Epilepsy Program

Our Epilepsy Team

ADULT EPILEPSY

Robert Fisher, MD, PhD
Maslah Saul, MD, Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Director, Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Robert Fisher, MD, PhDDr. Fisher received his MD and PhD degrees from Stanford, followed by training at Johns Hopkins, where he remained as faculty. Before returning to Stanford in 2000, he served as Chair of Neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. He serves a leading role in testing devices that can detect or treat seizures, including deep brain stimulation, focal drug infusion, seizure notification accelerometers and biosensors. Dr. Fisher also collaborates with laboratory researchers who are studying mechanisms of epilepsy. For 16 consecutive years, he has been named in Best Doctors of America. Dr. Fisher is a past-president of the American Epilepsy Society, prior Editor-in-Chief of the world's main epilepsy journal, Epilepsia, and past Editor of epilepsy.com, the most visited website about epilepsy. Additionally, he has published numerous articles and books about epilepsy.

Kimford J. Meador, MD
Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences 
Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Josef Parvizi, MD, PhDDr. Meador received his MD degree from the Medical College of Georgia. After holding an internship at the University of Virginia and service as an officer in the Public Health Corps, he completed a residency in Neurology at the Medical College of Georgia and a fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at the University of Florida. Dr. Meador is currently the Multi-PI on two multicenter investigations, one on pregnancy outcomes in women with epilepsy including neurodevelopmental effects of fetal antiepileptic drug exposure, and one on the cognitive effects of antiepileptic drugs in children with focal epilepsy. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and served on the editorial boards of numerous journals.

 

Martha Morrell, MD, PhD
Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Martha Morrell, MD, PhDDr. Morrell has focused her career on treating patients with epilepsy, including women with health issues due to epilepsy. She attended Stanford Medical School, then completed a neurology residency and an EEG and epilepsy fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. After founding the Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, she moved to Columbia University, serving as the Caitlin Tynan Doyle Professor of Epilepsy, and Director of the Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Dr. Morrell returned to Stanford in 2004 and sees patients in the Epilepsy Clinic. She is currently the Chief Medical Officer for NeuroPace, a company focused on brain stimulation for epilepsy.

 

Josef Parvizi, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Director, Stanford Program for Intractable Epilepsy

Josef Parvizi, MD, PhDDr. Parvizi received his clinical training at Mayo Clinic-Rochester, BIDMC-Harvard University and UCLA. His major interest is seizure propagation and treating patients with drug-resistant epilepsies. His special expertise is in detecting the epileptic source in patients with uncontrolled seizures and mapping the brain circuitries that underlie development and spread of seizures. During epilepsy surgery evaluations, Dr. Parvizi performs functional brain mapping. He is also the Director of the Stanford Human Intracranial Cognitive Electrophysiology Program (SHICEP), and involved in multidisciplinary, collaborative research projects with several Stanford principal investigators to understand how different parts of the human brain work and how their function may be broken during seizures.

 

Kevin Graber, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Director, Outpatient Epilepsy Clinic

Kevin Graber, MD, PhDDr. Kevin Graber received his MD degree from Indiana University in 1992 and completed his training in Neurology & Neurological Sciences at Stanford Medical Center. He has served on several national committees, including the American Epilepsy Society, CURE and the Epilepsy Foundation, and earned prestigious research awards. As a Clinician Educator, Dr. Graber provides clinical care to patients with epilepsy, and teaches fellows, residents and medical students. Dr. Graber's research is focused on discovering how brain injuries, such as trauma, lead to epilepsy. 

 

 

Scheherazade Le, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Scheherazade Le, MDDr. Le received her MD degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Neurology at Stanford, serving as Chief Resident in Neurology. Dr. Le continued her training as a Neurophysiology Fellow at Stanford in both Epilepsy/Electroencephalography (EEG) and Intra-operative Neuromonitoring (IONM). As a Clinician Educator, she is particularly interested in patient education, trainee medical education, clinical research and tuberous sclerosis.

 

 

David Chen, MD 
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

David Chen, MDDr. Chen attended medical school at New York University School of Medicine, where he remained to complete his internship in internal medicine. Finishing his residency in Neurology at Stanford University in 1998, he continued his training as a fellow in epilepsy. Dr. Chen currently is on staff at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose as an attending physician, and has started a subspecialty epilepsy clinic. He continues to maintain close ties with Stanford for collaboration in presurgical evaluation of his epilepsy patients at Valley Medical Center.

 

 

Mimi Callanan, MSN, RN
Epilepsy Clinical Nurse Specialist

Mimi Callanan, RN, MSNMs. Callanan has many years experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Epilepsy. She has been in this role at Stanford since the Center opened in 1990. Ms. Callanan received her undergraduate degree at St Louis University and her graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a past member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, as well as a past President of the Epilepsy Society of San Francisco. She was also on the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California. Ms. Callanan is author of several publications pertaining to educating patients and families about epilepsy, and the impact of epilepsy on life.

 

Bonnie Pamiroyan, MSN, RN, CFNP
Nurse Practitioner

Bonnie Pamiroyan, RN, MSN, CFNPAfter graduating from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Ms. Pamiroyan began her nursing career in 1982. Working in a variety of health care settings prior, she joined the Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in 1994 to coordinate the clinical drug trials offered by the Center. Completing her Master of Science in Nursing in 2001, her scope of practice has expanded, and she now enjoys providing extended patient care services as a Family Nurse Practitioner to patients with epilepsy.

 

 

PEDIATRIC EPILEPSY

Jin Hahn, MD
Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences and Pediatrics

Jin Hahn, MDDr. Hahn is a Child Neurologist who studies brain development, epilepsy and conditions such as dysplasia and holoprosencephaly, in which the two overlap. Dr. Hahn received his MD from Harvard in 1982. After residency training in pediatrics and child neurology at Harvard in 1987, he came to Stanford to do a neurophysiology fellowship. After a brief faculty position at UCSD, he returned to Stanford In 1991 to become the Chief of Neurology Service at Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. His research interests are in the areas of neonatal seizures and electoencephalography, neonatal neurology, hypoxic ischemic brain injury and seizure disorders in the first year of life.

 

Donald Olson, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences and Pediatrics

Donald Olson, MDDr. Olson earned his MD from the Univ of Oregon Health Science Center. He received his pediatric training at Univ of Washington and completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric epilepsy at Univ of California, Los Angeles. Before joining our team, He was the Director of the Epilepsy Program and Neurodiagnostic Lab at the Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Olson’s expertise is in the treatment of pediatric patients with epilepsy including ketogenic diet and surgery. He serves on the Professional Advisory Board of Directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California. He is the Clinical Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. His research interests are in the areas of epilepsy and language disorders, electoencephalography, and seizure disorders in children.

Brenda Porter, MD
Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences and Pediatrics

Brenda Porter, MDDr. Porter has 15 years of experience in taking care of children with epilepsy. Taking care of children with epilepsy and trying to provide them with the best opportunity for seizure freedom, social and emotional well-being is the goal of her practice.  She has expertise in medical, surgical and dietary therapy for intractable epilepsy.  She directs the Stanford Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic. Her research has focused on improving outcomes in epilepsy surgery and designing therapies for the prevention of epilepsy in at risk patients.  Dr. Porter sees patients at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.

 

Christopher Lee-Messer, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences and Pediatrics

Christopher Lee-Messer, MD, PhD Dr. Lee-Messer’s chief clinical focus is in pediatric epilepsy, especially the relationship between stroke and epilepsy. His translational and basic science interests lie in neuronal development and physiology, and in using that knowledge to create treatments for disease, especially in the injured developing brain. To investigate these subjects, he is currently participating as a fellow in the Deisseroth lab, combining techniques of in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology with optogenetics.

 

 

Courtney Wusthoff, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences and Pediatrics

Courtney Wusthoff, MDDr. Courtney Wusthoff is the Neurology Director for the Neuro Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She received her BA in neuroscience and behavior at Columbia University in New York, and her MD at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Wusthoff completed her pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital Oakland, and her neurology and neurophysiology training at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. After her fellowship, Dr. Wusthoff served as Consultant in Perinatal Neurology at the Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College in London. Her special expertise is in neonatal EEG, neonatal seizures, and complications of newborn brain injury. She also has a major interest in brain monitoring in critically ill infants and children. 

Maureen Sheehan, RN, MS, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner

Mimi Callanan, RN, MSNMs. Sheehan joined the Pediatric Epilepsy Program as its Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 1997. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master of Science in Nursing from UCSF. She is an assistant clinical professor (voluntary) at UCSF in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing. Ms. Sheehan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Child Neurology Nurses and a member of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She lectures locally and around the country on child neurology, with a special focus on schools and students with neurological conditions and treatment of children with the ketogenic diet.

 

EPILEPSY SURGERY

Lawrence Shuer, MD
Professor, Neurosurgery
Clinic Chief and Vice Chair of Quality, Neurosurgery

Lawrence Shuer, MDDr. Shuer performs surgical procedures on patients with uncontrolled seizures. He joined the faculty in 1984, training in surgery, neurosurgery and neuropathology at Stanford. Dr. Shuer has been a member of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Team at Stanford since 1992. His interests in neurosurgery include managing craniofacial anomalies, degenerative spine disorders, syringomyelia, surgical treatment of epilepsy and hypothermic brain protection. He served as a consultant for Neuropace, as it developed the responsive brain stimulator for medically refractory epilepsy. Dr. Shuer is past president of the California Association of Neurological Surgeons, past president of the Western Neurosurgical Society and chair of the California Medical Association Scientific Advisory Panel on Neurosurgery.

Michael S. B. Edwards, MD
Professor, Neurosurgery and Pediatrics

Michael S.B. Edwards, MDBefore joining our team, Dr. Edwards served as the Director of the Sutter Neuroscience Institute in Sacramento and Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery at University of California, Davis. He has also served as the Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF. Dr. Edwards brings his expertise in research, teaching and treating pediatric neurological diseases to bear in his new role as Director of Regional Pediatric Neurosurgery, a program intended to broaden relationships with referring physicians and enhance both research and teaching related to Pediatric Neurosurgery at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. He has had a long term commitment to the treatment of patients with seizures disorders especially in infants, children and adolescents.

Jaimie Henderson, MD
Professor, Neurosurgery

Jaimie Henderson, MDDr. Henderson is the director of the Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Program, and has a special interest in movement disorders and epilepsy. In 1988, he received his MD degree from Chicago's Rush Medical College. After completing his residency in Neurosurgery at Saint Louis University and fellowship training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, he started the Movement Disorders Surgery Program at St. Louis University, remaining on the faculty for 6 years. He joined the Neurosurgery staff at the Cleveland Clinic in 2001, and Stanford's Neurosurgery Department in 2004. Dr. Henderson is an expert in invasive monitoring for surgical evaluation of patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.

 

Gerald Grant, MD
Associate Professor, Neurosurgery

Gerald Grant, MDDr. Grant received his MD degree from Stanford University in 1994 and trained as a neurosurgery resident at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Seattle Children's Hospital, followed by entering active duty with the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Grant became Director of Surgical Epilepsy at Wilford Hall Medical Center and UT San Antonio. After his deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dr. Grant moved back to his alma mater at Duke University in 2006. He remained there on the faculty for 7 years as Director of Pediatric Surgical Epilepsy. Dr. Grant was recruited back to Stanford in 2013. He is committed to treating children with intractable epilepsy and is an expert in state-of-the-art brain mapping techniques and awake language mapping in epilepsy patients.

 

Candice Osuga Lin, MSN, APRN, BC, ACNP
Nurse Practitioner

Candice Osuga Lin, MSN, APRN, BC, ACNPMs. Lin earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Davis, and her master’s degree in nursing at Vanderbilt University. She has been working closely with the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program for more than a decade, assisting in the pre and postoperative care of patients with epilepsy.

Candice is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  She plays an active role in coordinating care and complex patient management of acute and chronic neurosurgical patients.   

 

NEURORADIOLOGY

Michael Zeineh, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroradiology

Michael Zeineh, MD, PhDDr. Michael Zeineh’s background is in Neurosciences and Medicine from California Technological Institute and UCLA, with residency training in Diagnostic Radiology and subspeciality training in Neuroradiology from Stanford Medical Center. He has extensive experience studying the hippocampus with MRI and is an expert in advanced quantitative neuroimaging in epilepsy and leads the state-of-the art brain imaging of epilepsy patients with the 7 Tesla MR scanner.

 

 

 

NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Gayle K Deutsch, PhD
Staff Neuropsychologist and Associate Professor 
Clinical and Research Neuropsychologist

Gayle K Deutch, PhDDr. Deutsch has special expertise in evaluation of brain function in people with epilepsy. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Drexel University and completed a pre-doctoral internship the University of Pennsylvania and a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Deutsch was the Staff Neuropsychologist at the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute and Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Seton Hall University, Graduate School of Medical Education. Her research interests are the neural basis of dyslexia and learning disorders and cognitive disorders in epilepsy.

 

NEUROPSYCHIATRY

John Barry, MD
Professor, Psychiatry

John Barry, MDDr. Barry is the Director of the Neuropsychiatry and Psychotherapy Clinics and has a special interest in psychiatric problems of people with epilepsy. He has done studies of depression and psychosis in association with epilepsy, and the psychiatric mimics of seizures, called psychogenic non-epileptic seizure-like events, also known as psychogenic seizures or pseudoseizures. In patients admitted for video-EEG evaluation, he leads the efforts in making the diagnosis of psychogenic disorders and treating the patients disabled by this condition.

 

 

Kim Bullock, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Kim Bullock, MDDr. Bullock is certified in the subspecialty of Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry. She runs an outpatient Neuro-Behavior Clinic and Laboratory with special emphasis on non-pharmacological interventions and evidenced-based psychotherapies for problems, such as psychogenic seizures. Dr. Bullock's focus is cognitive behavior group therapy and she trains residents, psychology students and therapists in these methods. She currently is investigating the use of group dialectical behavior for non-epileptic seizures.

 

 

BASIC SCIENCE RESEARCHERS

Paul Buckmaster, PhD
Professor, Comparative Medicine and Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Paul Buckmaster, PhDDr. Buckmaster is one of the world’s leading scientists working on the anatomy and electrophysiology of temporal lobe epilepsy in animals to discover how brains become epileptic and how spontaneous seizures begin. Dr. Buckmaster's laboratory specializes in studies of the pathophysiological mechanisms of temporal lobe epilepsy and the neuronal circuitry of temporal lobe structures in normal and epileptic brains.

 

 

 

John Huguenard, PhD
Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

John Huguenard, PhD Dr. Huguenard is director of the Stanford Neuroscience Graduate Program, training PhD students involved in the study of the brain. He is also one of the world's leading scientists working on the relationship between the pacemaker region of the brain (thalamus) and the cerebral cortex, and how dysfunction of this interaction can lead to seizures. Dr. Huguenard's laboratory specializes in studying neuronal mechanisms underlying synchronous oscillatory activity in the thalamus and cortex, and their interconnection and genes whose products, mainly ion channels, play key roles in the regulation of thalamocortical network responses.

 

David A. Prince, MD
Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

John Huguenard, PhD Dr. Prince is one of the world’s leading scientists working on the cellular mechanisms of epilepsy. Dr. Prince has trained dozens of the next generation leading epilepsy researchers in the world, and he and his research associates have made major advances in the understanding of the physiology of epilepsy. He has received numerous research awards, including an NIH Javitz Award, the American Epilepsy Society award for excellence in research and epilepsy leadership, and he is a past president of the American Epilepsy Society. Dr. Prince's laboratory specializes in studies of neuronal excitability and its regulation in the mammalian brains, and mechanisms underlying development and prophylaxis of epilepsy in animal models.

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