Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Tuberous sclerosis complex
  • Pediatric epilepsy
Medical Education
  • MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Residency, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
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Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Dr. Elizabeth A. Thiele is a neurologist and epileptologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her medical training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She completed a second residency in child neurology and a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurology at Children's Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Thiele organized and established the Herscot Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, a multidisciplinary comprehensive clinical program for TSC, as well as a ketogenic diet clinic to treat and manage patients with epilepsy. She is also the Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Service at Mass General and a Professor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Thiele's research and clinical interests include the role of diet in epilepsy treatment, genotype-phenotype correlation in TSC, the role of epilepsy surgery in management of intractable epilepsy, outcomes following infantile spasms, and neuropsychological profiles in relationship to tuber number and location in TSC.

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Research & Publications


View my most recent publications at PubMed

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News & Events

  • Neurology residents practice what they preach

    Several MGH and MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) neurologists are saying goodbye to carbohydrates and sweets for the month. In order to support their patients, spread awareness about the effectiveness of dietary therapy and raise funds for the department, six neurologists – both pediatric and adult – are participating in a Low Glycemic Index Therapy (LGIT) diet, which often is used in the treatment of pediatric epilepsy patients.

  • Dietary Therapy for Pediatric Epilepsy

    Dietary therapy is prescribed most often for patients with refractory epilepsy, whose seizures have not been controlled despite trying multiple antiepileptic drugs.

  • NeuroBlast e-Newsletter December 2013

    In this issue: spinal metastases & stereotactic radiosurgery; skull base tumors & endoscopic surgery; pediatric epilepsy dietary therapy; Alzheimer Disease: tau pathology; drug & gene discovery; early treatment; preclinical diagnostic tools.

  • Lessons learned through pages turned

    When it came time for Bryn Seltzer, 13, of Needham, to choose her bat mitzvah project, she knew she wanted to give back to the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), which had cared for her since she was 6 years old.

  • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

    The Carol and James Herscot Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) at Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children is using genetic research to better understand TSC and other diseases like cancer, autism and obesity.



Pediatric Epilepsy Program
175 Cambridge Street
Suite 340
Boston MA, 02114-2796
Phone: 617-726-6540617-726-0241
Fax: 617-726-0230

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