Child Neurology Consultants of Austin

Child Neurologist

Child Neurologist

Karen Keough, MD

Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Pediatrician and Child Neurologist / Neurophysiologist

Dr. Karen Keough earned her bachelor of science in psychology at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and also studied molecular biology at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. She earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her pediatrics residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, where she also served as chief resident.

Following her residency, Dr. Keough pursued a fellowship in pediatric neurology at Duke University. After spending three years in the Air Force as a child neurologist, she completed an additional fellowship in electroencephalography and epilepsy at Baylor University School of Medicine. She then returned to Wilford Hall Medical Center to serve as director of epilepsy services and chief of child neurology.

Dr. Keough initiated the child neurology residency program at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, Austin and maintains a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor. Additionally, she holds the position of chair of the Child Neurology Society’s Educational Special Interest Group, and serves on the Neurology Child Examination Committee for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Keough founded the Tuberous Sclerosis Center in Austin and was formerly its co-director. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, a national non-profit dedicated to finding a cure for TSC and is the program director for the TSC Clinic at Child Neurology Consultants of Austin.

Her primary clinical focus is refractory epilepsy, though she continues to participate actively in the general child neurology hospital service to work with trainees and maintain her edge for treating other clinical neurologic conditions.

In 2017, Dr. Keough was named Chief Medical Officer for Compassionate Cultivation and Austin, Texas-based company licensed to grow, process and dispense cannabidiol medicine.

Dr. Keough has lived and worked in Austin since 2006.

Special Interests:

  • Refractory epilepsy, including evaluation for epilepsy surgery

Board Certifications:

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Qualification in Epilepsy, 2016
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Subspecialty in Clinical Neurophysiology, 2004
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology, 2001
  • American Board of Pediatrics, 1996


  • Undergraduate: College of William & Mary, 1987
  • Medical Education: Johns Hopkins University, 1993
  • Residency: Wilford Hall Medical Center, 1996
  • Fellowships: Pediatric Neurology, Duke University Medical Center; Electroencephalography and Epilepsy, Baylor University Medical Center

To make an appointment with Dr. Keough at our South Austin or Central Austin clinic, please call (512) 494-4000 or book an appointment online.