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Shavonne L. Massey, MD, MSCE
Shavonne L. Massey
Pediatric Neurologist

Dr. Massey's research focuses on epilepsy, diagnosis and management of seizures in high risk neonatal populations, and EEG biomarker development



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Dr. Shavonne Massey is an assistant professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a pediatric epileptologist with clinical and research interests in the management of brain injured neonates.

Her specific interests are the use and value of the electroencephalogram in the diagnosis of seizures, development of neurophysiologic biomarkers for brain injury and outcomes, management of seizures, and development of predictive strategies and modeling for acute and chronic outcomes in the neonatal population.

She is interested in better utilizing EEG for diagnosis and management in the following specific high-risk neonatal populations: hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, congenital heart disease, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and ECMO-exposure.

Education and Training

AB, Princeton University (Psychology), 2005

MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine (Medicine), 2009

MSCE, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (Epidemiology & Biostatistics), 2018

Intern, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine (Pediatrics), 2009-2010

Resident, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine (Pediatrics), 2010-2011

Resident, Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center, New York University School of Medicine (Child Neurology), 2011-2014

Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology), 2014-2015

Titles and Academic Titles

Pediatric Neurologist

Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2009-

American Academy of Neurology, 2011-

American Epilepsy Society, 2013-

Child Neurology Society, 2013-

American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, 2014-

Publication Highlights

Thibault C, Naim MY, Abend NS, Licht DJ, Gaynor JW, Xiao R, Massey SL. A retrospective comparison of phenobarbital and levetiracetam for the treatment of seizures following cardiac surgery in neonates. Epilepsia. 2020 Apr; 61(4):627-635. PubMed PMID: 32162678
Massey SL, Abend NS, Gaynor JW, Licht DJ, Nadkarni VM, Topjian AA, Xiao R, Naim MY. Electroencephalographic patterns preceding cardiac arrest in neonates following cardiac surgery. Resuscitation. 2019 Nov; 144: 67-74. PubMed PMID: 31560988
Massey SL, Shou H, Clancy R, DiGiovine M, Fitzgerald MP, Fung FW, Farrar J, Abend NS. Interrater and Intrarater Agreement in Neonatal Electroencephalogram Background Scoring. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2019 Jan; 36(1): 1-8. PMID: 30383719
Massey SL, Jensen FE, Abend NS. Electroencephalographic monitoring for seizure identification and prognosis in term neonates. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2018 Jun; 23(3): 168-174. PubMed PMID: 29352657
Glass HC, Shellhaas RA, Wusthoff CJ, Chang T, Abend NS, Chu CJ, Cilio MR, Glidden DV, Bonifacio SL, Massey S, Tsuchida TN, Silverstein FS, Soul JS. Contemporary Profile of Seizures in Neonates: A Prospective Cohort Study. J Pediatr. 2016 Jul; 74: 98-103.e1. PubMed PMID: 27106855