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Dr. Keator has dedicated her career to the field of pediatric epilepsy, in part because there is always something new to learn, and especially because great strides are constantly being made in the medical treatments available to kids who are diagnosed with this condition. These advances make profound differences in the lives of children and their families. On a daily basis Dr. Keator witnesses children outgrow the condition, go into remission or find effective treatment.
"I wanted to go into medicine my whole life. And I also knew I wanted to help children. Most kids change their minds a million times but I didn’t. I always knew I wanted to do this," says Dr. Keator. Today, she is proud to doctor at Cook Children's and an integral part of a neurology team that is making such huge difference in the lives of children.
Her study of pediatric epilepsy and dedication to those who have it extends well beyond one-on-one interaction with patients. Dr. Keator is active in the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas, a program that offers children statewide support and education, and even provides summer camps for children with epilepsy.
All children want to be physically active and that is a common ground she shares with patients. Having spent her residency in Colorado she has become an avid skier with Copper Mountain being a favorite.
Dr. Keator holds another unique distinction: she competed in the Miss America Pageant, and while she could have played the piano for her talent portion of the competition, she chose instead to perform a ventriloquist act.
She is married and has two dogs, has a lot of energy and is definitely a morning person.
PublicationsBook Review: Color Atlas of Neurology, Journal of Child Neurology, accepted 2015, pending publication.
How should children with West syndrome be efficiently and accurately investigated? Results from the National Infantile Spasms Consortium; E Wirrell, C Joshi, R Shellhaas, C Keator, S Kumar, W Mitchell on behalf of the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium; Epilepsia; March, 2015.
AbstractsDivision of Child Neurology, School of Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation Department of Pediatrics, Mountain States Regional Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, and Pediatric Stroke Program, University of Colorado, Denver and The Children's Hospital. Prevalence, Treatments, and Outcomes of Antiphospholipid Antibody Positive-Childhood Arterial Ischemic Stroke: Findings from The Children's Hospital,Colorado Cohort. February 2008.
Division of Child Neurology, School of Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation Department of Pediatrics, Mountain States Regional Hemophilia And Thrombosis Center, and Pediatric Stroke Program, University of Colorado, Denver and The Children’s Hospital.
Division of Child Neurology, Epilepsy Program, University of Colorado, Denver and The Children’s Hospital Probability of Developing Epilepsy in Pediatric Arterial Ischemic Stroke, June 2010.
Division of Child Neurology, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program.
Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Evolution of Seizures on Continuous Video EEG in Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma, Cynthia G. Keator MD, Daniel Arndt MD, Nicholas V. Stence MD, Brent O’Neill MD, Amy Brooks-Kayal MD, Kevin E. Chapman MD. June 2012.
KCNQ2 p.Arg198Gln, a gain-of-function variant presenting recurrently as West syndrome without preceding neonatal seizures; John J. Millichap, Francesco Miceli, Baouyen Tran, Cynthia Keator, Nishtha Joshi, Maurizio Taglialatela, Edward C. Cooper. 2015.
Etiology and Development are Not Significant Predictors of Treatment Response in Infantile Spasms, NISC, 2015.
Research experiencePrimary Investigator: Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium: NISC study- National Infantile Spasm Consortium; January 2013 - present.
Primary Investigator: Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium: EOEC study- Early Onset Epilepsy Consortium; August 2014 - present.
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