Sona Narula, MD, is a pediatric neurologist in the Division of Neurology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia specializing in the care of children with multiple sclerosis and other neuro-inflammatory disorders.
Alexis Karlin and Sona Narula: Spinal Cord Disorders Netters Pediatrics Textbook: 2021.
Jacobs D, Narula S, and Zimmerman V: Development of an Effective Age-Span Program for Women with Multiple Sclerosis: A Patient Perspective The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, Virtual Meeting: 2020.
Hardy D and Narula, S: Antibody-Mediated Inflammatory Central Nervous System Disorders of Childhood Practical Neurology 2020 (March): 50-55,2020.
Gmuca S, Hardy DI, Narula S, Stoll S, Harris J, Zhao Y, Xiao R, Weiss PF, Waldman AT, Gerber JS.: Validation of claims-based diagnoses of adult and pediatric neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder and variations in diagnostic evaluation and treatment initiation Mult Scler Relat Disord 37: 101488,2020.
Matesanz S, Kotch C, Perrone C, Waanders AJ, Hill B, Narula S: Expanding the MOG phenotype: Brainstem encephalitis with punctate and curvilinear enhancement. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm 6 (6): e619,2019.
Waldman AT, Yeshokumar AK, Lavery A, Liu G, Pineles SL, Repka MX, Adang L, Narula S, Liu GT.: Validation of a symptom-based questionnaire for pediatric CNS demyelinating diseases. J AAPOS 23 (3): 157, 2019.
Makhani N, Lebrun C, Siva A, Narula S, Wassmer E, Brassat D, Brenton JN, Cabre P, Carra Dallière C, de Seze J, Durand Dubief F, Inglese M, Langille M, Mathey G, Neuteboom RF, Pelletier J, Pohl D, Reich DS, Ignacio Rojas J, Shabanova V, Shapiro ED, Stone RT, Tenembaum S, Tintoré M, Uygunoglu U, Vargas W, Venkateswaren S, Vermersch P, Kantarci O, Okuda DT, Pelletier D; Observatoire Francophone de la Sclérose en Plaques (OFSEP), Société Francophone de la Sclérose en Plaques (SFSEP), the Radiologically Isolated Syndrome Consortium (RISC) and the Pediatric Radiologically Isolated Syndrome Consortium (PARIS).: Oligoclonal bands increase the specificity of MRI criteria to predict multiple sclerosis in children with radiologically isolated syndrome. Mult Scler J Exp Transl Clin 20 (5): 2055217319836664,2019.
Narula S, Yeshokumar AK, Banwell B: Central Nervous System Vasculitis Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 21st edition (21): 167-169,2019.
Hill BJ, Narula S, Mian AY, Shekdar KV, Banwell B, Vossough A.: The Spectrum of MRI findings in Anti-Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein Antibody Associated CNS Demyelination in Children. Abstract for oral presentation, American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), New Orleans, LA Abstract for oral presentation, American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), New Orleans, LA : 2019.
Szperka CL, VanderPluym J, Orr SL, Oakley CB, Qubty W, Patniyot I, Lagman-Bartolome AM, Morris C, Gautreaux J, Victorio MC, Hagler S, Narula S, Candee MS, Cleves-Bayon C, Rao R, Fryer RH, Bicknese AR, Yonker M, Hershey AD, Powers SW, Goadsby PJ, Gelfand AA.: Recommendations on the Use of Anti-CGRP Monoclonal Antibodies in Children and Adolescents. Headache 58 (10): 1658-1669,2018.
Makhani N, Lebrun C, Siva A, Brassat D, Carra Dallière C, de Seze J, Du W, Durand Dubief F, Kantarci O, Langille M, Narula S, Pelletier J, Rojas JI, Shapiro ED, Stone RT, Tintoré M, Uygunoglu U, Vermersch P, Wassmer E, Okuda DT, Pelletier D. Radiologically isolated syndrome in children: Clinical and radiologic outcomes. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2017 Sep 25;4(6):e395. doi: 10.1212/NXI.0000000000000395. eCollection 2017 Nov.
Marino A, Narula S, Lerman MA. First Pediatric Patient With Neuromyelitis Optica and Sjögren Syndrome Successfully Treated With Tocilizumab. Pediatr Neurol. 2017 Aug;73:e5-e6. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2017.05.015. Epub 2017 May 26.
Datta R, Sethi V, Ly S, Waldman AT, Narual S, Dewey BE, Sati P, Reich D, Banwell F. 7T MRI Visualization of Cortical Lesions in Adolescents and Young Adults with Pediatric-Onset Multiple Sclerosis. J Neuroimaging. 2017 Aug 10. doi: 10.1111/jon.12465. [Epub ahead of print]
Narula S. Pediatric multiple sclerosis: updates in epidemiology, clinical features and management. Neurodegener Dis Manag. 2016 Dec;6(6s):3-7.
Gmuca S, Boos MD, Treece A, Narula S, Billinghurst L, Bhatti T, Laje P, Perman MJ, Vossough A, Harding B, Burnham J, Banwell B. Degos disease mimicking primary vasculitis of the CNS. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2016 Feb 2;3(2):e206.
Narula S. New Perspectives in Pediatric Neurology-Multiple Sclerosis. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2016 Feb;46(2):62-9. Epub 2015 Dec 5.
Narula S, Banwell B. Treatment of multiple sclerosis in children and its challenges. Presse Med. 2015 Apr;44(4 Pt 2):e153-8. Epub 2015 Mar 3.
Abend NS, Bearden D, Helbig I, McGuire J, Narula S, Panzer JA, Topjian A, Dlugos DJ. Satus epilepticus and refractory status epilepticus management. Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Dec;21(4):263-74. Epub 2014 Dec 12.
Narula S, Hopkins S, Banwell B. “Treatment of Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis.” Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2015 Mar;17(3):336.
Narula S, Liu GT, Avery R, Banwell B, Waldman AT. “Elevated Cerebrospinal Fluid Opening Pressure in a Pediatric Demyelinating Disease Cohort.” Pediatr Neurol. 2015 Apr;52(4):446-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2015.01.002. Epub 2015 Jan 13.
Narula S, Banwell B. “Quarterly Medical Review: Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis in Children and its Challenges.” Presse Med. 2015 Apr;44(4 Pt 2):e153-8. doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2014.10.018. Epub 2015 Mar 3.
Dale RC, Brilot F, Duffy LV, Twilt M, Waldman AT, Narula S, Muscal E, Deiva K, Andersen E, Eyre MR, Eleftheriou D, Brogan PA, Kneen R, Alper G, Anlar B, Wassmer E, Heineman K, Hemingway C, Riney CJ, Kornberg A, Tardieu M, Stocco A, Banwell B, Gorman MP, Benseler SM, Lim M. Utility and safety of rituximab in pediatric autoimmune and inflammatory CNS disease. Neurology. 2014;83(2):142-150.
Narula S, Waldman AT, Banwell B. “Clinical Trials in Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis: Pending Landscape and Challenges.” Brain Disorders and Therapy. 2014; 3(2):117
Dale RC, Brilot F, Duffy LV, Twilt M, Waldman AT, Narula S, Muscal E, Deiva K, Anderson E, Eyre MR, Eleftherious D, Brogan PA, Kneen R, Alper G, Anlar B, Wassmer E, Heineman K, Hemingway C, Riney CJ, Kornberg A, Tardieu M, Stocco A, Banwell B, Gorman MP, Benseler SM, Lim M. “Utility and safety of rituximab in pediatric autoimmune and inflammatory CNS disease.” Neurology. 2014; 83(2):142-150.
Elias MD, Narula S, Chu A. “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis Following Meningoencephalitis: Case Report and Literature Review.” Pediatric Emergency Care. 2014; 30(4): 254-6.
Narula S. “Advances in Immunomodulatory Therapy in Multiple Sclerosis.” The Neurology Report. 2014; 17-22.
Narula S, Banwell B. “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis.” MedLink Neurology. Originally released July 2013, revised December 2014.
Narula S, Waldman A, Banwell B. “Children with MS.” MS in focus. 2013; 20-21.
Hopkins S, Narula S, Hacohen Y, Banwell B (2014). “Multiple Sclerosis in Children.” International Neurology, 2nd edition. Lisak R and Truong D (eds). In press.
Narula S, Hopkins S, Hacohen H, and Banwell B (2014). “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis.” International Neurology, 2nd edition. Lisak R and Truong D (eds). In press.
Narula S (2012). “Neurology.” Deja Review Pediatrics 2nd edition. Davey, B (ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
Narula S and Szperka CL (2012). “An Approach to Pediatric Headache.” Pediatric Neurocritical Care. Abend N and Helfaer M (eds.). New York, NY: Demos Medical Publishing.
Awards and Honors
2014, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Poster Day Winner
2008, Dr. BH Kean Class of 1964 and 1965 Fellowship Award for International Travel
2008, Mitchell Spivak Memorial Prize in Pediatrics -Weill Cornell Medical College
2004, Phi Beta Kappa - Columbia University
Editorial and Academic Positions
Pediatric Emergency Care, reviewer
Leadership and Memberships
Memberships in Professional Organizations
2014-present, International Pediatric MS Study Group
2012-present, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
2011-present, Child Neurology Society
2010-present, American Academy of Neurology
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