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Susan L. Fong, MD, PhD

  • 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.
Susan L. Fong, MD, PhD



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.

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.


Epilepsy; EEG; ketogenic diet

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Comparing electrical stimulation functional mapping with subdural electrodes and stereoelectroencephalography. Aungaroon, G; Vedala, K; Byars, AW; Ervin, B; Rozhkov, L; Horn, PS; Ihnen, SK Z; Holland, KD; Tenney, JR; Kremer, K; et al. Epilepsia. 2023; 64:1527-1540.


Clinical validation of magnetoencephalography network analysis for presurgical epilepsy evaluation. Fujiwara, H; Kadis, DS; Greiner, HM; Holland, KD; Arya, R; Aungaroon, G; Fong, SL; Arthur, TM; Kremer, KM; Lin, N; et al. Clinical Neurophysiology. 2022; 142:199-208.


Further Characterization of SMC1A Loss of Function Epilepsy Distinct From Cornelia de Lange Syndrome. Barañano, KW; Kimball, A; Fong, SL; Egense, AS; Hudon, C; Kline, AD. Journal of Child Neurology. 2022; 37:390-396.


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.


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