Pediatric Neurologist: Sujay Kansagra, MD

Pediatric Neurologist: Sujay Kansagra, MD


My name’s Sujay Kansagra, I’m an Assistant Professor in
the division of Pediatric Neurology, and the Director of the Pediatric
Neurology Sleep Medicine Program. My goal is to take care of children that
have a variety of pediatric neurology problems. And the most common of those
issues includes epilepsy and seizures, febrile seizures in children. We often deal with children with
headaches, migraines, developmental delay, and then on top of that, I also have
a particular specialty in sleep disorders. And so I see children that have
a variety of sleep issues, including things like narcolepsy,
sleep apnea, parasomnias, insomnia. When there’s a sleep issue in the family,
it can affect how everybody does, not just the patient, but the family. It can effect how the child does in
school, it can effect how the child develops, and it can worsen
essentially any other medical or psychiatric condition that
the child may be experiencing. So it’s very gratifying for
me when I see a child that has a treatable medical disorder, something like seizures,
sleep disorder, what ever it is. Treating that and then seeing all the other things the child
is supposed to be doing, with development, with school work, interaction with family,
all of that actually get better. When families come to meet me, I think
they can expect a pretty open dynamic. Our goal is here in pediatrics as a whole
is to engage not only the patient but the family obviously,
in pediatrics that’s incredibly important. And rarely in medicine is
there a one right approach, or one answer fits all approach. And so we pride ourselves on making sure
that we’re working closely with family and patients. To understand their needs, their values,
their goals in the care for their children, and so when they
come to me, I’m very open to that. I’m very receptive to the family’s goals
and what they’d like for their child, and we work together to
move towards that goal.

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