Elia M. Pestana Knight, Headshot, White Lab Coat, Ps

May 27, 2021

Dr. Pestana Knight is a staff physician specializing in pediatric epilepsy at the Epilepsy Center at the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. She is also an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Pestana Knight completed medical school in Cuba, where she graduated at the top of her class in 1991. This was followed by training in general neurology and pediatric neurology, at the Instituto Nacional de Neurologia y Neurocirugia in Havana, Cuba, which she completed in 1996. After moving to the United States, Dr. Pestana Knight completed a research fellowship in epilepsy at the Cleveland Clinic (2004), residency training in pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital (2007), and pediatric neurology residency at the University of Michigan (2010).

She is board certified in pediatrics, neurology with special qualifications in child neurology and epilepsy. Dr. Pestana Knight has authored more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals related to epilepsy and neurological disorders. Her areas of research interest include co-morbidities in pediatric epilepsy, developmental and epileptic encephalopathy, in particular CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder and CSWSS/ESES, epilepsy surgery and pediatric epilepsy outcomes. She is also an enthusiastic teacher.