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Amy Kao, MD

The Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine

Epilepsy, Neurophysiology, and Critical Care Neurology

Clinical Electroneurodiagnostic Program
Epilepsy Surgical Program
Ketogenic Diet Program
Newly Diagnosed Seizure Clinic
Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Program

Specialties: Epilepsy

Board CertificationsAmerican Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology-Child Neuro
National Provider Identifier1215942719

Service LocationsChildren's National Medical Center - Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
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Phone: 202-476-5000

Children's Outpatient Center in Frederick

5910 Frederick Crossing Lane, Suite 100
Frederick, MD 21704
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Phone: 301-682-6661
Appointments: (301)682-6661
Fax: 301-682-6668

Children's Outpatient Center of Montgomery County
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Shady Grove Medical Park
9850 Key West Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
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Phone: 301-765-5400 or 800-787-0243
Fax: 301-765-5497

*Ambulatory Surgery Center 301-765-5500

Dr. Kao’s background is in epilepsy/electroencephalography (EEG), so she sees and treats patients with seizures or what might be seizures. She is part of a large team that treats children with epilepsy, which doctors diagnose after a child has experienced multiple seizures. Dr. Kao sees children whose epilepsy is difficult to manage, and she is especially interested in the ketogenic diet, a special high-fat diet that can decrease seizures in some patients. She is interested in all aspects of neurology, so also sees patients with neurological conditions besides seizures.

She is excited to see patients at the Montgomery County Regional Outpatient Center, which makes it possible to treat patients living in the Rockville area closer to their homes. She grew up in the area, trained in Philadelphia, and then moved to the West Coast. She recently returned to be closer to her family, including a brother with special needs.

Dr. Kao is involved in working with and teaching new medical students and residents in Neurology and Epilepsy because she wants to help educate the next generation of doctors and scientists who will help patients and families in the area and around the country. Dr. Kao is also eager to be part of Camp Great Rock, a summer camp that is especially for children and teens with epilepsy.

TypeSchoolLocationDegreeField of StudyYears
Undergraduate Education Northwestern University Evanston, ILBachelor of Science 1990 -1993
Medical School Northwestern University Evanston, ILDoctor of Medicine 1993 -1997
In the News

[ Download presentation (PDF). Presented by Amy Kao, M.D. at the Future of Pediatrics 2011 ]
Affiliations and Memberships
TitleInstitutionCommittee / SectionYears
MemberAmerican Academy of Pediatrics1997 - 2010
MemberAmerican Academy of Neurology1999 - 2010
MemberChild Neurology Society2002 - 2010
MemberAmerican Epilepsy Society2002 - 2010
Chief EditoreMedicine NeurologyPediatric Neurology articles2008 - 2010
Journal Article, Rice G. et al. (2007), Clinical and molecular phenotype of Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome, American Journal of Human Genetics, 81, 713-725.

Journal Article, Kao, A, McDonald-McGinn DM, Maisenbacher M, Mariani J, Zackai EH. Lynch DR. (2004), Increased prevalence of unprovoked seizures in patients with a 22q11.2 deletion, American Journal of Medical Genetics, 129, 1, 29-34.

Journal Article, Liporace J, Kao A, D'Abreau A. (2004), Concerns regarding lamotrigine and breast-feeding, Epilepsy and Behavior, 5, 102-105.

Journal Article, Kao A, Dlugos DJ, Mamula P, Hunter JV, and Thorarensen O. (2002), Anticoagulation therapy in cerebral sinovenous thrombosis and ulcerative colitis in children, Journal of Child Neurology, 17, 479-482.

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