James Burchfiel, Ph.D.

James Burchfiel, Ph.D.

Contact Information

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

Administrative: (585) 275-9403
Fax: (585) 442-4329

Professional Bio

James L. Burchfiel, Ph.D. is Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester, New York. Director of the Strong Epilepsy Center 2000-2006 and Co-Director 1989-2000. His clinical interest is in the neurophysiology of epilepsy and other neurological disorders. His research interest is in the development of epilepsy in neonatal animal models.

Dr. Burchfiel received both his undergraduate (with honors) and graduate education at Stanford University. After serving for 2 years as a Captain in the US Army, working in the research laboratories of Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland, he joined the faculty of the Seizure Unit, Department of Neurology, Children's Hospital, Boston and the Harvard Medical School. There, he completed fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology and served as an attending clinical neurophysiologist. In addition, he conducted independent NIH-sponsored basic research in epilepsy.

In 1989, Dr. Burchfiel, with his long-time colleague Dr. Giuseppe Erba, moved to the University of Rochester to found the Strong Epilepsy Center. Dr. Burchfiel served as Co-Director with Dr. Erba until 2000 and was Director from 2000 to 2006.

Dr. Burchfiel has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and reviews and continues to have an active interest in both basic and clinical research in epilepsy. Most recently, he has been working with basic researchers in the Department of Developmental Epileptology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

He is an active member of the Eastern Association of Electroencephalographers, the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society and the American Epilepsy Society and has held offices and served on committees and boards for these organizations. In addition, he is a past member of an NIH grant review study section.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Practice of Clinical Neurophysiology Committee | American Clinical Neurophysiology Society 1996 - Present
Investigators' Workshop Committee | American Epilespy Society 1994 - 1997
Medical Instrumentation Committee | American Electroencephalographic Society 1993 - 1995
Consultant, NINDS Neurological Disorders Program Project Review A Committee, | NIH 1991 - Present
Childhood Epilepsy Committee | American Epilepsy Society 1990 - 1992
Chair, Long-Range Planning Committee | Eastern Association of Electroencephalographers 1990 - 1993
President, Eastern Association of Electroencephalographers 1988 - 1989
President-Elect, Eastern Association of Electroencephalographers 1986 - 1987
Chartered Member, Neurology A Study Section | Division of Research Grants, NIH 1986 - 1990
Program Committee | American Epilepsy Society 1985 - 1986
Program Committee, Eastern Association of Electroencephalographers 1985 - 1990
Special Reviewer, Neurological Sciences Study Section | Division of Research Grants, NIH 1983
Special Research Program Review Committee | Department of Defense, Medical Research Laboratory, | Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD 1983
Secretary/Treasurer | Eastern Association of Electroencephalographers 1983 - 1986
Committee on Technical Matters, Long-term Monitoring | American Electroencephalographic Society 1983 - 1990
Member, Site Visit Committee | Neurology A Study Section Division of Research Grants, NIH 1982
Junior to Senior Councilor | Eastern Association of Electroencephalographers 1982 - 1983
Member, Special Site Visit Study Section | Division of Research Grants, NIH 1981
Member, Special Study Section | Division of Research Grants, NIH 1981
Member, Special Study Section | Division of Research Grants, NIH 1980
Special Reviewer, Neurological Sciences Study Section | Division of Research Grants, NIH 1979

Recent Journal Articles

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2016 Apr
Seltzer L, Swartz MF, Kwon J, Burchfiel J, Cholette JM, Wang H, Sweeney D, Adams HR, Meagher C, Angona R, Guillet R, Alfieris GM. "Neurodevelopmental outcomes after neonatal cardiac surgery: Role of cortical isoelectric activity." The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 2016 Apr; 151(4):1137-42. Epub 2015 Oct 27.
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 Mar
Tsenov G, Vondraková K, Otáhal J, Burchfiel J, Kubová H. "Activation of either the ETA or the ETB receptors is involved in the development of electrographic seizures following intrahippocampal infusion of the endothelin-1 in immature rats." Experimental neurology. 2015 Mar; 265:40-7. Epub 0/24/2014.
2014 Apr
Seltzer LE, Swartz M, Kwon JM, Burchfiel J, Alfieris GM, Guillet R. "Intraoperative electroencephalography predicts postoperative seizures in infants with congenital heart disease." Pediatric neurology. 2014 Apr; 50(4):313-7. Epub 0/19/2013.
2002 Jan
Illig KA, Sternbach Y, Zhang R, Burchfiel J, Shortell CK, Rhodes JM, Davies MG, Lyden SP, Green RM. "EEG changes during awake carotid endarterectomy." Annals of vascular surgery. 2002 Jan; 16(1):6-11. Epub 2002 Jan 16.

Current Appointments

Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Neurology, Epilepsy (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Pharmacology | Stanford University1969
BS | Chemistry | Stanford University1963