Dennis Dlugos, MD, MSCE

Dennis Dlugos, MD, is a pediatric neurologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Epilepsy genetics, Epilepsy surgery, Pediatric epilepsy, Video-EEG monitoring
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    Dennis J. Dlugos, MD, MSCE, is a Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He is director of the Section of Clinical Neurophysiology and the Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship.

    Dr. Dlugos obtained his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons in 1988, and a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) from the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2002.  He completed an internship in Pediatrics at the NationalNavalMedicalCenter in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1989, and served as an Undersea Medical Officer in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1993.  He then completed a residency in Pediatrics at ThomasJeffersonUniversity and Alfred I. duPont Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware.  Dr. Dlugos then completed a residency in Neurology/Child Neurology and a fellowship in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    Dr. Dlugos is board certified in Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology, Pediatrics, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Clinical Neurophysiology with special qualifications in Epilepsy Monitoring.  Dr. Dlugos is a co-investigator on NIH grants involving epilepsy genetics, pharmacogenetics, and epilepsy surgery.  Dr. Dlugos is course director of Brain and Behavior, a 9-week Clinical Neuroscience course in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine curriculum.

    Dr. Dlugos is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the AmericanAcademy of Neurology, the American Epilepsy Society, the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, and the Child Neurology Society.  Dr. Dlugos is a frequent lecturer locally and at national medical meetings on topics related to pediatric neurology, epilepsy, and electroencephalograms.  He has published papers in journals such as Neurology, Epilepsia, Archives of Neurology, Pediatric Neurology, and Journal of Child Neurology

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY


    National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD


    University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Additional Training

    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    Child Neurology
    Clinical Neurophysiology
    Epilepsy Monitoring

    Graduate Degree

    MS in Clinical Epidemiology - University of Pennsylvania, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Philadelphia, PA

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Professor, Neurology and Pediatrics

    Section Head, Clinical Neurophysiology

    Professor of Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Departments and Services
  • Research Interests

    Epilepsy genetics
    Intensive Care EEG monitoring
    Epilepsy surgery

  • Publications




    Abend NS, Gutierrez-Colina AM, Dlugos DJ. Medical treatment of pediatric status epilepticus. Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2010 Sep;17(3):169-75. Read abstract.



    Abend NS, Dlugos DJ, Hahn CD, Hirsch LJ, Herman ST. Use of EEG monitoring and management of non-convulsive seizures in critically ill patients: a survey of neurologists. Neurocrit Care. 2010 Jun;12(3):382-9. Read abstract.


    Abend NS, Monk HM, Licht DJ, Dlugos DJ.Intravenous levetiracetam in critically ill children with status epilepticus or acute repetitive seizures. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2009 Jul;10(4):505-10. Read abstract.


    Abend NS, Topjian AA, Gutierrez-Colina AM, Donnelly M, Clancy RR, Dlugos DJ. Impact of Continuous EEG Monitoring on Clinical Management in Critically Ill Children. Neurocrit Care. 2010 May 25. [Epub ahead of print] Read abstract.


    Pellock JM, Hrachovy R, Shinnar S, Baram TZ, Bettis D, Dlugos DJ, Gaillard WD, Gibson PA, Holmes GL, Nordli DR, O'Dell C, Shields WD, Trevathan E, Wheless JW. Infantile spasms: A U.S. consensus report. Epilepsia. 2010 Jul 1. [Epub ahead of print] Read abstract.



    Glauser TA, Cnaan A, Shinnar S, Hirtz DG, Dlugos D, Masur D, Clark PO, Capparelli EV, Adamson PC; Childhood Absence Epilepsy Study Group. Ethosuximide, valproic acid, and lamotrigine in childhood absence epilepsy. N Engl J Med. 2010 Mar 4;362(9):790-9. Read abstract.