Douglas Nordli, MD

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

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.

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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 HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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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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