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Donald Max Olson MD

  • Donald Max Olson
  • "It's exciting to watch children grow under your care."

When I first meet a family, I try to listen to the family's concerns. At the same time I try to make the child, my new patient, as comfortable as I can, knowing that all children feel a bit anxious in a new setting. I was drawn to pediatrics because it's exciting to watch children grow under your care; I also enjoy interacting with families as a whole.

Sometimes parents bring their children with epilepsy to our program to see if surgery will help control their disabling seizures. One little girl stands out in my mind because her epilepsy left her totally unable to care for herself. At age 7 she underwent a dramatic surgery called hemispherectomy, a procedure where half the brain is disconnected or removed, with the remaining neurons adapting to take over the tasks of the lost hemisphere. To see pictures and hear about her high school graduation 11 years later is one of the happiest moments in my career.

Work and Education

Professional Education

Oregon Health Science University, Portland, OR, 1981

Internship

Children's Hospital of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 1982

Residency

Children's Hospital of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 1984

University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA, 1987

Fellowship

UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1989

Board Certifications

Clinical Neurophysiology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Neurology - Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

Years on our staff:

Specialties

Neurology

Seizures/Epilepsy

Clinical Neurophysiology

Ketogenic Diet