close   X

Debra M O'Donnell, MD


brain tumors, dysautonomia, headaches


Debra M. O'Donnell, MD is a pediatric neurologist at Dayton Children's Hospital.

education and training

  • medical school: Indiana University
  • internship: Riley Hospital for Children - IU Health
  • residency: Baylor College of Medicine - child neurology
  • fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine - epilepsy
  • board certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with special qualifications in child neurology

awards, honors and organizations

  • awards:
    • 1999-2000 KCMS Faculty Teaching Award
    • EFA Flame of Hope Award, November 2003
  • organization member:
    • American Academy of Neurology
    • Child Neurology Society
    • American Epilepsy Society

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

I really enjoyed learning about the details of neuroanatomy, neurochemistry and how it all fits together in a somewhat predictable way while at the same time being the foundation of each of our own individual uniqueness. To see the book work and lab work translated into helping patients overcome abnormalities in the nervous system, brought the human aspect to the science of medicine and made the "puzzle solving" a more personal endeavor.

I like working with kids because...

while I don't like seeing children become ill or suffer, I have found that their spirit and resilience is inspiring. I've also observed (and as a parent experienced first hand) how much more motivated adults may be in seeking help for their child over themselves. We should all take care of our own health but partnering with highly motivated parents and being inspired by patients that are children brings extra energy to any problem and helps us strategize as a team in our quest for healing.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

I was immediately impressed by the focus on the patient and emphasis on quality care. The field of medicine has grown so complex and requires a substantial group of well trained professionals to implement a plan. I found a real sense of team spirit and patient prioritization from everyone I met at Dayton Children's Hospital.

Dayton Children's is special because...

there is a real commitment to providing quality care to the children of the community it serves. The patients, parents, technicians, nurses, physicians, etc are also neighbors and fellow citizens. There is a real spirit of taking good care of "our own backyard" and the children playing in it.

ratings and reviews

Question Rating Breakdown

star star star star star

Provider Rating


















star star star star star

Dr. O'Donnell is amazing. She's a wonderful provider and has been a tremendous resource for our family. Thank you for working so diligently for your patients.

star star star star star

The nurses and doctor were great. However, we waited more than 15 minutes past appointment time just in the front waiting room. Things moved very slowly in the exam rooms as well.

star star star star star

Dr O'Donnell and staff are amazing! Above and beyond! Our son is feeling better after working to manage his migraines, his symptoms are getting addressed and he's on the mend. Also, we dealt with a completely unexpected head laceration for our toddler while at her office, the staff was above and beyond helping with him, healing our older son who clearly doesn't handle blood well, and helped me over to the urgent care next door! Couldn't have been a better location and team.

star star star star star

Keep up the good work.

Load more testimonials...

conditions I treat

Brain tumors, Cerebral palsy, Chronic headache, Development delay, Dysautonomia, Epilepsy, Febrile seizures, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Headaches, Infantile spasms, Muscular dystrophy

view all doctors
star star star star star

Rajkumar Agarwal, MD

view full bio
star star star star star

Ajay Goenka, MD

view full bio
star star star star star

Mahesh Chikkannaiah, MD

view full bio