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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

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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About Elaine Wyllie, MD

Dr. Elaine Wyllie, Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, is a world renowned thought leader in neurology and epilepsy. She 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 Milken Family Foundation and the Cleveland Clinic Lifetime Achievement Award for Master Clinician.

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 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 is certified by the American Boards of Pediatrics, Sleep Medicine, and Psychiatry and Neurology, with Special Competency in Pediatric Neurology. 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, 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 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

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

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

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Pediatric Neurology
Cleveland, OH USA

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

Residency - Indiana University Medical Center
Indianapolis, IN USA

Medical Education - Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN USA

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.


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

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


  • 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 7/26/2018, 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

62 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

7 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

incomparable and peerless attending, Dr. Wyllie

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

I could never begin to express my gratitude for Dr. Wyllie. She took her time with my family, answered all questions and even contacted me personally to further discuss my child's case. I am a medical professional and she somehow managed to speak to me as a patient, as a professional and most of all as a mother. She truly is the best of the best!

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

Dr. Wyllie listened to our interpretation of our child's progress since his last visit. She spent time asking him questions about his recent activities and interests. She provided feedback to her interpretation of his progress since his last visit and shared test results from that day. She is always very prompt, friendly and shows compassion toward our needs, our child's needs and his progress.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

Dr. Wylie was extremely knowledgeable of my daughters needs and my concerns. She was so helpful, caring, and kind and I couldtell she truly wanted to help.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2019

love dr Wylie she is always willing to answer all our questions and give us options

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019

The doctor is AMAZING and thorough. She takes her time and is sure to answer every question and makes sure I am comfortable with the visit and have a grasp on my daughters plan of care. Its rare to find that.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2018

Dr Wylie is very knowledgeable about my child's issues, is very patient with all of our questions , and we feel she is very caring.

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