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Becker's Hospital Review: How a childhood illness inspired Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoity to tackle epilepsy in Missouri

Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoity
By Alia Paavola

Ahmed Abdelmoity, MD, was born with a heart disease that required him to have open heart surgery when he was 9. The care he received as a child, which he calls the best in the world, allowed him to move from a life where he needed to limit his physical activity to one in which he competitively played basketball.

That care also inspired him to pursue a career in pediatrics and build a program that delivers world-class care.

"I knew early on that I wanted to do something related to children's medicine to pay back the favor," Dr. Abdelmoity said. "I also knew I wanted to build a top-notch program from scratch."

As he moved through his medical training, Dr. Abdelmoity decided to specialize in epilepsy because he felt as if he could really make a difference for children worldwide.

After completing his residency and fellowship, Dr. Abdelmoity joined Children's Mercy Kansas City in 2005 to build an epilepsy program from scratch.

He now serves as chief of the section of epilepsy and neurophysiology at Children's Mercy as well as director of the clinical neurophysiology fellowship program for the hospital.

Under his leadership, Children's Mercy's epilepsy center has grown into a top-notch, level 4 trauma center with 24 practitioners.


Read the full interview via Becker's Hospital Review 

Learn more about the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Children's Mercy