologist, and Neurologist at Lurie Children's

Tiffani McDonough, MD, is an Epileptologist and Neurologist​ at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. ​Her special interests include neurology.

McDonough's Video

Meet Dr. Srishti Nangia, Pediatric Epileptologist, Lurie Children's

Dr. Srishti Nangia is a pediatric epileptologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Nangia's special interests include epilepsy disorders, video EEG and infantile spasms.

Nangia's Video

Meet Sunita Misra, MD, Ph.D., Researcher, and Physician at Lurie Children's

Sunita Misra, MD, Ph.D., is a researcher, and physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Her special interests include neurology.

Misra's Video

Meet Dr. Linda Laux, Pediatric Epileptologist, Lurie Children's

Dr. Linda Laux is a pediatric epileptologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Lurie Children's Epilepsy Center is part of the Division of Neurology, ranked 5th in the nation for child neurology and neurosurgery by U.S.News & World Report.

Laux's Video


Fellowship Life

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Rebecca M. Garcia Sosa, MD

Rebecca M. Garcia Sosa, MD

Program Director, Pediatric Epilepsy fellowship, Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship


rgarciasosa( at )

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Zulaika Guzman

Zulaika Guzman

Medical Education Coordinator


zguzman( at )

More Information

Further program details, including the housestaff manual and a sample training contract, are available on the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University site.

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