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Pediatric Epileptologist, Division of Neurology

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


"We use a team-based model of care in which multiple members of the team work together to care for our patients."

About Me


As a pediatric epileptologist, I treat children and adolescents who have epilepsy. I also specialize in surgery for epilepsy and the ketogenic diet. This diet may help reduce the number or severity of seizures in patients who don’t respond to anti-epileptic drugs. I was inspired to pursue my career by my younger sister, who has developmental disabilities.

In my practice, we use a team-based model of care in which multiple members of the team work together to care for our patients. These team members include medical assistants, registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, social workers, nutritionists, specialty pharmacists, psychologists and physicians.

Our patients interact with each of us for various types of care. As a multidisciplinary team, we meet and talk to each other about our patients. We also coordinate closely with a nutritionist for patients who use the ketogenic diet and neurosurgery, psychology and neuroradiology for surgery evaluations.

With my research, I’m focused on finding alternative treatment options for patients with intractable epilepsy. I spend my free time with my husband and our infant son. We also enjoy getting to know Cincinnati.

Clinical Interests

Epilepsy; EEG; ketogenic diet

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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My Education

MD/PhD: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, 2013.

Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 2015.

Residency: Pediatric Neurology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 2018.

Fellowship: Epilepsy, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 2019.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Effects of seizures on developing brain. Fong, S; Stafstrom, CE. In: Cataltepe O; Jallo G, Ed. Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery: Preoperative Assessment and Surgical Treatment. New York: Thieme; 2019.

Ketogenic diet in metabolic epilepsies. Fong, S; Kossoff, E. In: Pearl P, Ed. Inherited metabolic epilepsies. New York: Springer Publishing Company; 2018.

Cannabinoids as future treatment for refractory epilepsy. Fong, S; Kossoff, E. Contemporary Pediatrics. 2018; 35:1-3.

Reading affect in the face and voice: neural correlates of interpreting communicative intent in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Wang, AT; Lee, SS; Sigman, M; Dapretto, M. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2007; 64:698-708.

Developmental changes in the neural basis of interpreting communicative intent. Wang, AT; Lee, SS; Sigman, M; Dapretto, M. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 2006; 1:107-121.

Neural basis of irony comprehension in children with autism: the role of prosody and context. Wang, AT; Lee, SS; Sigman, M; Dapretto, M. Brain. 2006; 129:932-943.

Metaphorical vs. literal word meanings: fMRI evidence against a selective role of the right hemisphere. Lee, SS; Dapretto, M. NeuroImage. 2006; 29:536-544.

A functional magnetic resonance imaging study of discourse coherence in typically developing children. Dapretto, M; Lee, SS; Caplan, R. NeuroReport. 2005; 16:1661-1665.