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Karen Ballaban-Gil, MD

Dr. Ballaban-Gil is-Associate Director of the Montefiore Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Clinical Pediatrics, and the Director of the Child Neurology Residency Training Program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She graduated magna cum laude from Albany Medical College. Dr. Ballaban-Gil trained in general pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and trained in child neurology and clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She received board certification in pediatrics, in neurology with special competence in child neurology and in clinical neurophysiology.

Dr. Ballaban-Gil has a large clinical practice in child neurology, including the evaluation and treatment of children with epilepsy, headaches, sleep disorders, autism and other developmental disabilities. Her research interests include the relationship between epilepsy and language regression in youngsters with Landau-Kleffner syndrome, autism and other developmental disorders of higher cognitive functioning. In addition, she runs the ketogenic diet program for the management of intractable epilepsy at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore. Her publications include numerous papers on autism, epilepsy-related language disorders, and the ketogenic diet.