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Albert James Fessler III, M.D.

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Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 341-7500

Administrative: (585) 275-9403

Fax: (585) 756-2311

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Neurology

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

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

1995
MD | Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

6/26/99 - 6/29/2001
Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine-Mayo Foundation

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

7/20/2020
Nair DR, Laxer KD, Weber PB, Murro AM, Park YD, Barkley GL, Smith BJ, Gwinn RP, Doherty MJ, Noe KH, Zimmerman RS, Bergey GK, Anderson WS, Heck C, Liu CY, Lee RW, Sadler T, Duckrow RB, Hirsch LJ, Wharen RE, Tatum W, Srinivasan S, McKhann GM, Agostini MA, Alexopoulos AV, Jobst BC, Roberts DW, Salanova V, Witt TC, Cash SS, Cole AJ, Worrell GA, Lundstrom BN, Edwards JC, Halford JJ, Spencer DC, Ernst L, Skidmore CT, Sperling MR, Miller I, Geller EB, Berg MJ, Fessler AJ, Rutecki P, Goldman AM, Mizrahi EM, Gross RE, Shields DC, Schwartz TH, Labar DR, Fountain NB, Elias WJ, Olejniczak PW, Villemarette-Pittman NR, Eisenschenk S, Roper SN, Boggs JG, Courtney TA, Sun FT, Seale CG, Miller KL, Skarpaas TL, Morrell MJ. "Nine-year prospective efficacy and safety of brain-responsive neurostimulation for focal epilepsy." Neurology.. 2020 Jul 20; Epub 2020 Jul 20.

11/2017
Selioutski O, Grzesik K, Vasilyeva ON, Hilmarsson Á, Fessler AJ, Liu L, Gross RA. "Evaluation of phenytoin serum levels following a loading dose in the acute hospital setting." Seizure.. 2017 Nov 0; 52:199-204. Epub 2017 Oct 16.

6/2017
Jobst BC, Kapur R, Barkley GL, Bazil CW, Berg MJ, Bergey GK, Boggs JG, Cash SS, Cole AJ, Duchowny MS, Duckrow RB, Edwards JC, Eisenschenk S, Fessler AJ, Fountain NB, Geller EB, Goldman AM, Goodman RR, Gross RE, Gwinn RP, Heck C, Herekar AA, Hirsch LJ, King-Stephens D, Labar DR, Marsh WR, Meador KJ, Miller I, Mizrahi EM, Murro AM, Nair DR, Noe KH, Olejniczak PW, Park YD, Rutecki P, Salanova V, Sheth RD, Skidmore C, Smith MC, Spencer DC, Srinivasan S, Tatum W, Van Ness P, Vossler DG, Wharen RE, Worrell GA, Yoshor D, Zimmerman RS, Skarpaas TL, Morrell MJ. "Brain-responsive neurostimulation in patients with medically intractable seizures arising from eloquent and other neocortical areas." Epilepsia.. 2017 Jun 0; 58(6):1005-1014. Epub 2017 Apr 07.

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