Zuhal Ergonul, M.D., Ph.D.

Pediatric Neurology

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Personal Statement

I define migraine as a “preventable public health problem.”  Most primary headache disorders including migraine get better with the correct diagnosis and appropriate management which is very rewarding for me. My interest in preventive medicine makes the headache field even more rewarding. I have been having migraine headaches with and without aura since medical school, but I was able to keep my headaches very infrequent and well-responsive to acute treatment. My secret is a healthy lifestyle and a Mediterranean diet. I can help thousands of patients, not only using the knowledge of headache medicine but also by helping them with a preventive approach. As a child neurologist, I always prefer minimal interventions with minimal side effects if possible. I have a chance to diagnose lifetime conditions at very early age, not only for migraine, but also for several other neurologic conditions including epilepsy, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, and autism spectrum disorder. Preventive medicine has a lot to offer to recognize and predict conditions earlier and manage better.

Biographical Info

Zuhal Ergonul, M.D., Ph.D., is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and an assistant attending pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital. She is board certified in Child Neurology and Headache Medicine.

Dr. Ergonul received her medical degree from Ankara University School of Medicine, and a Ph.D. degree in Physiology from Hacettepe University School of Medicine, in Turkey. She moved to the United States for her postdoctoral research studies and joined the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed a residency in Pediatrics at Long Island College Hospital/Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, a residency in child neurology at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, graduating in 2011. She received her headache medicine fellowship training at Jefferson Headache Center in 2012.

After her graduation, Dr. Ergonul worked at Weill Cornell Medicine as a pediatric headache specialist dedicating the majority of her time to a research project on pain-related ion channels. Her project was founded through the National Institutes of Health Neurologic Science Academic Development Award (NIH K12 NSADA).

Dr. Ergonul served as a general child neurologist and headache specialist at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, prior to joining the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Board Certifications
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
Clinical Expertise
Headache in Children
Migraine Headache in Children
  • Ph.D.
    Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine (Turkey)
  • M.D.
    Ankara University Medical School (Turkey)
  • Assistant Attending Pediatrician
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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