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Fellowship overview


The Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship at Children's Mercy Kansas City aims to provide the fellow with the educational, clinical and research experience he/she needs to deliver the highest quality of care to epilepsy patients. 

Children's Mercy features a Level 4 comprehensive epilepsy center serving the Midwest area. It is a tertiary referral center for management of intractable epilepsy and surgical evaluation.

Ahmed Abdelmoity, MD is the Director of the Neurology and Epilepsy Divisions. Mohammed Ilyas, MD and Kailash Pawar, MD are the Epilepsy Fellowship Program Directors. Some of the highlights of the Epilepsy Program are: 

  • 8 Board-certified pediatric epileptologists, 5 partnered adult epileptologists at KUMC, 3 pediatric neurosurgery faculty and two epilepsy neuropsychologists
  • 8-room Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in Kansas with over 1,000 studies yearly
  • 4-room Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in Missouri with over 500 studies yearly (starting in 2022)
  • Over 3,000 routine EEGs yearly
  • One of the largest ketogenic diet programs with more than 250 children actively taking the diet
  • One of the largest neuromodulation programs with over 70-80 implantations yearly
  • Large epilepsy surgery program with a wide variety of surgery types, from lesional, non-lesional, one stage, two stages, stereotactic EEG, hemispherotomy, etc., with over 30 cases yearly.
  • LASER ablation program
  • Epilepsy clinic with over 5000 patients yearly
  • Intraoperative monitoring program with over 25 monitored cases per month

Your clinical experience


The Epilepsy Fellowship at Children's Mercy is an ACGME-accredited one-year exclusive pediatric epilepsy program that focuses on developing the skills of interpreting electroencephalogram (EEG), and evaluation/treatment of epilepsy across the pediatric spectrum including children requiring epilepsy surgery, VNS implantation, and ketogenic diet therapy.

More about your clinical experience and rotations

Academic curriculum


Fellows in the Epilepsy Fellowship program have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of patients and conditions through lectures, presentations and rounds.

View a sample of the academic schedule

Apply for the program

The Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship program currently accepts one fellow every year. Applicants preferably will have completed a child neurology residency program prior to starting the fellowship.

The Epilepsy Fellowship participates in the National Resident Matching Program. Prospective candidates should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Services. Specific application requirements and materials are available through the ERAS system.

Our Epilepsy Fellowship leadership team

Mohammed Ilyas, MD, FACNS
Program Director
milyas@cmh.edu

Kailash Pawar, MD
Associate Program Director
kpawar@cmh.edu

Rachel Laws, MBA, C-TAGME
Sr. Fellowship Coordinator
(816) 983-6487
rmlaws@cmh.edu