About Ahmed T. Abdelmoity, MD, FAAP
Division Director of Child Neurology
As Ahmed Abdelmoity, MD, FAAP, FAES, was performing his residency in pediatrics, he decided to focus his practice on epilepsy, a subspecialty where he saw the greatest need. “Epilepsy was where I felt I could have the biggest impact on children’s lives,” he said.
One of the few triple board-certified epileptologists in the nation, Dr. Abdelmoity completed fellowships in clinical neurophysiology at Baylor College of Medicine; and physiology research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas. He performed residencies in child neurology at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; and in pediatrics at Texas A&M University/Driscoll Children's Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Kas El-Einy Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University Egypt.
Dr. Abdelmoity joined the Division of Neurology at Children’s Mercy in 2005. He now serves as Director, Division of Neurology; Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Section Chief, Epilepsy and Neurophysiology; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine; and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Kansas School of Medicine.
He is an expert in epilepsy, presenting internationally on neuromodulation, VNS surgery, ketogenic diet for intractable epilepsy and other epilepsy-specific topics. He leads a multidisciplinary neurology team at one of the only Level IV pediatric epilepsy centers in the country, and has spearheaded one the largest ketogenic diet programs in the U.S. to treat epilepsy.
“Children’s Mercy was the first to have a chef who specializes in creating and testing ketogenic recipes for our patients,” Dr. Abdelmoity said. “Kids love the recipes, which improves compliance. About two-thirds of our patients with drug-resistant epilepsy who are on the diet experience a 50% reduction in their seizures, or more. That’s huge! Medications are rarely as effective.
“Many times, patients and families come to us, struggling with epilepsy and the side effects of medications and co-morbidities of the disease,” Dr. Abdelmoity said. “We have a comprehensive epilepsy center and offer a wide range of therapies, but our goal at Children’s Mercy is to strike a balance between the best treatment for the child’s clinical diagnosis, and their quality of life.
“Nothing is more rewarding than helping a child who came to you sick, sometimes even unconscious, walk out of the hospital with better seizure control, better quality of life, and a smile on their face.”