Dr. Eric Kossoff, a leader in advocating ketogenic diets for epilepsy
Dr. Eric Kossoff was interviewed by Jim Abrahams of The Charlie Foundation during the 2020 Metabolic Health Summit. He provided current views on the use of ketogenic diet therapy in people with epilepsy.
Dr. Kossoff is a professor of neurology and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During his medical residency program for neurology, he worked under Dr. John Freeman who treated children with epilepsy that were following ketogenic diet therapy. Currently, Dr. Kossoff specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood seizures and epilepsy, particularly treatments other than medications such as diet, neurostimulation and surgery. He has become one of the world experts on dietary treatment for epilepsy and lectures globally about this therapy. Specific interests include the ketogenic diet, the modified Atkins diet for children and adults, infantile spasms, Benign Rolandic Epilepsy, the interaction of migraine headaches with epilepsy and Sturge-Weber syndrome. He was instrumental in launching the adult epilepsy diet therapy program at Johns Hopkins University Hospital along with his colleague Dr. McKenzie Cervenka.
Dr. Eric Kossoff is a coauthor of Treatment of Pediatric Neurologic Disorders and the 6th edition of Ketogenic and Modified Atkins Diets (Demos). He is leading author of Optimal clinical management of children receiving dietary therapies for epilepsy: Updated recommendations of the International Ketogenic Diet Study Group; 2018, Epilepsia.
Please view all of Dr. Kossoff’s video interviews on the Charlie Foundation YouTube channel:
- Ketogenic diet and epilepsy – What families can expect.
- Can epilepsy be cured permanently? There are effective treatments.
- What is the best treatment for epilepsy? Why the ketogenic diet should be considered.
- Do you need to fast to begin keto?
- What is the ketogenic diet’s history?
- Should Pediatric Neurologists prescribe the keto diet?
My daughter was diagnosed with doose syndrome two years ago and despite the numerous cocktail of medicines, the seizures have persisted. We live in Kenya where ketogenic diet is little known about. How could you be of help?
I emailed the name and contact information for a dietitian in South Africa who may be able to guide you.