Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Epilepsy
  • Neonatal seizures
Medical Education
  • MD, University of California San Diego Medical School
  • Residency, University of California San Diego|Residency, University of Colorado Health Science Ctr
  • Fellowship, Stanford University Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • 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 - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • 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
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Kevin J. Staley

Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Unit Chief, Pediatric Neurology, Mass General Hospital Department of Neurology

Kevin Staley received his MD degree from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his postdoctoral research training at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr Staley studies neuronal ion transport in neonatal seizures and neural network dysfunction in epilepsy. He has served as Chair of the Investigator's Workshop Committee and the Research and Training Committee of the American Epilepsy Society, as Chair of the Research Council of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, as co-chair of the inaugural Gordon Conference on Mechanisms of Epilepsy and Neuronal Synchronization, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Neuroscience.

He is currently the Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Child Neurology and Mental Retardation, Harvard Medical School.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Pediatric Epilepsy Research Lab

Neurology Research Investigator Profile

Our long-term research goal is the development of new approaches to the treatment of epilepsy based on a clearer understanding of the necessary steps in seizure initiation and propagation.

The two major themes in the lab are neuronal ion transport and the spread of activity in neural networks. Neuronal ion transport underlies signaling at all fast synapses. The importance of neuronal ion transport was underscored by our recent discovery that reversed ion transport in the immature brain was blocking the effects of the anticonvulsants most commonly used to treat neonatal seizures, and that a safe and well-characterized diuretic could ameliorate this condition.

Our work on the spread of excitation in neural networks combines fluorescent imaging of network activity with computerized analysis and modeling to understand how normal and abnormal signaling progresses through neural networks. We have found evidence for reentrant or circular patterns of neural activity that resemble cardiac fibrillation and precede seizures. We are currently testing whether this reentrant activation of neural circuits is the earliest stage of a seizure, and the stage at which intervention is most effective. We are also testing whether long-term reductions in the strength of synaptic connections between neurons in epileptic networks can reduce the probability of seizures.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

  1. Glykys, J, Staley, KJ. Diazepam effect during early neonatal development correlates with neuronal CL. Annals of Clinical Neurology, September 16, 2015, doi: 10.10002/acn7.259
  2. Shapiro, KA, McGuone, D, Deshpande, V, Sadow, PM, Stemmer-Rachamimov, A, Staley, KJ. Failure to detect human papillomavirus in focal cortical dysplasia type II, Annals of Neurology, Volume 78, Number 1, 1 July 2015, pp. 63-67(5
  3. Dzhala V, Staley KJ. Acute and Chronic Efficacy of Bumetanide in an in vitro Model of Posttraumatic Epileptogenesis. CNS Neurosci Ther. 2015 Feb; 21(2):173-80.
  4. Lillis KP, Wang Z, Berdichevsky Y, Mail M, Zhao G, Bacskai B, Staley KJ, Evolution of network synchronization during early epileptogenesis parallels synaptic circuit alterations. J Neurosci., 2015 Jul 8; 35(27):9920-34
  5. Kyung-Il Park, Volodymyr Dzhala, Yero Saponjian, Kevin J. Staley, what elements of the inflammatory system are necessary for epileptogenesis In Vitro. eNeuro. Mar 2015, 2 (2) DOI: 10.1523/ENEURO.0027-14.2015
  6. Lillis KP, Dulla C, Maheshwari A, Coulter D, Mody I, Heinemann U, Armbruster M, ?iburkus J.,WONOEP appraisal: Molecular and cellular imaging in epilepsy. Epilepsia 56:505?513. 2015
  7. Kevin Staley, Molecular Mechanisms of Epilepsy. Nature Neuroscience. 18, 367-372, doi:10.1038/nn 3947, 2015

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News & Events


  • Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, 2011 Part I

    Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, October 13, 2011. Past History of MGH Neurology; Overview of MGH Neurology; Telestroke and Acute Stroke Service; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Pediatric Neurology.


Pediatric Neurology
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-3877
Fax: 617-724-7860

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