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Rajkumar Agarwal, MD

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epilepsy, seizures, infantile spasms, neurocutaneous syndromes and disorders


Rajkumar Agarwal, MD is a pediatric neurologist at Dayton Children's specializing in epilepsy, neurometabolic disorders and childhood stroke.

Languages spoken:

  • English
  • Hindi

education and training

  • medical school: Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai, India
  • internship: Wayne State University, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit
  • residency: Wayne State University, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit - child neurology
  • fellowship: Case Western Reserve University, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH -clinical neurophysiology (epilepsy)
  • board certification: 
    • Certified by ABPN (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) in epilepsy                                      

    • Certified by ABPN (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) in clinical neurophysiology

    • Certified by ABPN (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) in neurology with special qualification in child neurology

awards, honors and organizations

  • Physician Difference Maker Award: Recognized by Children’s Hospital of Michigan in January 2018
  • Best Teacher Award: Awarded by the graduating class of pediatric neurology residents 2016
  • Sheldon Brenner Resident Research Award: 2013-2014
  • Member of Child Neurology Society, American Epilepsy Society and American Academy of Neurology

  • Member of the Tuberous Sclerosis (TSC) Alliance Professional Advisory Board

publications and presentations

  • Motoi H, Miyakoshi M, Jeong J, Nakai Y, Sugiura A, Luat AF, Agarwal R, Sood S, Asano E. Phase-amplitude coupling between high-frequency oscillations and slow wave improves the prediction of seizure outcome following epilepsy surgery. Epilepsia (Accepted, In Press)
  • Cohen A, Agarwal R, Farooqi A, Kannikeswaran R. Is Shunt Evaluation Useful in Children with Intraventricular Shunts with Seizures? Pediatric Neurology (Accepted, In Press)
  • Kambara T, Sood S, Alqatan Z, Klingert C, Ratnam D, Hayakawa A, Nakai Y, Luat AF, Agarwal R, Rothermel R, Asano E. Presurgical language mapping using event-related high-gamma activity: the Detroit procedure. Clin Neurophysiol 2018; 129: 145–154
  • Govil T, Kumar A, Agarwal R, Chugani H. Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum and Aicardi Syndrome: a neuroimaging and clinical comparison. Pediatr Neurol. 2017; 68: 44-48
  • Agarwal RR, Agarwal RL, Chen X, Lua JL, Ang JY. Epidemiology of Invasive Fungal Infections at Two Tertiary Care Neonatal Intensive Care Units Over a 12-Year Period (200-2011). Glob Pediatr Health. 2017 Mar 30;4
  • Marashly A, Ewida A, Agarwal R, Younes K, Luders H. Ictal motor sequences: Lateralization and localization values. Epilepsia. 2016;57(3):369-375.
  • Agarwal R, Kumar A, Tiwari V, Chugani H. Thalamic abnormalities in children with continuous spike-wave during slow-wave sleep (CSWS): An FDG PET perspective. Epilepsia 2016; 57(2):263-271.
  • Yadav A, Agarwal R, Park J. Outcome of Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES) in children: A 2-year follow-up study. Epilepsy Behav. 2015; 53:168-173
  • Agarwal RL, Patel R, Set K, Zidan M, Sivaswamy L. Safety, Awareness and Familiarity Regarding Epilepsy in Teenage Years (SAFETY): Understanding the Adolescent's Perspective about their Disease. Epilepsy Behav. 2014; 41: 114-118.
  • Agarwal RL, Agarwal RR, Sivaswamy L. How Well are We Preparing Pediatricians to Manage Seizures and Epilepsy? A Single-Center Questionnaire Based Pilot Study. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014; 53(7); 682-688
  • Eapen A, Agarwal R, Thomas R, Sivaswamy L. Management of Pediatric Migraine in A Tertiary Care versus Community Based Emergency Department-An Observational Pilot Study. Pediatr Neurol. 2014;50(2):164-170
  • Set KK, Poulik J, Agarwal R. A" spotty" brain mimicking demyelination. Pediatr Neurol (Accepted, In Press)
  • John F, Maqbool M, Jeong J, Agarwal R, Behen M, Juhasz C. Deep cerebral vein expansion with metabolic and neurocognitive recovery in Sturge-Weber syndrome. Ann Clin Transl Neurol 2018; 5: 502-506
  • Sen K, Agarwal R. More than meets the eye: infant presenting with hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy. BMJ Case Rep 2018; pii: bcr-2017-223614
  • Rao S, Harper-Shankie M, Agarwal R. Vertical gaze palsy due to medication error. Epilepsy Behav Case Rep 2017;8:33-34.
  • Thusang K, Ueda K, Agarwal R. Type III Spinal Cord Arteriovenous Malformation With Good Postsurgical Outcome. Pediatr Neurol 2017. (Epub ahead of print) doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2017.05.021.
  • Haidar-El-Atrache S, Agarwal R, Sivaswamy L. An Unusual Cause of a Scalp Mass. J Peds. 2016
  • Rashid S, Hanba C, Agarwal R. Facial weakness in a newborn. Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health (Australia). 2016; 52(8): 848
  • Rashid S, Watson C, Agarwal R. Episodic Headache and Arachnoid Cyst Related Subdural Hematoma. Headache. 2016 May 20. doi: 10.1111/head.12846.
  • Kuhlman A, Rashid S, Agarwal R. Double Whammy: Trauma Leading to Sequential Bilateral Facial Nerve Palsy. Pediatr Neurol. 2016;59:95-96.
  • Chavda D, Agarwal R, Park J. Episodes of Nocturnal Awakening: More than meets the eye. J Pediatr. 2015; 167(3):773.
  • Agarwal RL, Mills S, Sivaswamy L. Failure to thrive, microcephaly and intracranial calcifications in a 6-week-old girl. Pediatr Rev. 2015; 36 (4): 172-174.
  • Omar J, Agarwal RL, Serajee F. An 11 year old girl with aggressive behavior and intellectual impairment. Paediatr Child Health. 2014; 19(10): 519.
  • Agarwal R, Sivaswamy L. An 11 year old boy with a tongue-twister. J Paediatr Child Health. 2014; 50(11): 931.
  • Agarwal R, Mehta C, Kumar A, Maqbool M. Brainstem disconnection in a patient with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Pediat Neurol. 2014; 51(2): 282-283.
  • Agarwal R, Davis C, Altinok D, Serajee F. Reversible leukoencephalopathy and Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome in hemolytic uremic syndrome. Pediatr Neurol. 2014; 50(5): 518-521
  • Agarwal RL, Sivaswamy L. A teenager with a rare movement disorder. Neurology. 2013; 81(1): e4
  • Agarwal R, Asim S. Psychogenic non-epileptic events and associated non-epileptic events in children. Journal of Pediatric Neurology (In Press)

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

child neurology has always fascinated me. This field has been rapidly advancing; bringing to the forefront several new treatment avenues in epilepsy and other neurological conditions. It is rewarding to be able to help children with neurological conditions do better and reach their maximum potential.

I like working with kids because...

they are not only fun to be with, but their energy and resilience is infectious. I have seen several children who have complex medical challenges, but they face it with great courage and a smile. Their determination and positive attitude continue to inspire me every single day.

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

this place focuses on the state-of-the art treatment for its patients in addition to providing a family-centered approach to patient care. It has strong work ethics and the staff is extremely personable.

Dayton Children's is special because...

it strives to do the best for the community. There is emphasis on not only making the child better, but also improving the family’s experience while they are dealing with sickness and health problems in their loved ones.

ratings and reviews

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It was wonderful to have a nurse and doctor listen to our experience and asked questions to better understand what was occurring with our child and what we needed. Very thankful we have been paired with this dr/nurse team.

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very pleased with service, and courtesy of nurses

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Hello. We had an appointment. My daughter was there. She wasn't feeling good. Dr. Agarwal was checking her out and she was very whiny and he end up playing his phone, Baby Shark to distract her, where she wouldn't realize that he was examining her. And I just thought that was pretty cool that he did that. Fortunately, my daughter began to start throwing up because she wasn't feeling good, but he was very professional and he got his nurse and the nurse came in and helped out and helped clean up, along with me, clean up what had happened. And I just thought they were very nice and kind, and didn't make me feel, you know, any kind of way. I felt bad about it

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Experience was really great. He was extremely confident and professional. I felt like he listened and took very thorough notes and really gave us a very overall, just good experience. We would definitely recommend him to anyone.

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conditions I treat

Chronic headache, Epilepsy, Infantile spasms, Neurocutaneous disorders, Neurocutaneous syndromes, New onset seizures, Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES), Seizures, Sturge-Weber, Tuberous sclerosis, Brain tumors, Cerebral palsy, Febrile seizures, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Headaches, Movement disorders

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