Lorie Diane Hamiwka, MD

Lorie Diane Hamiwka, MD

Neurosciences Center, Neurology, Epilepsy Program

On staff since July 2015

Academic Title: Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology

    • Miae Bellevue 12.06.22

      Dr. Hamiwka has been so supportive of my now 16 year old son. We met her in October of 2021 almost a year after his first seizure. She has been able to support his desire to try and have a normal adolescence. She recognized the importance of sports in his life and has supported his decisions to participate in them. She also has helped to wean him down to two medications administered once a day. An epilepsy diagnosis can really change your life, but she has been an advocate for my son. She has helped him to try and overcome this challenge and to live his life as normally as possible.

    • Neetha VENTURA 05.26.18

      Dr. Hamiwka is exceptional, she first diagnosed my daughter at 4 months old with WEST syndrome. Her accuracy and speed with which she treated my daughter allowed her to meet all of her developmental milestones. We will forever be grateful to her and now that we will be moving to the same state we know that our daughter will continue to flourish under her care.

    • Christina Spokane Valley,Wa 05.21.17

      Dr.Hamiwka is an amazing provider. She has gone the extended mile to help my little boy and track down what is happening with his little brain and body. My son was not receiving the proper care he needed and we were heading on the wrong path prior to meeting her. She truly has put her all into my son. We come from the other side of the state just to obtain decent care for him. She has always been acommodating to get us seen by her at last moments notice when we come for other appointments or if he needs to be seen urgently. She also contacts us directly to find out what the issues are that my child is having when I need to schedule to have him seen. She follows up by phone with us so we don't have to drive all the way back for unnessesary appointments and is very quick to respond to mesgs. She knows how to remain calm when a child has behavioral problems and get down to the child's level of understanding. Some doctors cant be bothered with putting in extra work or time and can not remain from becoming frustrated when a child doesnt sit still and quiet but Dr.Hamiwka is the opposite of this. She presses hard to make happen what the patient needs and doesnt take no for an answer. She is that Doctor you see on tv and think to your self how nice would it be if there was actually a physician who tried that hard. Dr.Hamiwka has put so much time into my child and I am so so thankful. Being on the pre med track myself I have gained even more passion for my future career and inspiration as to the type of Doctor I hope I will become and I owe that inspiration to her.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Pediatric Residency Teaching Award, Pediatric Neurology Nationwide Children's Hospital 2011
    Best Doctors Best Doctors is a nomination and electoral process that selects 5% of the physicians nationwide for inclusion on the Best Doctors list. Best Doctors 2010 - 2014
    Young Investigator Award American Epilepsy Society 2002
  • Other Publications

    • Wirrell EC | Laux L | Franz DN | Sullivan J | Saneto RP | Morse RP | Devinsky O | Chugani H | Hernandez A | Hamiwka L | Mikati MA | Valencia I | Le Guern ME | Chancharme L | de Menezes MS
      Stiripentol in Dravet syndrome: results of a retrospective U.S. study.
      Epilepsia, 2013 Sept. : 54(9)1595-604
    • Hamiwka L | Macrodimitris S | Tellez-Zenteno JF | Metcalfe A | Wiebe S | Kwon CS | Jetté N | CASES Investigators
      Social outcomes after temporal or extratemporal epilepsy surgery: a systematic review.
      Epilepsia, 2011 May : 52(5)870-9
    • Wood LJ | Sherman EM | Hamiwka LD | Blackman MA | Wirrell EC
      Maternal depression: the cost of caring for a child with intractable epilepsy.
      Pediatric neurology, 2008 Dec. : 39(6)418-22
    • Yu CG | Lee A | Wirrell E | Sherman EM | Hamiwka L
      Health behavior in teens with epilepsy: how do they compare with controls?
      Epilepsy and behavior : EandB, 2008 July : 13(1)90-5
    • Thornton N | Hamiwka L | Sherman E | Tse E | Blackman M | Wirrell E
      Family function in cognitively normal children with epilepsy: impact on competence and problem behaviors.
      Epilepsy and behavior : EandB, 2008 Jan. : 12(1)90-5
    • Glass HC | Prieur B | Molnar C | Hamiwka L | Wirrell E
      Micturition and emotion-induced reflex epilepsy: case report and review of the literature.
      Epilepsia, 2006 Dec. : 47(12)2180-2
    • Gerber PE | Hamiwka L | Connolly MB | Farrell K
      Factors associated with behavioral and cognitive abnormalities in children receiving topiramate.
      Pediatric neurology, 2000 March : 22(3)200-3

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Models of Care for Children and Families with Epilepsy: What Have We Learned and How Can We Start To Apply To the Clinical Setting? American Epilepsy Society Meeting Washington DC 2013
    Social Functioning Among Children with Epilepsy American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting Toronto, ON 2011
    Co-morbidities in Children with Epileptic Encephalopathies International Child Neurology Meeting Montreal, QC 2006


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

University of Manitoba School of Medicine, Winnipeg, MB


British Columbia Children's Hospital-GME, Vancouver, BC


Nicklaus Children's Hospital-Neurophysiology GME, Miami, FL

Clinical Interests

Epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, clinical neurophysiology, neuropsychiatric and psychosocial comorbidities in epilepsy