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Giuseppe Erba, M.D.

(Pronouns: he/him/his)

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 341-7500

Administrative: (585) 275-9403

Fax: (585) 756-2311

Faculty Appointments


Professional Background

Giuseppe Erba, M. D., joined the Faculty at U of R as Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics in 1989 with the specific goal of organizing a Comprehensive Epilepsy Program that would address the needs of patients with this disorder in Western New York State, especially those who respond poorly to medications. He came from Harvard University where he had gained extensive experience in this field at the Boston Children's Hospital "Seizure Unit," under the mentorship of Cesare T Lombroso M.D. He had previously trained in Pediatrics at the University of Rome, Italy and in Neurology at Mc Gill University, Montreal, Canada.

The first five years of his tenure in Rochester were devoted to building a multidisciplinary team of dedicated professionals and staff, capable of delivering a comprehensive array of services and treatments to patients with intractable seizure disorders, from surgery to psycho-social support. The goal of the next five years was to earn national prominence
through participation to important multicenter clinical trials and striving to make Rochester a model of comprehensive care for patients with any type of seizure disorder. After reaching the age limit of his tenure as Chief of the Epilepsy Unit, Dr. Erba has continued to be fully active, providing services in the EEG Laboratory, in the in-patient and out-patient divisions of the Program. Since 2008, after spending a sabbatical period in Northern Italy, he has been conducting a research project abroad that is still in progress.

He has retired from active service in May, 2011. However, his commitment to the cause of Epilepsy continues as Professor Emeritus of Neurology through teaching and mentoring young physicians who are in training to become accomplished neurologists and epileptologists.



BA (Baccalaureate) | Liceo Classico "Daniele Manin"

MD | Italy-Fac Med U Pavia

MD | University of Pavia Medical School

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

01/01/1970 - 06/30/1970
Internship at Montreal Children's Hospital (Canada)

07/01/1967 - 12/31/1969
Residency in Neurology at Montreal Neurological Institute (Canada)

07/01/1963 - 06/30/1967
Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Harvard Medical School-Children's Hospital

11/01/1961 - 06/30/1963
Residency in Pediatrics at Policlinico Umberto (Italy)

11/01/1960 - 10/31/1961
Internship in Pediatrics at Policlinico San Matteo Hospital

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1997 - 2005
Professional Advisory Board
Sponsor: Epilepsy Foundation of America

Honorary Member
Sponsor: European Society of Pediatric Neurology

Sponsor: American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology

1970 - Present
Sponsor: American Electrophysiological Society

Medical Degree "Cum Laude"
Sponsor: University of Pavia/Medical School, Italy

Best Graduation Thesis in the field of Neurology (EEG)
Sponsor: University of Pavia/Medical School, Italy

Baccalaureate Degree with High Distinction
Sponsor: Liceo Classico "Daniele Manin" - Cremona, Italy

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Journal Articles

Erba G, Bianchi E, Pupillo E, Franceschi S, Leone M, Giussani G. "Erratum to 'In memoriam: Ettore Beghi' [Seizure Volume 104, January 2023, Page 38]." Seizure.. 2023 Jan 20; 106:7. Epub 2023 Jan 20.

Zhang L, Beghi E, Tomson T, Beghi M, Erba G, Chang Z. "Mortality in patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures a population-based cohort study." Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry.. 2022 Jan 27; Epub 2022 Jan 27.

Hanrahan B, Gross RA, Wychowski T, Erba G, Birbeck GL, Liu L. "Improved ictal assessment performance in the epilepsy monitoring unit via standardization." Epilepsy & behavior : E&B.. 2021 Jun 16; 122:108067. Epub 2021 Jun 16.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders.
Book Title: Textbook of Adolescent Medicine
Author List: Erba G, Ziegler R.
Edited By: McAnearney ER, Kreipe RE, Ozz DP, Commerci GD.
Published By: WB Saunders Co. 1992 in Philadelphia

Book Title: "Does Your Child Have Epilepsy?"
Author List: Jan J, Ziegler RG, Erba G.
Edited By: Pro-Ed
Published By: University Park Press 1991 in Austin, TX

Book Title: "Does Your Child Have Epilepsy?"
Author List: Jan J, Ziergler RG, Erba G.
Published By: University Park Press 1983 in Baltimore, MD