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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Center for Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Surgery Evaluation
  • Epilepsy Surgery in Adolescents
  • 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 9 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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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


Education & Fellowships

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

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

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

Medical Education - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

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

Residency - National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Havana, Cuba

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


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Epilepsy
  • Neurology
  • - Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology - G
  • - Epilepsy - Subspecialty Cert

Specialty Interests

Epileptic encephalopathy, epilepsy outcome, epilepsy epidemiology, EEG

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 8/24/2020, Dr. Pestana Knight 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

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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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

It was a great experience, Dr. Pestana is a wonderful person who cares for all my problems and concerns.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Dr. Pestana is amazing! Our family is so grateful for the care that she and all of the staff have given Jospeh.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

my daughter adore her,she is amazing! she changed my daughter medicine and thanks to her my girl don't heave seizures anymore For three years ! thank you so much for a wonderful Dr Pastanaplus she speak Spanish is a combo of excellent service!

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

We travel in from Pittsburgh, PA. We would travel the world to see Dr. Elia Pestana Knight! we love her!!

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

very good I love the the doctor they are saving and helping my 15 year old son a big sport player

Reviewed on May 1, 2020

we live Dr Pestana.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

I have always had good experience with my doctor and the other in the office

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

best doctor

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2020

Grateful for this service with Dr Knight. She included us in plan and as always very knowledgeable , caring, and looks at the big picture. Blessed!

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019

Great - Great - Job. Very wonderful caring & through about the procedure. And so thankful the doctor found out what was happening.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019

It took a few days to find out the problem at Cleveland Clinic where the doctor at home didn't know about even after months of care. So happy to have came to Cleveland clinic.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

great doctor

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

Dr. Knight has my child's best interest in mind. When we have a challenge, she is determined to find a solution.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Dr Pastana is the BEST !! thanks to her my daughter doing very good with her daughter love her .

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2019

*Dr. Gupta & his assistant were exceptional w/comforting me and explaining things thoroughly.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

We love Dr Pestana Knight. She and her team are amazing. although it can be frustrating when making appointments I would still go out of my way to accommodate her. that's how highly we think of her and trust her

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