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Our Story

We are practicing academic pediatric epilepsy specialists working together for children under our care. Our long-term goal is to change practice and improve outcomes for children with epilepsy by creating a learning healthcare system. A learning healthcare system collects electronic health information from multiple sites and disseminates analyses to change practice and continuously improve outcomes. This approach has dramatically improved health outcomes for children with other pediatric diseases, notably cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and hypoplastic left heart syndrome. In 2017, thanks to a generous grant from the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation, we launched the Pediatric Epilepsy Learning Healthcare System (PELHS). We are grateful for additional support from Weill Cornell Medicine, the BAND foundation, the Epilepsy Foundation, and the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.
The Pediatric Epilepsy Learning Healthcare System (PELHS) is a project affiliated with the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium (PERC). We believe deeply in the mission of PERC, which is to foster collaborative collegial practice changing research to improve outcomes for children with epilepsy.

Leadership Core

Zachary Grinspan, M.D., M.S.

Principle Investigator
Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Weill Cornell Medicine 

Renee Shellhaas, M.D., M.S.

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Research
University of Michigan


Anne T. Berg, Ph.D.

Research Professor of Pediatrics
Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School
of Medicine


Anup D. Patel, M.D.

Section Chief of Pediatric Neurology
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Neurology
The Ohio State University College of Medicine


Jeffrey Buchalter, M.D.

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