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Elizabeth A. Thiele, MD, PhD

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Elizabeth A. Thiele is Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program and Director of the Carol and James Herscot Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Dr. Thiele is also Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Thiele recently completed six years on the Board of Directors of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, and continues to serve on the Professional Advisory Board.  She is also a member of the American Epilepsy Society, the Child Neurology Society, and the Greater Boston Epilepsy Society, and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation. 

In 2002, Dr. Thiele received the Partners in Excellence Award from the Partners Healthcare System for her establishment of a ketogenic diet program at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  She directs clinical research efforts in the neuropsychological, genotypic, and neuroanatomical aspects of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, as well as work on improved dietary therapies for epilepsy, including Low Glycemic Index Treatment.  Dr. Thiele has received awards for teaching in residency programs at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Longwood Neurology Program, and was nominated for a Humanism in Medicine Award from Harvard Medical School.

Over the last two years, Dr. Thiele and her team collaborated with the WGBH Educational Foundation to create two educational websites for patients and their families.  The Tuberous Sclerosis Complex website, http://www.massgeneral.org/livingWithTSC,  was produced with funding from the Carol and James Herscot Center.  The Epilepsy website, http://www.massgeneral.org/childhoodEpilepsy, was produced with funding from the Jordyn Cook Epilepsy Fund.  

Dr. Thiele and her team are focused on treating not just a disease but the whole person.  Their School Liaison Program works to optimize educational opportunities for each individual, and sponsors annual day-long conferences for educators.  The Epilepsy Karate Program, created in collaboration with Clark’s Self Defense of Newton, offers children with epilepsy a unique opportunity to build confidence and self-esteem. 

Dr. Thiele received her A.B., scl from Washington University, St. Louis in 1983 and her M.D. and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1990.  She completed a residency in pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and a residency in child neurology with the Longwood Program and Children’s Hospital in Boston.  In addition, she completed a neuroscience fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Boston.  Dr. Thiele is board certified in neurology with a special qualification in child neurology, and in clinical neurophysiology.

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