Laufey Yr Sigurdardottir, MD


Primary Office

Nemours Children's Hospital, Florida Nemours Children's Hospital, Florida 6535 Nemours Parkway Orlando, FL 32827 Appointment: (407) 650-7715

Other Offices

Get to Know Me

Medicine seems to run in my family. My father trained as a physician in Iceland, and my childhood was split between the US and Reykjavik, Iceland. At first, I wanted to be a veterinarian, but once in medical school I had my heart set on Pediatrics from the start.

Why I Treat Children

I love kids. With eight children of my own I have realized that every child is unique and that there is no one right way to parent. Parents can be certain that I will be upfront with them regarding their child’s illness. I treat people the way I want to be treated when I step into a physician’s office with one of my kids.

How I Try to Make A Difference

I try to listen more than I speak and learn from others at every opportunity. To me the treatment of a child is a collaboration between the child, his/her parents and the physician and team at Nemours. Together we will find the best solution, always.

Education & Training


  • Neurophysiology/Epilepsy - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2002


  • Child Neurology - Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • Pediatrics - University of Connecticut, 1998

Internship Residency

  • Rotating - Landspitali University Hospital of Iceland, 1996

Medical/Dental School

  • MD - University of Iceland, Faculty of Medicine, 1993

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology/Epilepsy
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology/Child Neurology

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health FL Medicaid and Healthy Kids
  • AmeriHealth Caritas Florida (FKA Prestige Health Choice)
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield HMO
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Non HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida Blue Select
  • Cigna & Great West HMO/POS Open Access
  • Cigna & Great West PPO/EPO
  • Community Care Plan Medicaid
  • Employers Health Network PPO
  • Evolutions Healthcare
  • First Health Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Florida Medicaid
  • Health First Health Plans
  • HealthSmart Health Plans PPO
  • Molina Healthcare Medicaid
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare PPO ORL
  • Prime Health Services PPO Specialty Florida
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • Simply Healthcare Healthy Kids
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine SMI/CMS 19 & 21
  • Sunshine State Health Plan Medicaid
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services/CHAMPVA
  • United Healthcare Commercial Products
  • United Healthcare Community Plan Medicaid
  • Volusia Health Network PPO/EPO

  • Epilepsy
  • Headaches
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myotonic Dystrophy
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Pediatric Movement Disorders
  • Seizures
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Tics and Tourette Syndrome

Medical Interests

  • Autism
  • Behavioral difficulties
  • Congenital malformations
  • Neonatal care

  • Johnstone, D. L., Al-Shekaili, H. H., Tarailo-Graovac, M., Wolf, N. I., Ivy, A. S., Demarest, S., & Van Karnebeek, C. D. M. (2019). PLPHP deficiency: Clinical, genetic, biochemical, and mechanistic insights. Brain, 142(3), 542-559. doi:10.1093/brain/awy346

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  • Nelson, J. S., Longani, N., Sigurdardottir, L. Y., Maul, T. M., Wearden, P. D., & Chrysostomou, C. (2018). Pediatric ECMO after drowning: Neuroprotective strategies. Progress in Pediatric Cardiology, 50, 34-38. doi:10.1016/j.ppedcard.2018.05.004

  • Finkel, R. S., Mercuri, E., Darras, B. T., Connolly, A. M., Kuntz, N. L., Kirschner, J., & Zeng, Y. S. (2017). Nusinersen versus sham control in infantile-onset spinal muscular atrophy. New England Journal of Medicine, 377(18), 1723-1732. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1702752

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