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Department Epilepsy Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English, Hindi
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations


Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Brain Malformation Surgery
  • Center for Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Clinical Drug Trials
  • Clinical Trials
  • Epilepsy Pharmacotherapy with Call Office
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Epilepsy Surgery and Video EEG Evaluation
  • Epilepsy Surgery Evaluation
  • Epilepsy Surgery in Children
  • First Seizure Assessment
  • Pediatric Neuroscience
  • Polysomnogram
  • Specialized EEG with Subdural Grids
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulation
  • Video EEG Monitoring
  • Wada Test
View all 16 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Benign Focal Epilepsies and Variants
  • Doose Syndrome
  • Dravet Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Infantile Spasm
  • Ketogenic Diet
  • Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome
  • Lissencephaly
  • Medically Refractory Status Epilepticus
  • Myoclonic Epilepsy
  • Non-Epileptic Seizure
  • Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Pediatric Feeding Disorders
  • Pediatric Sleep Disorders
  • Rasmussen Encephalitis
  • Seizures
  • Seizures - Febrile
  • Sleep and Epilepsy Issues
  • Status Epilepticus (Continuous Seizures)
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
  • Women's Health and Epilepsy
View all 22 Specialties +


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About Prakash Kotagal, MD

Prakash Kotagal, MD, is a member of the Pediatric Epilepsy Section at Cleveland Clinic.

His research interests include epilepsy surgery, vagus nerve stimulation, seizure symptomatology and the relationship between sleep and epilepsy.

He attended medical school at the Jawaharlal Institute in Pondicherry, India, and received his medical degree from the University of Madras. He received his training in pediatrics at St. Louis University and pediatric neurology at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Kotagal went on to complete fellowships in EEG, clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy at Cleveland Clinic, and he also trained in pediatric sleep disorders at Children’s Hospital, Boston.

He has published many papers in journals such as Neurology, Epilepsia, Epilepsy Research, Archives of Neurology, Journal of Pediatric Neurology, Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology, Seminars in Pediatric Neurology  and Seizure.

He is also editor of the textbook "The Epilepsies: Etiologies & Prevention," and he has also written many book chapters related to epilepsy and sleep. He is on the advisory board of the Epilepsy Association in Cleveland.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Epilepsy Fellowship
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Training Program
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Child Neurology
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Saint Louis University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO USA

Residency - St. Louis University Hospital
St. Louis, MO USA

Residency - All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Internal Medicine
New Delhi, India, IN USA

Internship - Jawaharlal Nehru Institute
Puducherry, India, IN USA

Medical Education - University of Madras, Jawaharlal Institute, Pondicherry
Pondicherry, In USA

Medical Education - Jawaharlal Nehru Institute, Pondicherry, India (University of Madras)
Puducherry, India, IN USA


  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology - Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Neurology - Epilepsy

Specialty Interests

children with complex epilepsies, children with epilepsy and Sturge Weber Syndrome, children with first seizure, clinical drug trials, diagnostic video EEG for pediatric seizure disorders, EEG, Epilepsy, epilepsy and epilepsy surgery in children and adolescents, Epilepsy surgery and medical treatment of epilepsy in children, invasive EEG monitoring for pre-surgical evaluations, Pediatric Epilepsy, pediatric epilepsy and epilepsy surgery, Rasmussen's encephalitis and medically refractory status epilepticus., Seizure disorder treatment and surgery in brain malformations, seizure manifestations, Sturge Weber syndrome, the relationship between sleep and epilepsy, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, vagus nerve stimulation, Video EEG, pediatric sleep disorders

Awards & Honors

  • 1989 Peskind Award, Cleveland Clinic for best scientific paper
  • 2008 Honoree Epilepsy Association of Northeast Ohio
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Prakash Kotagal, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 12/26/2023, Dr. Kotagal has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

76 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.5
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.3
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

9 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2024

Took his time to explain to us and educate us. He listened to our concerns. Answered all our questions. Showed us the EEG result and what it means. We felt involved in the decision making process. All around great physician!! Thank you for all your work!!!

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Dr. Pestana-Knight and Dr. Syed were two of the best doctors we have ever encountered. We really appreciated the amount of the time they took explaining things to us.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024

The doctor was very patient, thorough, and kind!

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

Dr. Lachhwani was very kind, patient and thorough. We gained clarity and insight on my daughter's condition that we did not have previously. He was excellent and I would recommend him to others.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

The best doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

We love Dr. K! He is very informative and kind!

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

We love Dr. Kotagal

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2023

Kotagal is top notch. We are extremely pleased with him as Ava's care provider.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023

The doctor was very nice. He was great at listening to my concerns. I was happy with his suggestions at the visit.

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