Dr. Priyanka Sabharwal, MD

Dr. Priyanka Sabharwal, MD

Dr. Priyanka Sabharwal, MD

Languages: English
Phone: 202-877-2172
Fax: 855-354-3967

Contact this Provider:

  • Neurology
Conditions I Treat
  • abnormal eeg
  • absence epilepsy
  • atonic epilepsy
  • childhood epilepsy
  • convulsion
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Procedures I Perform
  • electroencephalography
  • epilepsy surgery evaluation
About the Provider

Priyanka Sabharwal, MD, PhD, is an attending neurologist and epilepsy specialist affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Sabharwal specializes in treating patients with epilepsy, seizure disorders, concussions, and traumatic brain injury.

Her treatment methods revolve around a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach towards the care of patients with epilepsy. She believes in comprehensive epilepsy care that encompasses the use of medications, dietary therapies such as the ketogenic diet (proven to reduce the frequency of seizures in patients with epilepsy), medications, integrative therapies, surgical approaches, and electrical brain stimulation. For complex patients with epilepsy, Dr. Sabharwal also offers novel neuromodulation therapies including the vagal nerve stimulator, and responsive neurostimulation. For these devices, she works with a multi-disciplinary team, including neurosurgeons, neuropsychiatrists, neuropsychologists, nurse practitioners, and dieticians.

Her clinical interests include epilepsy, seizures, concussions, traumatic brain injury, care of  women with epilepsy, and the transition of care of pediatric epilepsy patients to adult epilepsy care. In current times, children with childhood epilepsy are living longer, and at times have complex and challenging needs. Dr. Sabharwal is dedicated to identifying and addressing gaps in the transition of care to ensure that pediatric epilepsy patients who are at risk of poor transition can be identified early, in turn promoting uninterrupted and adequate care for this vulnerable population.

Her research interests include refractory epilepsy (surgical care of people with epilepsy), women with epilepsy, and raising awareness of SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy patients). During her PhD work, Dr. Sabharwal researched mechanisms that control neuronal diversity in the nervous system. She showed that GDE2, a six-transmembrane protein, was important for generation of force-generating alpha motor neurons in the nervous system, in turn establishing GDE2 as a key regulator of motor neuron diversity.

Dr. Sabharwal received her medical degree from King George Medical College in India. She then pursued a PhD in Neurosciences from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she studied neurogenesis during the formation of the nervous system. She then joined New York University School of Medicine to pursue a three-year neurology residency, where she served as Chief Resident, followed by a one-year sub-specialty fellowship in neurophysiology and a one-year sub-specialty fellowship in epilepsy.

She is a member of the American Epilepsy Society, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. She is the recipient of America’s Top Physicians (2017), awarded by the Consumer Research Council of America.

Philosophy of Care

“To me, my patients’ health is personal. Epilepsy and other neurological disorders can affect every single aspect of someone’s life and can place them in a very vulnerable position. They need someone they can trust, and I am that person.

“The foundation of my practice is compassion. Most of my patients come to me with a condition that is very challenging. I am by my patients’ side throughout the entire experience. I listen to their concerns, and ask meaningful questions in order to understand their life goals. Most importantly, I communicate clearly and openly with them, so that they fully understand the reality of their diagnosis.

“With honesty and transparency, I build trust with my patients so that I can provide them care in the best way possible.”

  • Fellowship Program: New York University School of Medicine (2017)
  • Graduate Education: New York University School of Medicine (2017)
  • Fellowship Program: New York University School of Medicine (2016)
  • Graduate Education: New York University School of Medicine (2016)
  • Graduate Education: New York University School of Medicine (2015)
  • Residency Program: New York University School of Medicine (2015)
  • Graduate Education: INSTITUTION NOT PRESENT (2012)
  • Internship Program: Griffin Hospital (2012)
  • Graduate Education: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2011)
  • Graduate Education: Mayo Medical School (2005)
  • Medical School: King Georges Medical College (2003)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Epilepsy
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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Practice Locations
Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital