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3401 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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Benjamin C. Kennedy, MD
Benjamin C. Kennedy
Co-Director, Epilepsy NeuroGenetics Initiative Frontier Program

Dr. Kennedy's current research focuses on epilepsy genetics and epilepsy surgery, including stereo-EEG, hemispherotomy, corpus callosotomy, and vagal nerve stimulation.



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Dr. Kennedy's current and prior research is aligned with his clinical interests of epilepsy genetics and epilepsy surgery. His research includes stereo-EEG, hemispherotomy, corpus callosotomy, and vagal nerve stimulation; dystonia and deep brain stimulation; and spasticity and selective dorsal rhizotomy.

He has published on and led research efforts in his other clinical interests in a variety of pediatric neurosurgical topics, including brain tumors, cervical spine instrumentation, and Chiari malformation.

Among his notable career achivements to date, Dr. Kennedy:

  • Received a grant to study somatic mutations in epileptogenic cortical dysplasia
  • Co-leads on a Frontier Program to study epilepsy genetics
  • Led a multi-institutional study to characterize the growth and alignment effects of upper cervical spine fusion in very young children


Education and Training

BA, Northwestern University (Biology and Cognitive Science), 2003

MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2009

Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Pediatric Neurosurgery), 2017

Titles and Academic Titles

Co-Director, Epilepsy NeuroGenetics Initiative Frontier Program

Director, Epilepsy and Functional Neurosurgery

Attending Neurosurgeon

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Professional Memberships

American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2009-

Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 2009-

AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery, 2013-

Professional Awards

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012

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