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Angel Hernandez
Education:Ponce School of Medicine--Ponce, Puerto Rico
Residency:Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies
Fellowship:Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (Child Neurology, Pediatric Epilepsy & Neurophysiology)
Board Certified:Neurology/Special qualifications in child neurology, Neurology/Special qualifications in clinical neurophysiology, and Neurology/Special qualifications in epilepsy.

Angel W. Hernandez, MD, received his medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Dr. Hernandez completed his pediatric residency from Michigan State University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He continued on for his fellowships in Child Neurology, and then Pediatric Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Hernandez is board certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry (ABPN) with special qualifications in child neurology, ABPN with special qualifications in clinical neurophysiology and ABPN with special qualifications in epilepsy.

Dr. Hernandez is a member of numerous committees and professional societies, including the member of the National Epilepsy Foundation Professional Advisory Board where he has served in the executive, nominating and advocacy committees. He is also former Board Member of the National Epilepsy Foundation Board of Directors, and Current member and former Chair of the Epilepsy foundation of Texas Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Advisory Board. He is the current Chair of the Resource and Information Committee of the American Epilepsy Society and member of the Finance Committee of the Child Neurology Society. He is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology epilepsy section and Texas Neurological Society.

Dr. Hernandez currently serves as reviewer for the journal Epilepsia (which is the premier epilepsy journal in the world), the journal of Pediatric Neurology and reviewer of the journal American Family Physician. He is a distinguished consultant for Cook Children’s Physician Network, vice chairman of the Cook Children’s Home Health Board of trustees, and current president of the professional medical staff at Cook Children’s Medical Center. He served as director of the comprehensive epilepsy program and epilepsy monitoring unit at Cook Children’s until December, 2010. Dr. Hernandez was elected by the International League Against Epilepsy as visiting professor to Central and South America and has been able to do work to educate neurologists, neurosurgeons and child neurologists in the diagnosis and management of epilepsy, and improve the quality of life of children and adults suffering from epilepsy in El Salvador and Ecuador.

Dr. Hernandez clinical and research interests are in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with medically intractable epilepsy. His research and publications have focused on improving the diagnosis and management of children with intractable epilepsy. He has been honored as one of the Top Doctors by Fort Worth Magazine.


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Hernandez, AW, Barmada, MA, Pollock, A.  “Acute Progressive Encephalomyelitis: Relation with Toxic Exposure.  A Review of Three Cases.” Ann Neurol 2000 48(3):547; Poster presentation (P108) at the Child Neurology Society Meeting October 2000

Hernandez AW, Northam R, Mangat S, Nedelman J, Sturm YE. “Safety, Tolerability and Pharmacokinetics of Ascending Doses of Oxcarbazepine in Pediatric Patients with Inadequately-Controlled Partial Seizures-An Open-Label, Age-Stratified, Pilot Study.” Neurology 2003;60(5)suppl 1:A145-A146. Poster presentation at the American Academy of Neurology 55th Annual Meeting 2003, Poster #P02.124.

Hernandez, AW, Malik, SI. “Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Care Outside the Academic Environment” Presented at the Cook Children’s Medical Center Pediatric Grand Rounds 3/2004.

Malik, SI, Hernandez, AW. “Intermittent Vagal Nerve Stimulation in Patients with Refractory and Pharmaco-resistant Status Epilepticus”. Presented at the Cook Children’s Medical Center Pediatric Grand Rounds 3/2004. Presented at the American Epilepsy Society Meeting 12/2004 New Orleans, LO. Epilepsia 2004 45(7):155-156.

Hernandez AW, Malik SI, Donahue D. Post-Operative Reactivation of Herpes Simplex Virus after Epilepsy Surgery. A Pediatric Case Review with Good Outcome. Epilepsia 2006. In Print.

Hernandez AW, Donahue D, Malik SI, Black CT. Safety and Tolerability of Vagus Nerve Stimulation Activation at the Time of Surgery in Children and Adolescents: A Retrospective Review. Epilepsia 2006.  In Print.

Donahue D, Sanchez R, Hernandez AW, Malik SI, Black CT, Honeycutt J.  Preservation of subcutaneous pocket for VNS pulse generator during MEG: technical note.  Presented at the Cook Children’s Medical Center Pediatric Grand Rounds 10/2006.

Angel W. Hernandez, MD and Michael J. Painter, MD.  ""Neurological Disorders of the Mouth, Pharynx and Esophagus"" in Pediatric Otolaryngology.  Bluestone C and Stool S (Eds) W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 9/2002.

Hernandez AW. “Alternative Treatments for Children with Medically Refractory Epilepsy”. Cook Children's Consult 2003; Spring: 8-9.

Hernandez AW. “The Role of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in the Evaluation of Children and Adolescents with Seizures and Spells”. Cook Children’s Consult 2005; Winter:2-4.

Marks WA, Hernandez A, Gabriel M. Epilepsy: Habilitation and Rehabilitation. Semin Pediatr Neurol 2003; 10(2):151-8.

Northam RS, Hernandez AW, Litzinger MJ, Minecan DN, Glauser TA, Mangat S, Zheng C, Souppart C and Sturm Y. Oxcarbazepine in infants and young children with partial seizures. Pediatric Neurology 2005; 33 (5): 337-344.

Donahue D, Sanchez R, Hernandez AW, Malik S, Black CT, Honeycutt J. Preservation of a subcutaneous pocket for vagus nerve stimulation pulse generator during Magnetoencephalography.  J Neurosurg 2007;107 (suppl 6): 519-20.


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