Douglas Nordli, MD

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Professor of Pediatrics Chief, Section of Pediatric Neurology
Co-Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

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Douglas R. Nordli, Jr., MD, is a highly skilled neurologist who specializes in treating children with neurological conditions. Dr. Nordli focuses on pediatric epilepsy, with a particular interest in early onset epilepsy, and he is passionate about understanding each child’s unique condition so that he can provide targeted treatment for better results.

Along with Dr. Nordli’s clinical work, he is also actively researching methods to improve pediatric neurology care. Dr. Nordli is investigating techniques to predict and alter the course of epilepsy and examining how a novel method of classification of epilepsy can lead to better diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Nordli has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology, Epilepsia and Epilepsy & Behavior

Dr. Nordli is also involved in the education of medical students, residents and fellows. He mentors fellows and has developed CME courses to help guide pediatric neurology residents and fellows. Dr. Nordli has also given multiple lectures both during ground rounds and as an invited lecturer nationally and abroad. 


Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons


  • Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
  • Child Neurology Society
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare*
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1990

Board Certifications

  • Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Epilepsy
  • Clinical Neurophysiology

Languages Spoken

  • English

At The Forefront Live: Pediatric Epilepsy

Caring for kids with epilepsy can be challenging. Epileptologists Douglas Nordli, MD, and Julia Henry, MD, answered your questions.

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