Luca Bartolini, MD, FAAN, FAES

Dr. Bartolini is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) dual Board-Certified Pediatric Neurologist and Epileptologist practicing at Meyer Children’s Hospital / University of Florence, Italy.

Dr. Bartolini is an academic leader who has acquired more than 12 years of experience in clinical practice, research, administration and management in the USA before moving back to Italy. His area of expertise is the treatment of complex neurological disorders in children, with a special interest in all forms of childhood epilepsy, including rare, drug-resistant neurogenetic conditions, inflammatory disorders affecting the central nervous system, pediatric stroke and neurocritical care.

In recognition of his professional accomplishments and dedication in the field of neurology and epilepsy, Dr. Bartolini has been elected a Fellow by the American Academy of Neurology and by the American Epilepsy Society, an honor that only few doctors in Europe have received.

Before joining Meyer Children’s, Dr. Bartolini was the Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, United States. Under his leadership, the program has become a referral center for the treatment of complex pediatric epilepsies in Rhode Island, Southern Massachusetts, and Eastern Connecticut. He established a multidisciplinary team, with the ability to perform cutting-edge diagnostic tests, and advanced treatments. The surgical program offered multiple options to children with drug-resistant epilepsy, including invasive EEG monitoring with stereotactic EEG, resective surgery, MRI-guided stereotactic laser ablation, and implantation of neuromodulation devices. Amongst many achievements, Dr. Bartolini’s team was the second in New England to implant a responsive neurostimulation device (RNS) in a child, who then became seizure-free without postoperative deficits.

Dr. Bartolini’s areas of research include inflammatory mechanisms and genetic features involved in pediatric epilepsy and electrophysiological features of rare genetic conditions. His research has been supported by Advance-CTR, and Children’s Miracle Network at Brown University, the American Epilepsy Society, Epilepsy Foundation of America and by the Division of Intramural Research of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

Dr. Bartolini serves as Editor-In-Chief of Neurology: Clinical Practice and Associate Editor of Neurology (official journals of the American Academy of Neurology), and sits on the Leadership Development Subcommittee and Publications Committee of the American Academy of Neurology.