Jose A. Ferreira, MD
Medical Director

Jose A. Ferreira, MD

Dr. Ferreira’s goal is to provide optimal comprehensive evaluation and management of children of all backgrounds with any level of complexity in the areas of neurobehavioral science, including headache, ADHD, epilepsy, developmental disorders, cerebral palsy, autism related disorders, sleep disorders, neuromuscular disorders, and learning and speech disorders. While keeping a close working relationship with the best Tampa Bay area hospitals, Dr. Ferreira and his team strive to provide the most up-to-date evidence based assessment and treatment options available for your child.


Dr. Ferreira’s office is equipped with the latest technology, including electronic medical records, electronic prescriptions, computer based ADHD testing, and a recently added four bed video electroencephalography (EEG) and polysomnography (sleep study) suite. The addition of this suite has aided in the outpatient diagnosis of difficult cases, as well as in the evaluation of patients with epilepsy that are nonresponsive to medications. “I believe that current technology enhances our abilities to provide patients the best care possible.”


For over 20 years, Dr. Ferreira has participated in clinical research that has led to the use of new medications and medical devices, such as the vagus nerve stimulator (VNS), which has changed the lives of millions of patients. To date, he has been the principal investigator in 60 multicenter clinical trials in the areas of epilepsy, migraine, and neurobehavioral disorders in infants, children, and adolescents. His participation in these research studies has led to the FDA approval of 14 medications for treatment in these areas.


As a result of his extensive background in clinical research, Dr. Ferreira believes that the use of medication should be reserved for times when other alternatives fail or if withholding it could have detrimental effects. “I use the least amount of effective medication, only for the duration needed, trying to avoid adverse effects. When treating epilepsy I consider alternatives such as the ketogenic diet, VNS, and epilepsy surgery when available standard pharmacotherapies are ineffective.”  Dr. Ferreira continues to be in the forefront of new developments in the treatment of pediatric neurological disorders, and is currently enrolling patients in 10 clinical trials in the areas of epilepsy, headache, and Tourette Syndrome.


Since moving to the Tampa Bay area, Dr. Ferreira has been active in the community and has played a role as consultant to Children’s Medical Services (CMS); associate clinical professor at the University of South Florida (USF) School of Medicine; Chief of Pediatric Neurology at St. Joseph’s Children's Hospital; attending physician at Tampa General Hospital (TGH); and as a member of the comprehensive epilepsy center at TGH/USF.  His practice has always been actively involved not only in teaching medical students, residents, and nurse practitioners, but also medical assistants, and electrodiagnostics students from local schools. He continues to enjoy teaching through didactic lectures and hands on experience in clinical practice and hospital rounds.  Dr. Ferreira has also served as examiner for the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (ACNS).  


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Office Location(s):

Pediatric Epilepsy and Neurology Specialists

508 S. Habana Ave
Suite 340
Tampa, Florida   33609
Location Phone: 813-873-7367
Location Fax: 813-875-9722

Accepting new patients:
I am accepting new patients.

Primary Specialty:
Pediatric Neurology

Medical Education:
Doctor of Medicine : 1986
Universidad Central del Este (UCE)  - Dominican Republic
PreMed Education:
Bachelor of Science in Biology : 1982
State University of New York (SUNY), Old Westbury, NY

Adult Neurology : 1991
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
General Pediatrics : 1990
University of Connecticut and Yale University School of Medicine affiliated hospitals

Epilepsy / Electroencephalography : 1994
University of Miami School of Medicine
Pediatric Neurology : 1993
Schneider Children's Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NY

Academic Appointments:
Associate Clinical Professor Pediatrics/Neurology : 1994
University of South Florida School of Medicine

Board Certifications:
American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology : 1997


American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry with Special Qualification in Child Neurology : 1994


Languages other than English:

In Practice Since:

Chief Division Pediatric Neurology : 2004
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa
American Epilepsy Society (AES)
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS)
Child Neurology Society (CNS)