Nicholas S. Abend, MD, MSCE

Nicholas S. Abend, MD, is an attending physician in the Division of Neurology, director of the Neurophysiology Lab, and medical director of Clinical Neurophysiology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Pediatric epilepsy, Video EEG monitoring, Management of seizures in critically ill children and neonates, Management of status epilepticus
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago, IL


    Pediatrics - The University of Chicago Children's Hospital, IL


    Child Neurology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    Epilepsy & Neurophysiology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    Child Neurology

    Graduate Degree

    Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) – University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Physician

    Director, Neurophysiology Lab

    Medical Director, Clinical Neurophysiology

    Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Departments and Services
  • Research Interests

    EEG Monitoring and Seizure Management in Critically Ill Children
    EEG Monitoring and Seizure Management in Neonates
    Status Epilepticus Management

  • Publications



    Herman ST, Abend NS, Bleck TP, Chapman KE, Drislane FW, Emerson RG, Gerard E, Hahn CD, Husain AM, Kaplan, PW, LaRoche SM, Nuwer MR, Quigg M, Riviello JJ, Schmitt SE, Simmons L, Tsuchida TN, Hirsch LJ.  Consensus Statement on Continuous EEG in Critically Ill Adults and Children, Part I: Indications.  Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology.   32 (2) 87-95  2015. Read the abstract.


    Glass HC, Wusthoff CJ, Shellhaas RA, Tsuchida TN, Bonifacio SL, Cordeiro M, Sullivan J, Abend NS, Chang T.  Risk Factors for Electrographic Seizures Among Neonates Treated with Hypothermia: A Multi-Center Study.  Neurology 82 (14) 1239-1244. 2014. Read the abstract.

    Wagenman KL, Blake TP, Sanchez SM, Schultheis MT, Radcliffe J, Berg RA, Dlugos DJ, Topjian AA, Abend NS.  Electrographic status epilepticus and long-term outcome in critically ill children.  Neurology 82 (5) 396-404 2014. Read the abstract.


    Abend NS, Arndt DH, Carpenter JL, Chapman KE, Cornett KM, Gallentine WB, Giza CC, Goldstein JL, Hahn CD, Lerner JT, Loddenkemper T, Matsumoto JH, McBain K, Nash KB, Payne E, Sanchez SM, Sanchez Fernandez I, Shults J, Williams K, Yang A, Dlugos DJ.  Electrographic Seizures in Critically Ill Children: Cohort Study of Risk Factors and Mortality.  Neurology. 81 (4) 383-391 2013. Read the abstract.

    Topjian AA, Gutierrez-Colina AM, Sanchez SM, Berg RA, Friess SH, Dlugos DJ, Abend NS.  Electrographic Status Epilepticus is Associated with Mortality and Worse Short-Term Outcome in Critically Ill Children.  Critical Care Medicine. 41(1)  210-218 2013. Read the abstract.

  • Leaderships
    Memberships in Professional Organizations

    Fellow, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society