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Neurology / Pediatric

John Zempel, MD, PhD

Current Position
Associate Professor, Neurology and Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Neurology
Director, EEG Laboratories, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Specialty Areas
Pediatric Neurology
Pediatric Epilepsy
Sleep Medicine

Patients Seen At
St. Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place, Suite D, Floor 2
St. Louis, MO  63110
Fax:   314-454-4225
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Mailing Address
Department of Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine
660 South Euclid Ave.
Campus Box: 8111
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Epilepsy in children, autism, pediatric sleep disorders, Landau-Kleffner syndrome.

Board Certification
Child Neurology -- Certified
Neurology -- Certified

Medical Education
B.S. : Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, 1985
Medical Degree: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1995
Ph.D.: Neurobiology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1995
Residency: Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, 1997
Residency: Adult Neurology, Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1998
Residency: Child Neurology, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, 2000
Fellowship: Pediatric Epilepsy, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, 2003
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2011-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Zempel JM, Mano T. Myoclonic atonic epilepsy: Another generalized epilepsy syndrome that is "not so" generalized. Neurology. 2014 Apr 29;82(17):1486-7.

Guilliams K, Rosen M, Buttram S, Zempel J, Pineda J, Miller B, Shoykhet M. Hypothermia for pediatric refractory status epilepticus. Epilepsia. 2013 Sep;54(9):1586-94.

Srinivasakumar P, Zempel J, Wallendorf M, Lawrence R, Inder T, Mathur A. Therapeutic hypothermia in neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy: electrographic seizures and magnetic resonance imaging evidence of injury. J Pediatr. 2013 Aug;163(2):465-70.

Mitchell TJ, Neil JJ, Zempel JM, Thio LL, Inder TE, Bretthorst GL. Automating the analysis of EEG recordings from prematurely-born infants: a Bayesian approach. Clin Neurophysiol. 2013 Mar;124(3):452-61.

Zempel JM, Politte DG, Kelsey M, Verner R, Nolan TS, Babajani-Feremi A, Prior F, Larson-Prior LJ. Characterization of scale-free properties of human electrocorticography in awake and slow wave sleep States. Front Neurol. 2012 Jun 12;3:76.

Kelsey M, Politte D, Verner R, Zempel JM, Nolan T, Babajani-Feremi A, Prior F, Larson-Prior LJ. Determination of neural state classification metrics from the power spectrum of human ECoG. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2012;2012:4336-40.

Larson-Prior LJ, Power JD, Vincent JL, Nolan TS, Coalson RS, Zempel J, Snyder AZ, Schlaggar BL, Raichle ME, Petersen SE. Modulation of the brain's functional network architecture in the transition from wake to sleep. Prog Brain Res. 2011;193:277-94.

Breshears JD, Gaona CM, Roland JL, Sharma M, Anderson NR, Bundy DT, Freudenburg ZV, Smyth MD, Zempel J, Limbrick DD, Smart WD, Leuthardt EC. Decoding motor signals from the pediatric cortex: implications for brain-computer interfaces in children. Pediatrics. 2011 Jul;128(1):e160-8.

He BJ, Zempel JM, Snyder AZ, Raichle ME. The temporal structures and functional significance of scale-free brain activity. Neuron. 2010 May 13;66(3):353-69.

Shah DK, Zempel J, Barton T, Lukas K, Inder TE. Electrographic seizures in preterm infants during the first week of life are associated with cerebral injury. Pediatr Res. 2010 Jan;67(1):102-6.

Lawrence R, Mathur A, Nguyen The Tich S, Zempel J, Inder T. A pilot study of continuous limited-channel aEEG in term infants with encephalopathy. J Pediatr. 2009 Jun;154(6):835-41.e1.

Larson-Prior LJ, Zempel JM, Nolan TS, Prior FW, Snyder AZ, Raichle ME. Cortical network functional connectivity in the descent to sleep. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Mar 17;106(11):4489-94.

Mathur AM, Morris LD, Teteh F, Inder TE, Zempel J. Utility of prolonged bedside amplitude-integrated encephalogram in encephalopathic infants. Am J Perinatol. 2008 Nov;25(10):611-5.

He BJ, Snyder AZ, Zempel JM, Smyth MD, Raichle ME. Electrophysiological correlates of the brain's intrinsic large-scale functional architecture. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Oct 14;105(41):16039-44.

Johnston JM, Vaishnavi SN, Smyth MD, Zhang D, He BJ, Zempel JM, Shimony JS, Snyder AZ, Raichle ME. Loss of resting interhemispheric functional connectivity after complete section of the corpus callosum. J Neurosci. 2008 Jun 18;28(25):6453-8

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine Pub Med page for Dr. John Zempel

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