Kumar R Sannagowdara, MD

Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy, Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, Pediatrics
Children’s Wisconsin since 2016
  • Assistant professor, the Medical College of Wisconsin



Kumar Sannagowdara, MD, is a pediatric neurologist at Children's Wisconsin and an assistant professor of neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Sannagowdara received his medical degree from Mysore Medical College in Mysore, India, and also completed his pediatric residency at Mysore Medical College. In addition, he received pediatric training at the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) in the United Kingdom and obtained membership of RCPCH. Dr. Sannagowdara then completed a pediatric residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, and fellowships in child neurology and clinical neurophysiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is board certified in epilepsy, neurophysiology and neurology with a special qualification in child neurology. He has special interests in epilepsy, general neurology, and neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring.


  • Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy, Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, Pediatrics

Areas of Interest

  • Pediatrics
  • Neuroscience
  • Cerebral palsy
  • EEG monitoring
  • Epilepsy
  • Intractable epilepsy
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Movement disorders
  • Neonatal neurology
  • Neurology
  • Neurophysiology
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Education and Awards


  • 1996, Government Medical College -Mysor India, MBBS
  • 1995, Mysore Medical College, MD


  • 2012, Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center (New York) - Pediatrics


  • 2015, Medical College of Wisconsin - Child Neurology
  • 2016, Medical College of Wisconsin - Clinical Neurophysiology


  • Francis M Foster award: Wisconsin Neurological Society Annual Conference, October 2013
  • Young Investigator Travel Award: Annual Meeting of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS), February 2016, Orlando, FL
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) Research Award, 2016

Research and publications


Brendan J Quirk, PhD; Kumar Sannagowdara, MD; Ellen V Bachmann, BS; Eric S Jensen, DVM; David C Gregg, MD; Harry T Whelan, MD. Effect of Near-Infrared Light on InVitro cellular ATP Production of osteoblasts and fibroblasts and Fracture Healing with Intramedullary Fixation. Journal of Clinical Orthopedics & Trauma (Elsevier). 2016 Mar 10.

Monrad P, Sannagowdara K, Bozarth X, Bhosrekar S, Hecox K, Nwosu M, Schwabe M, Meyer M, Szabo A, Prigge J, Lemke R, Horn B, Whelan HT. Hemodynamic response associated with both ictal and interictal epileptiform activity using simultaneous video Electroencephalography (EEG)/Near Infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in a within-subject study. Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy. 2015; 23(4): 209-218. Epub 2015 Sep 24. PubMed PMID: 26538840.

Sannagowdara K, Willoughby R, Whelan H. Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Metabolomics: Future in Etiological Diagnosis of Encephalomyelitis. J Neuroinfect Dis. 2015 Aug; 6(3). pii: 184. PubMed PMID: 26339656.

Swaiman's Pediatric Neurology: Principles and Practice 6e: Part X: Disorders of Balance and Movement, Chapter 92 - Acute Cerebellar Ataxia (print and online). Harry T. Whelan, MD, Greg Aaen, MD, Kumar Sannagowdara, MD, Megan Demara-Hoth, MSc.