Drew Thodeson, M.D., is a Child Neurologist in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology. He earned his undergraduate degree from University of Michigan and completed medical school at Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency training in Pediatrics and Child Neurology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He moved to Dallas in 2014, completing fellowship training at UT Southwestern in Pediatric Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology. His clinical interest is in early childhood epileptic encephalopathies, specifically infantile spasms. His research interest is in genetic causes of childhood epilepsy. His research goal is to develop a platform to elucidate biological processes underlying the pathophysiology of pediatric epilepsy syndromes using stem cells.


Medical School
Medical College of Georgia (2009)
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (2011), Pediatrics
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (2014), Child Neurology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (2015), Pediatric Epilepsy
UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2016), Neurophysiology

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Research Interest

    • Biologic mechanisms of genetic epilepsy syndromes
    • Genetic testing in childhood epilepsy


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Neural stem cells and epilepsy: functional roles and disease-in-a-dish models.
    Thodeson DM, Brulet R, Hsieh J Cell Tissue Res. 2017 Aug
    Fosphenytoin-induced dyskinesias in an infant with Sturge-Weber syndrome.
    Thodeson DM, Reiber DC, Dolce AM, Sirsi D Neurology 2016 Apr 86 16 1561-2
    Type II Cortical Dysplasia in Dominant Frontal Lobe Presenting as Gelastic Epilepsy.
    Dubey D, Thodeson D, Dowling M, Sirsi D, Arnold S, Said R Pediatr. Neurol. 2015 Jul 53 1 97-8
    Practice experience in the treatment of infantile spasms at a tertiary care center.
    Thodeson D, Sogawa Y Pediatr. Neurol. 2014 Nov 51 5 696-700

    Honors & Awards

    • Jeffery S Farkas Memorial Pediatric Intern Teaching Award
      University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (2010)
    • Outstanding Student in Neurology
      Medical College of Georgia (2009)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American Epilepsy Society (2015)
    • Texas Neurological Society (2014)
    • Child Neurology Society (2013)