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Pediatric Neurology

Neurology Leadership

Nitin C. Patel, MD

Nitin C. Patel M.D.

Nitin C. Patel M.D., is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Neurology at SIU School of Medicine and a member of the SIU Medicine group practice.  Dr. Patel earned his medical degree at Jabalpur University Government Medical College, Jabalpur, India.  He has an MPH in Public Health, Environmental Health and Epidemiology  from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.  He completed a Pediatric Externship at St. John’s Hosp in Brooklyn, New York,  and his Pediatric Residency at New York Medical College, Lincoln Program Bronx, NY.  Dr. Patel completed fellowships in Pediatric Neurology and Epilepsy at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School Program Newark, New Jersey. 

Sonam Verma, M.B.B.S.

Dr. Sonam Verma received her MBBS from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India. She completed her a residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ. She also completed a Child Neurology residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklynn, NY, and a neurology fellowship at  Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX.

Patient Care

Conditions Treated

  • Brain and nervous system tumors
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Concussion and Head Injuries
  • Congenital Defects of the Brain and Spinal Cord
  • Developmental Delay
  • Epilepsy and Seizures
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurofibramatosis
  • Neurogenetic Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Strokes
  • Tics and Tourette Syndrome
  • Tuberous Sclerosis



Pediatric Neurology residents, medical students, and faculty education at SIU School of Medicine are all dedicated to maintaining a tradition of educational excellence. The Pediatric Neurology rotation involves residents and students from Pediatrics and Neurology in inpatient consultation and evaluation for a variety of neurological conditions, including but not limited to epilepsy and headaches. Students learn how to take history and examine patients of various age groups with different neurological conditions. Students will also learn how to conduct bedside examinations and formulate differential diagnoses and treatment plans.

Clinical and Research Interests

Dr. Patel has a special interest in clinical trials for pediatric epilepsy and headaches. He has done numerous clinical trials in the past which include newer medications like Topamax, Permapranolol, and Lamictal for epilepsy.