Giuseppe Erba, M.D.

Giuseppe Erba, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 673
Rochester, NY 14642

Fax: (585) 756-2311
Administrative: (585) 275-9403

Professional Bio

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.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Professional Advistory Board | Epilepsy Foundation of America 1997 - 2005
Honorary Member | European Society of Pediatric Neurology 1988
Examiner | Americam Board of Clinical Neurophysiology 1985
Fellow | Americam Electrophysiological Society 1970 - Present
Medical Degree "Cum Laude" | University of Pavia/Medical School, Italy 1960
Best Graduation Thesis in the field of Neurology (EEG) | University of Pavia/Medical School, Italy 1960
Baccalaureate Degree with High Distinction | Liceo Classico "Daniele Manin" - Cremona, Italy 1954

Recent Journal Articles

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2016 May
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; 57(5):777-85. Epub 2016 Mar 07.
2016 Feb
Giussani G, Canelli V, Bianchi E, Franchi C, Nobili A, Erba G, Beghi E, . "A population-based study of active and drug-resistant epilepsies in Northern Italy." Epilepsy & behavior : E&B. 2016 Feb; 55:30-7. Epub 2015 Dec 28.
2015 Aug
Selioutski O, Seltzer LE, Burchfiel J, Paciorkowski AR, Erba G. "Characteristic Features of the Interictal EEG Background in 2 Patients With Malignant Migrating Partial Epilepsy in Infancy." Journal of clinical neurophysiology : official publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society. 2015 Aug; 32(4):e23-9.
2015 Jan
Cianchetti C, Messina P, Pupillo E, Crichiutti G, Baglietto MG, Veggiotti P, Zamponi N, Casellato S, Margari L, Erba G, Beghi E, . "The perceived burden of epilepsy: Impact on the quality of life of children and adolescents and their families." Seizure : the journal of the British Epilepsy Association. 2015 Jan; 24:93-101. Epub 2014 Sep 16.
2013 Oct
Erba G, Messina P, Pupillo E, Beghi E, . "Acceptance of epilepsy surgery in the pediatric age - what the parents think and what the doctors can do." Epilepsy & behavior : E&B. 2013 Oct; 29(1):112-20. Epub 2013 Aug 10.

Current Appointments

Professor Emeritus - Department of Neurology (SMD) - Primary


Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


MD | Medicine | University of Pavia Medical School1960
BA (Baccalaureate) | Liceo Classico "Daniele Manin"1954

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Internship at Montreal General Hospital01/01/1970 - 06/30/1970
Residency in Neurology at Montreal Neurological Institute07/01/1967 - 12/31/1969
Fellowship in Neurophysiology at Harvard Medical School Children s Hospital07/01/1963 - 06/30/1967
Residency in Pediatrics at Policlinico Umberto I11/01/1961 - 06/30/1963
Internship in Pediatrics at Policlinico San Matteo Hospital11/01/1960 - 10/31/1961