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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.636.5860
Desk:
216.636.5860
Fax:
216.445.6813
Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Clinical Trials
  • Early Epilepsy Surgery
  • Epilepsy Pharmacotherapy with Call Office
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Epilepsy Surgery And Video Eeg Evaluation
  • Epilepsy Surgery Evaluation
  • Epilepsy Surgery in Adolescents
  • Epilepsy Surgery In Children
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Signal Analyses of Subdural Recordings
  • Specialized EEG with Stereotactic Depth Electrodes
  • Specialized EEG With Subdural Grids
  • Surgery In Brain Malformations
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulation
  • Video EEG Monitoring
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Autoimmune Epilepsy
  • Benign Focal Epilepsies and Variants
  • Brain Tumor-Related Epilepsy
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Complex Partial Seizures
  • Cortical Brain Mapping
  • Developmental Disorders Of The Brain
  • Dravet and Doose Syndrome and other Myoclonic Epilepsies
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy in Adolescents
  • Epilepsy in Children
  • Epilepsy in Infants
  • Epileptic Encephalopathies
  • First Seizure Assessment
  • Focal Cortical Dysplasia
  • Frontal Lobe Epilepsy
  • Genetic & Metabolic causes of Epilepsy
  • Hemispheric Epilepsy
  • Infantile Spasm
  • Intractable (Drug Resistant) Epilepsy
  • Ketogenic Diet
  • Landau–Kleffner Syndrome (LKS)
  • Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome
  • Lissencephaly
  • Malformations Of Cortical Development
  • Medically Refractory Status Epilepticus
  • Mitochondrial Causes of Epilepsy
  • Myoclonic Epilepsy
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Non-epileptic seizure disorder
  • Post-traumatic Epilepsy
  • Rasmussen Encephalitis
  • Refractory Epilepsy
  • Seizure Manifestations
  • Seizures
  • Seizures - Febrile
  • Seizures After Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Sleep and Epilepsy Issues
  • Status Epilepticus (continuous Seizures)
  • Stroke Causing Seizures
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome
  • Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE)
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
  • West Syndrome
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Biography

About Elaine Wyllie, MD

Dr. Elaine Wyllie, Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, is a world renowned thought leader in neurology and epilepsy. Dr. Wyllie has been on the Castle Connolly list of America’s Best Doctors for many years, as well as on several other national and regional Top Doctors lists. Her many honors and awards include the highly competitive Award for Outstanding Work in Epilepsy Research from the American Epilepsy Society and Honorary Membership in the Canadian Association for Child Neurology.

Dr. Wyllie is certified by the American Boards of Pediatrics, Sleep Medicine, and Psychiatry and Neurology, with Special Competencies in Pediatric Neurology and Epilepsy. During her training in neurology, epilepsy, and clinical neurophysiology, she won the Cleveland Clinic Neuroscience Residents’ Research Award three years in a row, as well as the Cleveland Clinic Lower Scientific Paper Award. After her training she joined the professional staff of Cleveland Clinic to establish the pediatric epilepsy program, which grew under her leadership into one of the largest and most respected programs in the world. She then led Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Pediatric Neurology through a period of explosive growth to become ranked in 2012 as the number one program in Ohio for the fifth consecutive year and one of the top three programs in the country by US News & World Report.

Together with her colleagues in Cleveland Clinic’s Epilepsy Center and Children’s Hospital, Dr. Wyllie built long referral lines for innovative medical or surgical treatment of children with epilepsy. An active clinician, she attracts personal referrals from physicians worldwide for consultation on the most challenging cases. Dr. Wyllie is editor of the leading medical textbook in the field, Wyllie's Treatment of Epilepsy, now in its sixth edition, which informs physicians in countries on every continent. She also edited nine other volumes on various topics in epilepsy medicine and authored The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Epilepsy, an authoritative book for the lay public.

Dr. Wyllie has published over 250 reports on her research in epilepsy in scientific journals. Throughout her career she has championed offering early surgery to infants and children with uncontrolled seizures, to reduce suffering and maximize developmental potential. Her current research, expanding and redefining key aspects of the selection criteria for epilepsy surgery candidates, is influencing clinical practice at epilepsy centers throughout the world. She lectures extensively and has presented her research at over 500 scientific meetings and visiting professorships worldwide.

Dr. Wyllie has organized and directed over 40 national and international courses and scientific meetings. Her innovations include founding the first annual Cleveland Clinic International Epilepsy Symposium and the first annual American Epilepsy Society Pediatric State-of-the-Art Symposium and Scientific Highlights Session. She has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals and on the executive boards and committees of several national and international scientific societies.

Dr. Wyllie has trained and mentored hundreds of young physicians in adult and pediatric neurology and epilepsy, many of whom are now recognized as experts and leaders in the field. Trainees presenting her mentored research have won the Thomas Award for Neuroscience Research at Cleveland Clinic, the American Epilepsy Society Young Investigator Award, the Cleveland Clinic Neuroscience Residents’ Research Award, the Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Fellows Research Award, and the Charles Locok Award for Epileptology from the German Society for Neuropediatrics.

Now that her two sons are grown and pursuing their own exciting careers in science and technology, Dr. Wyllie’s serious hobby is ballroom dancing with coaching on a professional level. She is privileged to share her life with her husband, colleague, and dancing partner, Dr. Robert Wyllie, Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and Chief of Medical Operations at Cleveland Clinic. If you are interested to see another side of her life, you may view some of Dr. Wyllie’s dance videos at http://TangoWyllieOnVimeo.com.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1985

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology
Cleveland, OH USA
1985

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Pediatric Neurology
Cleveland, OH USA
1982

Residency - Case Western Reserve University - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Neurology
Cleveland, OH USA
1981

Residency - Indiana University Medical Center
Pediatrics
Indianapolis, IN USA
1980

Residency - Indiana University Medical Center
Pediatrics
Indianapolis, IN USA
1979

Medical School - Indiana University School of Medicine
MD
Indianapolis, IN USA
1978

Professional Highlights

  • Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine with Case Western University.
  • Certified by the American Boards of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Neurology, with Special Competencies in Pediatric Neurology and Epilepsy
  • Editor of the leading medical textbook in the field, Wyllie’s Treatment of Epilepsy, now in its sixth edition.
  • Author of The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Epilepsy, an authoritative book for the lay public.
  • A world renowned thought leader in epilepsy medicine who lectures widely and has published over 250 reports on her research in epilepsy in scientific journals.
  • Recipient of many honors and awards, including the prestigious Career Award for Outstanding Work in Epilepsy Research from the American Epilepsy Society.
  • An active clinician who cares for children with all forms of epilepsy and attracts personal referrals from physicians worldwide for consultation on the most challenging cases.
  • A champion for recognizing opportunities for offering early epilepsy surgery to infants and children with uncontrolled seizures, to reduce suffering and maximize developmental potential.

Certifications

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

Specialty Interests

Children with complex epilepsies, children with epilepsy and Sturge Weber Syndrome, children with first seizure, clinical drug trials, clinical neurophysiology, 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, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, vagus nerve stimulation, Video EEG, brain malformations causing epilepsy

Awards & Honors

  • Epilepsy Association Legacy Award, 2015
  • Cambridge Who's Who Executive and Professional Registry, since 2006
  • Honorary Membership, Canadian Association for Child Neurology, 1999
  • Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, since 1998
  • America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, since 1998
  • Marquis Who's Who in America, since 1995
  • Marquis Who's Who in the World, since 1995
  • Best Doctors in America, since 1994
  • US News and World Report, Best Doctors in America, since 1994
  • US News and World Report, Best Doctors in Ohio, since 1994
  • Milken Family Foundation / American Epilepsy Society Award for Outstanding Work in Epilepsy Research, 1994

Innovations & Patents

  • Expansion of the pool of pediatric candidates for epilepsy surgery to include carefully selected children and adolescents who have focal lesion seen on MRI, but lack well-localized abnormalities on EEG

Memberships

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • International League Against Epilepsy   
  • Child Neurology Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/7/2016, Dr. Wyllie 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

66 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 5
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

12 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2017

dr. Wyllie has had a huge positive impact on my child's epilepsy. we live 4 hours away and are so glad we made the decision to come to her

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2017

Physician spent sometime with us and she explained everything very patiently.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2017

Excellent all around.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2017

Dr. Wyllie is one of the best doctors my daughter has seen. She cares about my daughter and her health.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2016

We cannot thank Dr. Wyllie enough. We are beyond fortunate that she works with our child in such a compassionate, professional, and intelligent way. The Clinic is privileged to have her.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2016

Dr. Wyllie was excellent in explaining the condition that our child is dealing with, and answered all of our questions to the best of her ability. She laid out a plan included us in on current and future decisions related to our daughter's condition. We went to Dr. Wyllie and the Cleveland Clinic after being extremely disappointed in the service and care of another hospital system. It was refreshing and reassuring the level of service and care Dr. Wyllie and the staff at the Cleveland Clinic gave to us, and continue to provide today.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2016

We cannot say enough positive and wonderful words about Dr. Wyllie. She is so clinically qualified and interpersonally wonderful. We are so fortunate that she is our child's neurologist.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2016

Always have been a great experience.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2016

Provide a lot of help & assistance - professional/courteous staff kind & respectful all very important to a teenage w/health issues!

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2016

As I said above, she's the best--a great blessing!!!

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2016

There is nothing the CC could do to improve our experience.

Reviewed on May 24, 2016

would highly recommend to others

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