School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Faculty Profile

Lalitha Sivaswamy
Division Chief - Pediatric Neurology Program
Residency Program Director
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology

Lalitha Sivaswamy, M.D. has served as Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine since 2005. She was appointed Program Director for the Pediatric Neurology Residency in 2006.

Her research and clinical interests include Pediatric Headache, Imaging and Autism.


Madras Medical College, India, 1989


Children's Hospital of Michigan (Child Neurology), Detroit, MI, 2002-200

Prior Appointments

Attending Physician, Henry Ford Health Center, Hamtramck, MI, 1997-2002


Pediatric Headache, Imaging and Autism.


Sivaswamy L, Karia S, Extrapontine Myelinolysis in a 4 year old with diabetic ketoacidosis European Journal of Pediatric Neurology 2007; 11(6):389-93.

Sivaswamy L, Van Stavern G. Ischemic Optic Neuropathy in a Child. Pediatr Neurol 2007; 37(5);371-2

Sundaram S, Sivaswamy L, Makki M, Behen M, Chugani H. Absence of arcuate fasciculus in children with global developmental delay of unknown etiology: a diffusion tensor imaging study. J Pediatr 2008; 152:250-255.

Sivaswamy L, Rajamani K, Juhasz C, Maqbool M, Makki M, Chugani H. The corticospinal tract in Sturge-Weber syndrome: a diffusion tensor tractography study. Brain Dev 2008; 30:447-53.

Ui J, Sivaswamy L. Hemiplegia in an 11-year-old. Clin Pediatr 2008; 47(2);199-202.

Sivaswamy L, Acsadi G, Jiang H, Treatment of Seizures in Childhood. Therapy 2009; 6(1): 41-50.

Sivaswamy L, Leung A. Loss of Vision in a Child With Sturge Weber Syndrome. Consultant for Pediatricians 2009; Vol 8. No 2:55-56.

Popovic B, Sivaswamy L, Bhattacharya A. American Journal of Health System Pharmacy (AJHP)Lisdexamfetamine: A Prodrug for Treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity. Am J Health System Pharm 2009 66(22):2005-12.

Sivaswamy L, Kumar A, Rajan D, Muzik O, Behen M, Chugani HT, Chugani D. A Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study of the Cerebellar Pathways in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. J of Child Neurol 2010(10):1223-31.

Kumar A, Sundaram SK, Sivaswamy L, Behen ME, Makki MI, Ager J, Janisse J, Chugan HT, Chugani SC. Alterations in Frontal Lobe Tracts and Corpus Callosum in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Cerebral Cortex 2010 20(9):2103-13.


Awards & Honors
  • 2010-2011 Listed in Best Doctors in America and Best Doctors in Michigan
Other Information

Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1997