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Giuseppe Erba, M.D.


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Appointment: (585) 341-7500

Administrative: (585) 275-9403

Fax: (585) 756-2311

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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.



  • Neurology - General - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


BA (Baccalaureate) | Liceo Classico "Daniele Manin"

MD | University of Pavia Medical School

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

01/01/1970 - 06/30/1970
Internship in at Montreal General Hospital

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

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

11/01/1961 - 06/30/1963
Residency in Pediatrics at Policlinico Umberto I

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

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

Honorary Member
Sponsor: European Society of Pediatric Neurology

Sponsor: Americam Board of Clinical Neurophysiology

1970 - Present
Sponsor: Americam 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, Giussani G, Langfitt J, Juersivich A, Beghi E. "Patients' and caregivers' contributions for differentiating epileptic from psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. Value and limitations of self-reporting questionnaires: A pilot study." Seizure.. 2017 Dec 0; 53:66-71. Epub 2017 Nov 08.

Beghi M, Erba G, Cornaggia CM, Giussani G, Bianchi E, Porro G, Russo M, Beghi E. "Engaging psychiatrists in the diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. What can they contribute?" Seizure.. 2017 Nov 0; 52:182-187. Epub 2017 Oct 16.

Erba G, Giussani G, Juersivich A, Magaudda A, Chiesa V, Laganà A, Di Rosa G, Bianchi E, Langfitt J, Beghi E. "The semiology of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures revisited: Can video alone predict the diagnosis? Preliminary data from a prospective feasibility study." Epilepsia.. 2016 May 0; 57(5):777-85. Epub 2016 Mar 07.

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 Press1991 in Austin, TX

Chapter Title: Brain Tumors in the Young
Book Title: Echoencephalography
Author List: Erba G.
Edited By: Amador L.
Published By: Charles C. Thomas1983 in Springfield, Illinois