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James Albert Fessler

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionSchool of Medicine and Dentistry
AddressUniversity of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 673
Rochester NY 14642
 Awards And Honors
1998     Associated Professional Sleep Societies – Travel Award
2007 - 2008Strong Stars for commitment to service excellence
2000     American Clinical Neurophysiology Society – Travel Award
1997     Selection for Merritt-Putnam Epilepsy Update
1998     National Epifellows Foundation – Sixth Annual Scientific Forum
1991     Graduation with Departmental Honors (Behavioral Biology)
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.

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  1. Rathke KM, Schäuble B, Fessler AJ, So EL. Reliability of seizure semiology in patients with 2 seizure foci. Arch Neurol. 2011 Jun; 68(6):775-8.
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  2. 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.
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  3. Fessler AJ, Treiman DM. Epilepsy and aggression: proceed with caution. Neurology. 2009 Nov 24; 73(21):1720-1.
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  4. Siegel AM, Cascino GD, Fessler AJ, So EL, Meyer FB. Psychiatric co-morbidity in 75 patients undergoing epilepsy surgery: lack of correlation with pathological findings. Epilepsy Res. 2008 Aug; 80(2-3):158-62.
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  5. Wetjen NM, Cascino GD, Fessler AJ, So EL, Buchhalter JR, Mullan BP, O'Brien TJ, Meyer FB, Marsh WR. Subtraction ictal single-photon emission computed tomography coregistered to magnetic resonance imaging in evaluating the need for repeated epilepsy surgery. J Neurosurg. 2006 Jul; 105(1):71-6.
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  6. Meador KJ, Loring DW, Vahle VJ, Ray PG, Werz MA, Fessler AJ, Ogrocki P, Schoenberg MR, Miller JM, Kustra RP. Cognitive and behavioral effects of lamotrigine and topiramate in healthy volunteers. Neurology. 2005 Jun 28; 64(12):2108-14.
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  7. Eisenman LN, Attarian H, Fessler AJ, Vahle VJ, Gilliam F. Self-reported seizure frequency and time to first event in the seizure monitoring unit. Epilepsia. 2005 May; 46(5):664-8.
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  8. Erbayat Altay E, Fessler AJ, Gallagher M, Attarian HP, Dehdashti F, Vahle VJ, Ojemann J, Dowling JL, Gilliam FG. Correlation of severity of FDG-PET hypometabolism and interictal regional delta slowing in temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2005 Apr; 46(4):573-6.
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  9. Gilliam FG, Fessler AJ, Baker G, Vahle V, Carter J, Attarian H. Systematic screening allows reduction of adverse antiepileptic drug effects: a randomized trial. Neurology. 2004 Jan 13; 62(1):23-7.
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  10. Gallagher MJ, Eisenman LN, Brown KM, Erbayat-Altay E, Hecimovic H, Fessler AJ, Attarian HP, Gilliam FG. Levetiracetam reduces spike-wave density and duration during continuous EEG monitoring in patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2004 Jan; 45(1):90-1.
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  11. Wass CT, Grady RE, Fessler AJ, Cascino GD, Lozada L, Bechtle PS, Marsh WR, Sharbrough FW, Schroeder DR. The effects of remifentanil on epileptiform discharges during intraoperative electrocorticography in patients undergoing epilepsy surgery. Epilepsia. 2001 Oct; 42(10):1340-4.
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  12. Fessler AJ, Alberts MJ. Stroke treatment with tissue plasminogen activator in the setting of aortic dissection. Neurology. 2000 Feb 22; 54(4):1010.
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