Epilepsy

Neurology Fellowship Programs

Faculty

  • A. James Fessler, III, M.D., Unit Chief
  • Lynn Liu, M.D., Fellowship Director
  • Michel J. Berg, M.D. (EEG/Epilepsy)
  • Gretchen L. Birbeck, MD, MPH (EEG/Epilepsy/Global Health)
  • James Burchfiel, Ph.D. (Neurophysiology)
  • Paul Burkat, M.D. (Psychiatry)
  • Michael Privitera, M.D. (Psychiatry)
  • Giuseppe Erba, M.D., Emeritus (Pediatric Epilepsy)
  • Robert A. Gross, M.D., Ph.D.
  • John T. Langfitt, Ph.D. (Neuropsychology)
  • Jonathan Marcus, M.D. (Epilepsy)
  • Webster Pilcher, M.D., Ph.D. (Neurosurgery)
  • Olga Selioutski, D.O. (Neurophysiology)
  • David Wang, M.D. (Pediatric Epilepsy)
  • William Watson, Ph.D. (Family Psychology)
  • Thomas Wychowski, MD (EEG/Epilepsy)

This 1-2 year fellowship training program in Epilepsy can follow independent or sequential tracts based on experience and goals. The first year provides strong foundation in all aspects of clinical neurophysiology with a focus on electroencephalography and evoked potentials. This fellowship program is accredited by the Resident Review Committee and meets eligibility requirements for the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology. This training parallels the Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship program, but it has advantages for persons who either do not want or do not need American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology accreditation.

The second year concentrates on subspecialty training in all aspects of epileptology at a comprehensive multidisciplinary epilepsy center. Candidates should have a focus on an academic career with an interest in experimental therapeutics of antiepileptic treatments or in outcome studies. A prerequisite for this year is prior training in either the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship or the EEG/EP fellowship (or equivalent).

Major Clinical and Investigative Interests for EEG and EP:                           

  • Outpatient and Inpatient EEGs
  • Neonatal and Pediatric EEGs
  • Short-term and Long-term EEG monitoring (ambulatory and inpatient)
  • On-line neurophysiological monitoring (PET scan and tilt table)
  • Surgical Neurointraoperative Monitoring
  • Electrocorticography and Brain Mapping (intraoperative and implanted electrodes)  
  • Intensive Care EEG monitoring
  • Special procedure EEGs                                         
  • Evoked Potentials--outpatient and intraoperative monitoring
  • Outpatient Epilepsy Clinic
  • EMG/NCV (Neuromuscular Center)
  • Sleep studies (Accredited Sleep Center)

Major Clinical and Investigative Interests for Clinical and Experimental Aspects:

  • Diagnosis and management of intractable seizure disorders
  • Electroencephalography and Long-term, video-EEG Monitoring
  • Neuroimaging in epilepsy
  • Surgical treatment of epilepsy
  • Psychosocial team approach to seizure disorders and non-electrical events
  • Outcome research in epilepsy and psychogenic non-epileptic attacks
  • Molecular biological basis of epilepsy
  • Experimental therapeutics of epilepsy
  • Family research in epilepsy

1-2 fellows/year

Contact Person: Lynn Liu, M.D.
Phone: 585-275-9403
Fax: 585-442-4329
Email: lynn_liu@urmc.rochester.edu