Department of Pediatrics
Pediatric neurologist and epileptologist Chalongchai Phitsanuwong specializes in the treatment of children with epilepsy, using medication and medical diets. He has unique expertise in ketogenic diets for the treatment of difficult-to-control seizures, particularly when epilepsy surgery is not deemed an option. When surgery is the recommended treatment option, he provides pre-surgical evaluation and post-surgical care for children at the Pediatric Epilepsy Center at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital. He also offers comprehensive evaluations for children with other neurological conditions. His interests include helping patients and families better understand epilepsy and its treatment options, in addition to providing pediatric care for epilepsy and other neurological conditions in underserved communities. Phitsanuwong is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society.
His research and clinical interests include antiepileptic drug trials, ketogenic diets, and medical education. He is currently a director of the Child Neurology Residency Training Program at the University of Chicago Medicine.
Phitsanuwong received his MD from Khon Kaen University, in Thailand, with residencies in pediatrics at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, and in pediatric neurology at the University of Chicago. He also completed fellowships in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at Miami Children’s Hospital, and in pediatric epilepsy at the University of Chicago Medicine.