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Trenton J. Tollefson, M.D.

Trenton J. Tollefson, M.D.


4.9 out of 5 stars
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Epilepsy Center

601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 673
Rochester, NY 14642

Epilepsy Center

2400 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

About Me

Faculty Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Neurology, Epilepsy (SMD)


Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, Epilepsy, University of Rochester Medical Center. 2016 - 2017

Fellowship, Fellow, Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester. 2016 - 2017

Fellowship, Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Rochester Medical Center. 2015 - 2016

Fellowship, Fellow, Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester. 2015 - 2016

Residency, Neurology, University of Rochester Medical Center. 2012 - 2015

Residency, Resident, Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester. 2012 - 2015

Internship, Neurology, University of Rochester Medical Center. 2011 - 2012

Internship, Internal Medicine, Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester. 2011 - 2012


MD | University of Minnesota Medical School. 2011


Humanism in Medicine Resident Teaching Award. 2014

Developing Vision Screening Skills of Augsburg Fairview Academy (AFA) Students for Use in Underserved Minneapolis Public Schools. 2009

Dean's List. 2003 - 2006


Clinical Trials

Safety and Therapeutic Measures of Transcranial Cathodal Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS) in Patients with Refractory Focal Epilepsy

Lead Researcher: Trenton J Tollefson

The purpose of this research is to learn more about 10 daily sessions of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and see if it can help reduce the frequency of seizures (the number of seizures in a given period of time) in both adults and chil...


Journal Articles

Comment: Ghrelin and des-acyl ghrelin: Do they predict success of AED treatment?

Tollefson TJ, Berg MJ

Neurology.. 2018 July 391 (1):29. Epub 05/25/2018.

Direct Electrical Stimulation in the Human Brain Disrupts Melody Processing.

Garcea FE, Chernoff BL, Diamond B, Lewis W, Sims MH, Tomlinson SB, Teghipco A, Belkhir R, Gannon SB, Erickson S, Smith SO, Stone J, Liu L, Tollefson T, Langfitt J, Marvin E, Pilcher WH, Mahon BZ

Current biology : CB.. 2017 September 1127 (17):2684-2691.e7. Epub 08/24/2017.

Education Research: Positive effect of scheduled faculty modeling on clerkship student bedside skills exposure and learning.

Thompson Stone R, Tollefson T, Epstein R, Jozefowicz RF, Mink JW

Neurology.. 2017 June 1388 (24):e236-e239. Epub 1900 01 01.


Neurological Diseases and Pregnancy (2018)

Chapter: Pregnancy and Epilepsy

Authors: Tollefson T, Liu LC

Publisher: Oxford University Press 2018

Ratings & Comments

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During this visit, did this provider spend enough time with you?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider show respect for what you had to say?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider give you easy to understand information about these health questions or concerns?

5.0 stars

During this visit, did this provider listen carefully to you?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider explain things in a way that was easy to understand?

4.9 stars

Patient Comments

5.0 stars

Love my dr.

Feb 20, 2024

5.0 stars

Took time to listen and explain my situation including medication.

Jan 01, 2024

5.0 stars

I was at another neurologist in a different office that spent less than 5 minutes with me. Dr. Tollefson listened to me and spent ample time listening to me.

Sep 25, 2023

5.0 stars

Both Dr. Tollefson and his resident were EXCELLENT providers.

Aug 16, 2023

5.0 stars

His excellence in communicating and respecting my needs as I expressed them was above average - Excellent.

Jul 06, 2023

5.0 stars

Dr was excellent. Listened was helpful. Reviewed my record ahead of time. Was king efficient and assisted with migraines as well.

Jun 17, 2023

Video appointment went very well

Apr 24, 2023

Dr. Tollefson discussed [...] seizures, medications and plans with [...] mother who lives out of town and was on via phone as well as the RN. Dr. Tollefson also appreciated watching [...] in his home environment during Zoom video.

Apr 07, 2023

5.0 stars

He was one of the best doctor's I've ever seen. The conversation focused on risks/benefits and not personal opinion, but when asked he was willing to give it. That is how I feel medicine should be. And I never felt rushed and felt very listened to. I am extremely impressed with this doctor.

Dec 21, 2022

5.0 stars

Explained my options, and concerns.

Dec 16, 2022


The first provider I have had that takes my potential seizure triggers into consideration.

Aug 24, 2022