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Department Epilepsy Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.636.5860
Desk:
216.445.8124
Fax:
216.445.6813

Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Center for Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Surgery Evaluation
  • Epilepsy Surgery in Children
  • Pediatric Neuroscience
  • Signal Analyses of Subdural Recordings
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulation
  • Video EEG Monitoring
  • Video EEG Monitoring for Pediatric Seizure Disorders
View all 8 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Autoimmune Epilepsy
  • Developmental Disorders of the Brain
  • Infantile Spasm
  • Ketogenic Diet
  • Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome
  • Lissencephaly
  • Malformations of Cortical Development
  • Medically Refractory Status Epilepticus
  • Non-Epileptic Seizure Disorder
  • Rasmussen Encephalitis
  • Status Epilepticus (Continuous Seizures)
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
View all 13 Specialties +
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Biography

About Elia Pestana Knight, MD

Dr Elia M. Pestana Knight is a pediatric epileptologist in the Pediatric Epilepsy Section, Epilepsy Center at the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Dr. Pestana Knight completed medical school in Cuba (1991) where she graduated at the top of her class. She trained in general neurology (1995) and pediatric neurology (1996) at the Instituto Nacional de Neurologia y Neurocirugia, Havana, Cuba. After moving to the United States in 1999, Dr. Pestana Knight completed a research fellowship in epilepsy at the Cleveland Clinic (2004), residency training in Pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital (2007), and Pediatric Neurology residency at the University of Michigan (2010). She is board certified in Pediatrics, Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology and Epilepsy.

Dr. Pestana Knight has more than 30 papers published in peer-reviewed journals related to epilepsy and neurological disorders. Her areas of research interest include co-morbidities in pediatric epilepsy, epileptic encephalopathy, epilepsy surgery and pediatric epilepsy outcomes. Dr. Pestana Knight is an enthusiastic teacher. She loves taking care of children with epilepsy and their families, particularly children with refractory seizures. She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2013

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Michigan Health System
Child Neurology
Ann Arbor, MI USA
2010

Residency - Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hosp.
Pediatrics
Cleveland, OH USA
2007

Internship - Children's Hospital of Michigan
Pediatrics
Detroit, MI USA
2005

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Epilepsy
Cleveland, OH USA
2004

Residency - Rainbow, Babies & Childrens University Hospitals
Cleveland, OH USA
1998

Residency - National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Neurology
Havana, Cuba
1995

Medical Education - Faculty of Medical Sciences of Matanzas / Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas
Matanzas,

Certifications

  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Epilepsy

Specialty Interests

Epileptic encephalopathy, epilepsy outcome, epilepsy epidemiology, EEG

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 7/18/2023, Dr. Pestana Knight has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Pestana Knight has consulted for, received compensation for serving as a fiduciary from, or received royalties from the following companies but instructed them to donate all compensation to not-for-profit causes or to the Cleveland Clinic to support research and education:

  • Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

74 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 3.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.3
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

11 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Wonderful doctor!

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

Dr. Knight took time to get to know my daughter and create a relationship with her. Upon leaving she reiterated that we have her on our team as she will follow us annually and be there If anything changes before that. While simple words, she made us feel supported and included in care. She treated all of us with care and empathy. Excellent provider.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

Dr. Lachhwani is such a great doctor!

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023

I had an excellent and easy conversation. No problems at all. Dr. Pestana is very profesional and always mentions the truth and only the truth.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

Dr. Pestana-Knight is an incredible doctor

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

Absolutely love Dr Pestana

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2023

Dr Pastana was very thorough and patient with us and really wanted to understand exactly what our son's situation was

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

We love Dr. Pestana Knight! She's very thorough and kind.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

Dr. Pestana is very attentive and really listens to patient concerns. She's a brilliant doctor and, due to her medical acumen, was able to discover the source of my child's epilepsy and my child is now seizure free. Her persistence in searching for answers sets her apart from other doctors.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

The Cleveland Clinic provides the best care - from the people making the appointments, to the doctors, nurses and others providing treatment, they are all patient-focused and they make it easy to get the care that is needed.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

We LOVE Pestana! She saved our son, Rizers life on top of Wrens care.

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