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A. James Fessler, M.D.

Neurology

Clinical Interests

Epilepsy

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-9403

Appointment: (585) 341-7500

Fax: (585) 756-2311

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Biography

Professional Background

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.

Research

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.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Specialties

  • Clinical Neurophysiology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Epilepsy - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Sleep Medicine - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Education

1991
BA | Johns Hopkins University
Behavioral Biology

1995
MD | Vanderbilt Univ Sch Medicine
Medicine

1996
Internship | Duke University
Internal Medicine

1999
Residency | Duke University School of Medicine
Neurology

2001
Fellowship | Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic
Clinical Neurophysiology (Electroencephalography and Epilepsy

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

6/26/99 - 6/29/2001
Fellowship in Neurology: Clinical Neurophysiology at Mayo Clinic (Rochester)

7/1/95 - 6/30/96
Internship in Internal Medicine at Duke University Hospital

7/1/96 - 6/30/99
Residency in Neurology at Duke University Hospital

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Awards

2007 - 2008
Strong Stars for commitment to service excellence

2000
American Clinical Neurophysiology Society – Travel Award

1998
National Epifellows Foundation – Sixth Annual Scientific Forum

1998
Associated Professional Sleep Societies – Travel Award

1997
Selection for Merritt-Putnam Epilepsy Update

1991
Graduation with Departmental Honors (Behavioral Biology)

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Publications

Journal Articles

6/2011
Rathke KM, Schäuble B, Fessler AJ, So EL. "Reliability of seizure semiology in patients with 2 seizure foci." Archives of neurology.. 2011 Jun 0; 68(6):775-8.

2011
Rathke KM; Schauble B; Fessler AJ; So EL. "Reliability of seizure semiology in patients with 2 seizure foci". Arch Neurol. 2011; 68(6): 775-8.

10/19/2010
Johnson N, Henry C, Fessler AJ, Dalmau J. "Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis causing prolonged nonconvulsive status epilepticus." Neurology.. 2010 Oct 19; 75(16):1480-2. Epub 2010 Sep 08.

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