Stephen J. Falchek, MD


Primary Office

Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware 1600 Rockland Road Wilmington, DE 19803 Appointment: (800) 416-4441

Other Offices

Get to Know Me

At Nemours, we treat a lot of children who have complicated neurological problems. I feel strongly that each child, each family, deserves my best, and the best that anyone can provide. I am proud of my choice to align my career with the Nemours Foundation, because I identify with Alfred duPont’s statement, “I have always believed that it is incumbent on every man to do their utmost to relieve human suffering.”

Why I Treat Children

Although I had a degree in theoretical mathematics, several members of my family were in the medical field and served as role models. I was as surprised as anyone to learn I had a talent for treating children. But that was the inspiring feedback from my mentors. I only discovered my interest in neurology after I decided on pediatrics. And looking back, I realize both decisions were exactly right.

How I Try to Make A Difference

I co-founded and serve as board chair and medical director at a chronic care facility for children in Newark, Delaware. We provide comprehensive care for children who don’t need to be in an acute care hospital, but are too sick to go home. I am the program director of our child neurology residency and the pediatric epilepsy fellowship, through the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. This permits me to participate in the education of the next generation of pediatric neurologists and epilepsy specialists, who will carry on the science and philosophy of treating these children. I am an active participant in our Pride Associate Resource group, because I believe everyone contributes equal effort to achieving our goals, and everyone deserves authentically equal recognition for doing their part to relieve human suffering.

Education & Training


  • Neurophysiology/Epilepsy - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 1999


  • Child Neurology - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 1998

Internship Residency

  • Pediatrics - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, 1995

Medical/Dental School

  • MD - Temple University School of Medicine, 1992

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology/Child Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology/Epilepsy
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology/Clinical Neurophysiology
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology/General Pediatrics

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016 Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors
  • 2015 Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors
  • 2014 Best Doctors in America
  • 2014 Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors
  • 2014 SJ Magazine Top Doctors
  • 2013 Best Doctors in America
  • 2011 Best Doctors in America
  • 2015 Main Line Today Magazine, Top Doctors
  • 2016 Main Line Today Magazine, Top Doctors

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health PA Kids HMO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO/EPO/POS
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Amerihealth Caritas Delaware
  • Amerihealth Caritas Delaware NJ
  • Carefirst MD Community Health Plan Mcaid
  • Cigna & Great West HMO/POS/EPO
  • Cigna & Great West PPO
  • Cigna Lifesource Transplant
  • Cigna/Great West HMO EPO POS
  • Cigna/Great West PPO
  • Delaware First Health
  • Delaware Medicaid/Diamond State
  • Delaware Medicare
  • Devon Health Services
  • Fidelis Care NJ Medicaid HMO
  • First Health/Affordable PPO
  • Geisinger Health Plan Commercial
  • Global Medical Managment DE/PA
  • Global Medical Mangment NJ
  • Health Partners Medicaid/Kidz Partner HMO
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware *PA Loc Contiguous to DE*
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware *PA Loc NONContiguous to DE*
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania
  • Highmark Medicaid Health Options
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Independance Blue Cross/Amerihealth/Keystone Health Plan
  • Insurance Administrators of America
  • INTEGRA Administrative Group (ClaimsBridge)
  • Keystone First Medicaid HMO
  • Lifetrac Transplant
  • Maryland Medicaid
  • Multiplan PPO
  • National Transplant (Humana)
  • New Jersey Medicaid
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare PPO NJ
  • Pennsylvania Medicaid
  • Plan Vista/NPPN PPO
  • Preferred Healthcare PPO
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • Qualcare HMO/POS/PPO
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services/CHAMPVA
  • United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic
  • UPMC Medicaid
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Wellpoint Maryland Medcaid

  • Epilepsy
  • Headaches
  • Pediatric Movement Disorders
  • Seizures
  • Tics and Tourette Syndrome

Research Activities

I recently published an article on encephalitis, which is a major contributor to the prevalence of neurological conditions.

Medical Interests

  • ACTH administration
  • EEG and epilepsy monitoring
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Low glycemic diet
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Modified Atkins diet
  • Surgical interventions for epilepsy
  • Vagus nerve stimulation

  • Yue, X., Nikam, R. M., Kecskemethy, H. H., Kandula, V. V. R., Falchek, S. J., Averill, L. W., & Langhans, S. A. (2021). Radiosynthesis of 1-(2-[18f]fluoroethyl)-l-tryptophan using a one-pot, two-step protocol. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 2021(175). doi:10.3791/63025

  • Sabeti, S., Ball, K. L., Bhattacharya, S. K., Bitrian, E., Blieden, L. S., Brandt, J. D., & Kelly, K. M. (2021). Consensus Statement for the Management and Treatment of Sturge-Weber Syndrome: Neurology, Neuroimaging, and Ophthalmology Recommendations. Pediatric Neurology, 121, 59-66. doi:10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2021.04.013

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  • Khair, A. M., Husain, S., Kaur, G., & Falchek, S. (2020). Convulsive Status Epilepticus in a Child With Controlled Epilepsy and Concurrent COVID-19 Infection: A Case Report and a Quick Review. Clinical Medicine Insights: Case Reports, 13. doi:10.1177/1179547620984126

  • Luat, A. F., Juhasz, C., Loeb, J. A., Chugani, H. T., Falchek, S. J., Jain, B., & Pinto, A. (2019). Neurological Complications of Sturge-Weber Syndrome: Current Status and Unmet Needs. Pediatric Neurology, 98, 31-38. doi:10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2019.05.013

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  • Falchek, S. J. (2018). Bell palsy. In The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult, 8th Edition (bll 100-101). Opgehaal van

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