Dr. Karen Ballaban-Gil is Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, the Director of the Child Neurology Residency Training Program and Director of Outpatient Child Neurology Services at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Union College and Cum Laude from Albany Medical College, in the 6 year combined B.S- M.D. program. Dr. Ballaban-Gil trained in general pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and trained in child neurology and clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She received board certifications in pediatrics, neurology with special competence in child neurology , clinical neurophysiology and in epilepsy.
Dr. Ballaban-Gil has a large clinical practice in child neurology, including the evaluation and treatment of children with epilepsy, headaches, sleep disorders, autism and other developmental disabilities. Her research interests include the relationship between epilepsy and language regression in youngsters with Landau-Kleffner Syndrome, autism, and other developmental disorders of higher cognitive functioning. In addition, she runs the Ketogenic Diet program for the management of intractable epilepsy at the Montefiore Medical Center - Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Her publications include numerous papers on autism, epilepsy related language disorders, and the Ketogenic Diet.