Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Program Team
Robert Fisher, MD, PhD
Maslah Saul MD Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Director of Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
Dr. Fisher received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford, and trained at Johns Hopkins where he remained as faculty. He served time as Chair of Neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, before returning to Stanford in 2000. He has had a leading role in the testing of devices that can detect or treat seizures, including deep brain stimulation, focal drug infusion, seizure notification accelerometers and biosensor. He also collaborates with laboratory researchers studying mechanisms of epilepsy. He has been named in Best Doctors of America for 16 consecutive years. He 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. He has published numerous articles and books about epilepsy.
Kimford J. Meador, MD
Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Dr. Meador received his MD from the Medical College of Georgia. After 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. Dr. Meador has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals.
Martha Morrell, MD
Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Morrell has focused her career on the treatment of patients with epilepsy, including health issues for women with epilepsy. She attended Stanford Medical School, then completed her residency in Neurology and her fellowship in EEG and epilepsy at University of Pennsylvania. After founding the Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, she moved to Columbia University where she was the Caitlin Tynan Doyle Professor of Epilepsy and Director of the Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. She returned 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 of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Director of Stanford Program for Intractable Epilepsy
Dr. Parvizi’s clinical training is from Mayo Clinic- Rochester, BIDMC-Harvard University, and UCLA. His major interest is in the study of seizure propagation and treating patients with intractable epilepsy. 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. He performs functional brain mapping of the brain during epilepsy surgery evaluations. Dr. Parvizi is also the Director of the Stanford Human Intracranial Cognitive Electrophysiology Program (SHICEP), and is 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 of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Director of Outpatient Epilepsy Clinic
Dr. Kevin Graber earned his MD from Indiana University in 1992 and completed his training in Neurology & Neurological Sciences at Stanford Medical Center. Dr Graber has earned prestigious research awards and has served on several national committees including the American Epilepsy Society, CURE, and Epilepsy Foundation. 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 of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Le received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Neurology at Stanford. She served as Chief Resident in Neurology and then 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, tuberous sclerosis and clinical research.
Babak Razavi, MD, PhD
Clinical Assitant Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Razavi's clinical interests are in medically refractory epilepsies and using high density EEG (electroencephalogram) for better localization of seizure foci. His research areas include using engineering techniques for analyzing EEGs, medical devices for evaluation and treatment of epilepsy, and using seizures as a model for understanding consciousness.
Jessica Falco Walter, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Walter received her MD from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She stayed at Georgetown for her internship in Internal Medicine and then moved to New York City to complete her residency in Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She went on to pursue a Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at Rush University in Chicago, IL, training in both EEG and EMG. Due to her particular interest in Epilepsy she went on to become the first Epilepsy Fellow at Rush University. Dr. Walter provides clinical care to general neurology patients as well as patients with epilepsy and enjoys teaching residents and medical students. She also has a particular interest in dietary treatments for epilepsy and clinical research.
Fiona Baumer, MD
Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Fiona Baumer is Instructor in Neurology at Stanford University with a focus on pediatric epilepsy. Dr. Baumer received her B.A. at Stanford University and her M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She remained on the east coast to train in pediatrics and child neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital before returning to Stanford in 2015 for epilepsy training as the first Maggie Otto Fellow in Pediatric Epilepsy. She joined the neurology faculty in 2016.
Dr. Baumer’s clinical and research interests include difficult to treat pediatric epilepsies and the interaction between epilepsy and cognition. She is gaining expertise in noninvasive brain stimulation as a clinical and research tool in epilepsy. Dr. Baumer is currently participating in the KL2 Mentored Research Fellowship through which she will conduct a study using transcranial magnetic stimulation to assess cortical excitability and synaptic plasticity in benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (Rolandic Epilepsy).
Aaron Cardon, MD, MSc
Clinical Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Aaron Lynn Cardon is Clinical Instructor of Neurology at Stanford University. Dr. Cardon received his B.A. from Texas A&M University and then went on to study medicine and neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he received a combined M.D. and M.Sc. degree with concurrent completion of the Clinical Ethics Track. Dr. Cardon’s master’s thesis work focused on recording of local field potential changes in the hippocampus of freely-behaving rodents, which first sparked his interest in interpreting and quantifying neurophysiologic potentials. He continued his clinical training at Baylor College of Medicine through residency and fellowship, completing a clinical neurophysiology fellowship in 2016. He joined Child Neurology at Stanford in July 2016 to specialize in the treatment of pediatric epilepsy.
His research interests include developing biomarkers from surface EEG, intracranial EEG, and clinical data in order to predict better the outcomes of surgery for patients with medically-refractory epilepsies, along with following patients after surgery to define better the unique cognitive challenges for children with epilepsy who undergo surgery. He hopes that the treatment and experience of these patients will advance the understanding of the neurophysiologic basis of memory formation, learning dysfunction associated with epilepsies, and the neuronal circuit dysfunction underlying epileptogenesis, in turn to inform treatment and preventive strategies for epilepsy. Dr. Cardon is an active member of the American Epilepsy Society and the Child Neurology Society.
Mimi Callanan, RN, MSN
Epilepsy Clinical Nurse Specialist
Ms. 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. She 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. She is a past President of the Epilepsy Society of San Francisco and was on the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California. She is author of several publications pertaining to education of patients and families about epilepsy, and to the impact of epilepsy on life.
Bonnie Pamiroyan, RN, MSN, CFNP
Ms. Pamiroyan began her nursing career in 1982 after graduating from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After working in a variety of health care settings, she joined the Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in 1994 to coordinate the clinical drug trials provided 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.
Jin Hahn, MD
Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences and Pediatrics
Dr. 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.
Brenda Porter, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences and Pediatrics
Dr. 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 of Neurology & Neurological Sciences and Pediatrics
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 of Neurology & Neurological Sciences and Pediatrics
Dr. 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
Ms. 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.
Lawrence Shuer, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery
Associate Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery
Dr. Shuer performs surgical procedures on patients with uncontrolled seizures. Hetrained in surgery, neurosurgery and neuropathology at Stanford and joined the faculty in 1984. He has been part of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Team at Stanford since 1992. His interests in neurosurgery include the management of craniofacial anomalies, degenerative spine disorders, syringomyelia, surgical treatment of epilepsy and hypothermic brain protection. He was a consultant for Neuropace as it developed the responsive brain stimulator for medically refractory epilepsy. He is past president of the California Association of Neurological Surgeons, past president of the Western Neurosurgical Society and is chair of the California Medical Association Scientific Advisory Panel on Neurosurgery.
Casey H. Halpern, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Halpern received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Neurological Surgery and a fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He focuses on the surgical treatment of movement disorders and epilepsy and has particular interest in minimally invasive surgical approaches, as well as neurostimulation procedures.
Jaimie Henderson, MD
John and Jene Blume - Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor
Director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Dr. Henderson is the director of the program in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and has a special interest in movement disorders and epilepsy. Dr. Henderson received his M.D. from Chicago's Rush Medical College in 1988. 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 where he remained on the faculty for 6 years. He joined the Neurosurgery staff of 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 of Neurosurgery
Dr. Grant received his MD from Stanford University in 1994 and trained as a resident in neurosurgery at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Seattle Children's Hospital. He entered active duty with the US Air Force and 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. He was recruited back to Stanford in 2013. Dr. Grant is committed to the treatment of children with intractable epilepsy and is an expert at state-of-the-art brain mapping techniques and awake language mapping in epilepsy patients.
Candice Osuga Lin, MSN, APRN, BC, ACNP
Candice earned her undegraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and is a member of the American Association of Neurosciences Nursing, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau.
She has been active in the care of adult neurosurgery patients. Her interests include neuro-oncology and degenerative spine disease.
Michael Zeineh, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroradiology
Dr. Michael Zeineh’s background is in Neurosciences and Medicine from California Technological Institute and UCLA with residency training in Diagnostic Radiology and subspeciality in Neuroradiology from Stanford Medical Center. He has extensive experience studying the hippocampus with MRI and is an expert of advanced quantitative neuroimaging in epilepsy and leads the state-of-the art brain imaging of epilepsy patients with 7 Tesla MR scanner.
Gayle K Deutch, PhD
Staff Neuropsychologist and Associate Professor
Clinical and Research Neuropsychologist
Dr. 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. She 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.
John Barry, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Dr. Barry is the Director of the Neuropsychiatry and Psychotherapy Clinics has a special interest in psychiatric problems of people with epilepsy. He has done studies of depression and psychosis in association with epilepsy, and of 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 of Psychiatry
Dr. 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. Her 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 of Comparative Medicine and Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. 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 the 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 of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Dr. Huguenard is the 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 area of the brain (thalamus) and the cerebral cortex, and how dysfunction of this interaction can lead to seizures. Dr. Huguenard's laboratory specializes in the study of neuronal mechanisms underlying synchronous oscillatory activity in the thalamus, 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 of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
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 is the holder of 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 the studies of neuronal excitability and its regulation in the mammalian brains and mechanisms underlying development and prophylaxis of epilepsy in animal models.