Programs & Services

Epilepsy Program


Finding New Ways to Diagnose, Treat, and Cure Epilepsy in Children

According to the Centers of Disease Control, more than 400,000 children in the United states under the age of 17 have epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona, estimates 6,100 children in Arizona have epilepsy, and about 1,800 of those children have intractable (difficult to treat or cure) seizures that require specialized care. In addition to the physical consequences of the disease, intractable seizures often limit a child's social life and can prohibit activities like bike riding, swimming, and driving.

Dr. John Kerrigan, a Pediatric Epileptologist, leads the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Barrow at Phoenix Children's is recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Children who have not responded to two or more medications should be referred to a Pediatric Epilepsy Center for evaluation.

Collaborative, Enhanced Care

Phoenix Children's brings in top talent, uses cutting-edge technology, and customizes patient plans based on the latest developments in treatment. Specialized medical equipment, pediatric patient rooms, and pediatric specialists - in addition to the hospital's family-centered focus - makes the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital uniquely qualified to treat pediatric patients. Barrow at Phoenix Children's has provided state-of-the-art care for thousands of children with epilepsy. The collaborative program also includes our pediatric psychologists, neuropsychologists, and psychiatrists, for the well-rounded care needed to achieve the best results.

Hypothalamic Hamartoma Program

We have the only multidisciplinary program for evaluating and treating pediatric patients with hypothalamic hamartomas (HH) in the United States. We are one of the leading programs in the world for hypothalamic hamartoma research including the development of innovative surgical therapies for this rare and disabling disorder.

Research, Education, and Partnerships

The Epilepsy Program is an active participant in making new drug therapies for epilepsy available for children by participating in drug development trials. Researchers are also using state of the art EEG methods to diagnose seizures in the intensive care units.

The Epilepsy Program is active in training medical students, residents, fellows and practicing physicians to provide the highest possible standard of care for children with epilepsy.

Our staff works at taking research discoveries in pediatric epilepsy and translating them from bench to bedside.

Contact us

Phone: 602-933-0970

Please Bring the Following Information to Your Child's First Appointment:

  • Medical history form (English  |  Spanish)
  • ​Medical records
  • Prior scans (CD or film)
  • Prior Test Results

If you can send this informationto us ahead of time, all the better! All patient forms can be found here: Patient Forms. If possible please complete and either send forms to us beforehand or bring them with to your appointment.


Ambulatory Building (B), 3rd Floor
Phoenix Children's Hospital - Main Campus
1919 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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