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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 Hospital. Dr. Agarwal was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He completed his medical school education at Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital in Mumbai, India and did a pediatric residency at the same institution. He then joined the internship program at Wayne State University, Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where he stayed on to complete his residency in child neurology. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Agarwal went on to Case Western Reserve University, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio where he completed his fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy. 

He has a special interest in caring for pediatric patients with epilepsy and neurocutaneous disorders.

Dr. Agarwal’s favorite thing about working with kids is that they are not only fun to be with, but their energy and resilience is infectious. Throughout his career he has seen several children who have complex medical challenges face their condition with great courage and a smile. Their determination and positive attitude continue to inspire Dr. Agarwal every single day. 

Outside of work Dr. Agarwal enjoys cooking, spending time with family and watching Bollywood movies.

Languages spoken:

  • English
  • Hindi

schedule an appointment

If your child is an existing patient, log in to MyKidsChart to schedule directly with your provider for follow-up care.

If you are new to the Dayton Children’s neurology clinic, use the online scheduling tool below to schedule an appointment. New patient appointments must be done in person. To schedule by phone call 937-641-4000

conditions you can schedule for:

  • Headaches and migraine
  • General neurology - developmental delays, numbness/tingling, weakness, ataxia (unsteady gait), hyper/hypotonia
  • Movement disorders - tics, Tourette's syndrome, tremors, chorea, clonus, dystonia

If your child needs to be seen for epilepsy/seizures or another condition not listed as an option for online scheduling, please call 937-641-4000 to schedule an appointment.

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.

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The provider and the nurse were very thorough in their questioning and the provider was thorough in his examination that he did, in his neural examination, so I felt comfortable. And he also went on here and did an MRI just, you know, because of things that was going on just to help me feel comfortable that there wasn't anything wrong. So I really appreciated that.

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He was very educational and took his time with my daughter.

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He's a very nice doctor

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My child and I enjoy doctor Agarwal so much be going to him for years so happy with everything he's done for us

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