John Gaitanis, MD

Brown Medical School/Hasbro Children’s Hospital


John Gaitanis, MD, is a pediatric neurologist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Gaitanis received his medical degree from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Strong Memorial Hospital through the University of Rochester Medical School, as well as a residency in neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital through Harvard Medical School. He completed a fellowship in epilepsy and neurophysiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center through Harvard Medical School.

His clinical research focuses on finding improved biomarkers and therapeutics for epilepsy, and improving EEG signal acquisition with advancements in electrode design and software processing techniques.

Dr. Gaitanis previously served as an associate professor of pediatrics at Tufts Medical School and chief of pediatric neurology at Tufts Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Gaitanis is a member of several professional organizations including the Child Neurology Society, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Epilepsy Society.

BRAIN Funded Projects

Assessing the Efficacy of Spelled Communication

Aims of the study: Determine the existence of facilitator bias and dependence in spelled communication; Investigate efficacy of spelled communication in non-verbal patients with ASD; Determine if spelled communication improves behavioral regulation and improves communication and development, thereby the quality of life

Selected Publications

Frye RE, Nanda H, Pleasure SJ, Casanova MF, Boles RG, Lewine J, Gaitanis J, Adams JB. Synchrony 2022: Epilepsy and Seizures in Autism Spectrum Disorder Roundtable. J Pers Med. 2023 Mar 20;13(3):557. doi: 10.3390/jpm13030557. PMID: 36983738; PMCID: PMC10052130.

Mostafavi M, Gaitanis J. Autism Spectrum Disorder and Medical Cannabis: Review and Clinical Experience. Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2020 Oct;35:100833. doi: 10.1016/j.spen.2020.100833. Epub 2020 Jul 2. PMID: 32892960.

Frankovich J, Nanda H, Mellins ED, Jyonouchi H, Boles RG, Walker SJ, Gaitanis J, Frye RE. Synchrony 2022: The Role of Neuroinflammation in Behavioral Exacerbations in Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Pers Med. 2023 Jul 13;13(7):1133. doi: 10.3390/jpm13071133. PMID: 37511746; PMCID: PMC10381638.

Gundogdu BS, Gaitanis J, Adams JB, Rossignol DA, Frye RE. Age-Related Changes in Epilepsy Characteristics and Response to Antiepileptic Treatment in Autism Spectrum Disorders. J Pers Med. 2023 Jul 21;13(7):1167. doi: 10.3390/jpm13071167. PMID: 37511780; PMCID: PMC10381477.

Gaitanis J, Nie D, Hou T, Frye R. Developmental Regression Followed by Epilepsy and Aggression: A New Syndrome in Autism Spectrum Disorder? J Pers Med. 2023 Jun 26;13(7):1049. doi: 10.3390/jpm13071049. PMID: 37511662; PMCID: PMC10381960.

Gaitanis J. Deep brain stimulation for autism spectrum disorders. Neurosurg Focus. 2016 Jul;41(1):E12. doi: 10.3171/2016.1.FOCUS15603. PMID: 27364254.

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