Frederick Andermann, MD (Retired)

Frederick AndermannContact Information

Email: frederick.andermann [at] mcgill.ca (Frederick Andermann)
Tel.: 514-398-1976
Recent Publications: PubMed
Academic Affiliations: Neurology and Neurosurgery, Pediatrics
Clinical Interests: Epilepsy, epileptic syndromes
Research Group: Epilepsy


Dr. Frederick Andermann obtained both his B.A. (1948) and B.Sc. (1952) from McGill University.  He graduated M.D. Magna cum Laude from the Université de Montreal in 1957.  Dr Andermann conducted his residency from 1957-1961 in Neurology, Pediatric Neurology, Medicine, Psychiatry, Neuropathology and EEG at the Montreal Neurological Hospital, Montreal General Hospital, and Queen Mary Veterans Hospital.

Dr. Andermann has shown a remarkable ability to identify syndromes and assemble multidisciplinary teams of researchers to conduct further clinical investigations.  The results of his inquiries in such areas as cortical dysplasias, progressive myoclonic epilepsies, epilepsy surgery and genetically determined disorders have been published in 6 books and over 400 articles.  His monographs on alternating hemiplegia, Rasmussen’s Syndrome and migraine-epilepsy syndromes have contributed significantly to the understanding these disorders and have led to further research in these areas.

Dr. Andermann has been recognized for his outstanding achievements with the 2003 Prix Wilder Penfield, the 2000 William G. Lennox Award from the American Epilepsy Society, the 1999 Penfield Award for Contribution in Outstanding Canadian Epileptology from the Canadian League Against Epilepsy, and the 1995 Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award from the American Epilepsy Society and Milken Foundation.  The University of Chicago has created The Fred Andermann and Pierre Gloor Award of Excellence in Clinical Neuro-physiology to be bestowed on an individual at the university for his or her outstanding performance in clinical neurophysiology.

In 2006 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada and in September 2006 he received a Neuro Lifetime Achievement Award.

Selected Publications: 

Wilner A, Keezer MR, Andermann F. The effective and ethical use of voluntary induction of psychogenic drop attacks in a patient with idiopathic generalized epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior, Mar 15, 2010.

Andermann E., Andermann F. A life in epilepsy. Epilepsia, Suppl. 1:101-103, 2010.

Leventer RJ., Jansen A., Pilz DT., Stoodley N., Marini C., Dubeau F., Malone J., Mitchell LA., Mandelstam S., Scheffer IE., Berkovic SF., Andermann F., Andermann E., Guerrini R., Dobyns WB. Clinical and imaging heterogeneity of polymicrogyria: a study of 328 patients. Brain, 133 (Pt 5): 1415-1427, 2010.

Graeni C., Stepper F., Sturzenegger M., Merlo A., Verlaan DJ., Andermann F., Baumann CR., Bonassin F., Georgiadis D., Baumgartner RW., Rouleau GA., Siegel AM. Inherited cavernous malformations of the central nervous system: clinical and genetic features in 19 Swiss families. Neurosurgical Review. 33(1)1: 47-51, 2010.

Chung SK., Vanbellinghen JF., Mullins JG., Robinson A., Hantke J., Hammond CL., Gilbert DF., Freilinger M., Ryan M., Kruer MC., Masri A., Gurses C., Ferrie C., Harvey K., Shiang R., Christodoulou J., Andermann F., Andermann E., Thomas RH., Harvey RJ., Lynch JW., Rees MI. Pathological mechanisms of dominant and recessive GLRA1 mutations in hyperekplexia. J Neuroschi. Jul. 14;30(28):9612-20, 2010.

Kossoff EH., Andermann F. Migraine and Epilepsy. Semin Pediatr. Neurol. June;17(2): 117-122, 2010.

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