A. James Fessler, M.D.

A. James Fessler, M.D.

Contact Information

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

Appointment: (585) 341-7500

  • Admits to Strong Memorial Hospital Admits to Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Admits to Highland Hospital Admits to Highland Hospital

Professional Bio

A. James Fessler, MD, is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Chief of the Division of Epilepsy at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. His clinical interests are in both epilepsy and intraoperative neurophysiology.

Dr. Fessler completed undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He completed his Neurology residency at Duke University Medical Center and his fellowship training in Clinical Neurophysiology with a focus in Epilepsy and EEG at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He was on faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis before joining the faculty of the University of Rochester in 2004.

He is board certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy Monitoring and Sleep Medicine. He is an active member of many professional organizations including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Epilepsy Society, and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. Prior to becoming Chief of the Division of Epilepsy, Dr. Fessler was Director for Clinical Research at the Strong Epilepsy Center. He has been active as Principal Investigator in multiple clinical trials, and his current research interests include psychiatric aspects of epilepsy and the surgical treatment of partial seizures.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Strong Stars for commitment to service excellence 2007 - 2008
American Clinical Neurophysiology Society – Travel Award 2000
National Epifellows Foundation – Sixth Annual Scientific Forum 1998
Associated Professional Sleep Societies – Travel Award 1998
Selection for Merritt-Putnam Epilepsy Update 1997
Graduation with Departmental Honors (Behavioral Biology) 1991

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Neurology, Epilepsy (SMD) - Primary


Clinical Neurophysiology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


Fellowship | Clinical Neurophysiology (Electroencephalography and Epilepsy | Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic2001
Residency | Neurology | Duke University School of Medicine1999
Internship | Internal Medicine | Duke University1996
MD | Medicine | Vanderbilt Univ Sch Medicine1995
BA | Behavioral Biology | Johns Hopkins University1991

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Mayo Clinic (Rochester)06/26/1999 - 6/29/2001
Residency in Neurology at Duke University Hospital07/01/1996 - 6/30/99
Internship in Internal Medicine at Duke University Hospital07/01/1995 - 6/30/96