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  • Albert Telfeian, MD, PhD

    Albert Telfeian, MDAlbert Telfeian, MD, PhD is director of pediatric neurosurgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining Hasbro, he was an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and associate professor of neurosurgery at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

    Telfeian is a graduate of the MD/PhD program at Brown University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University and his neurosurgical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed fellowship training in spine and functional epilepsy surgery at Switzerland’s Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois and a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    Telfeian has published extensively in the areas of epilepsy, functional and spine surgery and is currently involved in the research and development of ultra-minimally invasive endoscopic techniques.

    He was the recipient of the American Association of Neurologic Surgeons Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Research Award, the American Epilepsy Society Young Investigator Award and the J. Kiffin Penry Pediatric Epilepsy Award, and was named one of the nation’s 15 leaders in neurosurgery in the October 2011 edition of Newsweek.


    • Fellowship: Yale University
    • Fellowship: Spine and Functional Epilepsy Surgery, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Fellowship: Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA
    • Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    • MD/PhD: Brown University

    Clinical Interests:

    • General and Pediatric Neurosurgery
    • Spinal Disorders
    • Functional Neurosurgery
    • Epilepsy
    • Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Surgery

    Professional Papers

    • Smith SE, Kirkham FJ, , Deveber G, Millman G, Dirks PB, Wirrell E, Telfeian AE, Sykes K, Barow K, Ichord R.Outcome following decompressive craniectomy for malignant middle cerebral artery infarction in children. Dev Med Child Neurol 2010 Aug 30.
    • Simon SL, Auerbach JD, Garg S, Sutton L, Telfeian AE, Dormans JP. Efficacy of spinal instrumentation and fusion in the prevention of postlaminectomy spinal deformity in children with intramedullary spinal cord tumors. J Pediatr Orthop 2008 vol 28, No. 2.
    • Porter BE, Zhang G, Celix J, Hsu FC, Raol YH, Telfeian AE, Gallagher PR, Coulter DA, Brooks-Kayal AR.Heterogeneous GABAA receptor subunit expression in pediatric epilepsy patients. Neurobiol Dis 2005 Apr;18(3):484-91.
    • Sestokas AK, Telfeian AE, Duhaime AC, Sutton L, Sestokas LO, Schwartz DM.Intraoperative motor cortex mapping in children with intractable seizures using motor evoked potential (MEP) threshold gradients. J Clin Neurophys 2005 Oct;22(5).
    • Telfeian AE, Judkins A, Younkin D, Pollock AN, Crino P.Subependymal giant cell astrocytoma with cranial and spinal metastases in a patient with tuberous sclerosis. Journal of Neurosurgery (Pediatrics 5) 2004;100:498-501.
    • Telfeian AE, Landa J, Drummond D.Congenital formation of an intraspinal osseous vertebral ring causing spinal cord compression. Spine 2004 Jan;29(1):E1-3.