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Elaine Wirrell MD

Elaine C. Wirrell MD

Chair and Professor of Child Neurology; Program Director, Child and Adolescent Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Dr. Elaine Wirrell is the Chair and Professor of Child Neurology and Program Director of Child and Adolescent Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  She completed medical school at the University of British Columbia and her Pediatric Neurology training at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

She is the past Co-chair of the Nosology and Status Epilepticus Task Force and a member of the Pediatrics Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy.  She serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of and is on the Medical Advisory Board for the Dravet Syndrome Foundation and the Lennox-Gastaut Foundation.

Dr. Wirrell’s main research interests are in early onset, medically intractable epilepsies including developmental and epileptic encephalopathies and epidemiology and comorbidities of pediatric epilepsy.

She is the recipient of the 2021 Kiffin-Penry Award from the American Epilepsy Society and the 2016 Distinguished Clinician award from Mayo Clinic.


Dr. Wirrell reports the following:
  • Site investigator: Marinus, Takeda – all monies to Mayo Clinic
  • DSMB member: Acadia, Amicus, Longboard, Neurocrine, Encoded

Recent Contributions to PracticeUpdate:

  1. Added Value of an Advanced Workup After the First Seizure