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Debra M O'Donnell, MD

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brain tumors, dysautonomia

bio

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.


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Dr. O'donnell was extremely kind and patient and very knowledgeable. She made us feel very comfortable and at ease in a difficult situation. We would not hesitate to go to her again and recommend her highly anyone who needs a pediatric neurologist.

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Dr. O'donnell was very detailed, and thorough, and we were thoroughly enjoyed working with her. I would highly recommend her to anyone that needed these services. She is an outstanding provider.

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Dr. Debra O'donnell is an amazing provider! She has a great demeanor and is a joy to be around. She acknowledged me as the parent but she spoke with my daughter about her condition. She treated my daughter like a responsible individual and spoke in terms that she was able to understand and respond to. Dr. O'donnell was very thorough in her examination and showed the proper concern when my daughter mentioned her headaches. During the visit, she also asked my daughter about returning to school and if there was anything else that concerned her. It was a very thorough visit where we felt we had the time to cover all the bases. I am so glad that we have Dr. O'donnell.

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Dr. O'Donnell was very thorough she felt me my son feel very safe and spoke to him directly allowed him to answer questions explained everything. She was going to do she spoke with me after my son to make sure all his answers were correct, and he didn't miss anything. So we hope very confident with her care.

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conditions I treat

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

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