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Neurology - Epilepsy

Houston, Texas

The Cullen Building at Baylor College of Medicine.
Department of Neurology
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Faculty and Staff

The Baylor Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is staffed by a team of health care professionals with an interest and expertise in epilepsy and in Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neurophysiology, Neuropsychology, Neuroradiology, Neuropathology, Pediatric Neurology, Nursing and Electroneurodiagnostic Technology. In addition, consultations from Social Services, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine, Internal Medicine and its medical subspecialties, and Psychiatry are available. The Core Team Members are:

Director

Dr. Richard A. Hrachovy

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Richard A. Hrachovy, M.D.

Dr. Hrachovy is head of the Peter Kellaway Section of Neurophysiology, Department of Neurology and professor of neurology, Baylor College of Medicine. Also, he is a site director for the Veterans Hospital Administration's Southwest Epilepsy Center of Excellence and the director of the Seizure Clinic at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, and completed a residency in neurology at the same institution. He completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at BCM. He is experienced in the tertiary care of adults with epilepsy and interprets routine EEGs as well as EEG/video monitoring studies. His primary research interest is epilepsy in the developing brain. Dr. Hrachovy oversees the center's activities.

Epileptology and Neurophysiology

Dr. David K. Chen

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David K. Chen, M.D.

Dr. Chen, assistant professor of neurology, serves as director of the MEDVAMC Neurophysiology Laboratory. Dr. Chen earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., followed by a residency in neurology and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology/epilepsy at Stanford University Medical Center in California. Dr. Chen specializes in the care of patients with seizures or seizure-like events. He evaluates both routine EEG studies as well as long term video-EEG monitoring studies both at the MEDVAMC (primarily) and St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital (part-time). His research interest is toward advancing the understanding of symptomatic, secondary epilepsy, particularly in terms of diagnostic neuroimaging methods and mechanisms of epileptogenesis.

Dr. Alica M. Goldman

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Alica M. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Goldman is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology, BCM. She received her medical degree at Jessenius Medical School, Comenius University in Slovakia. Dr. Goldman completed internship in internal medicine, residency in neurology, and fellowship in neurophysiology and epilepsy at The University of Texas-Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. She joined the faculty and medical staff in July 2004. Dr. Goldman evaluates and provides clinical management for patients with epilepsy.

Dr. Ian L. Goldsmith

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Ian L. Goldsmith, M.D.

Dr. Goldsmith is an associate professor in the Department of Neurology, BCM. He is the director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at St. Luke's and is also director of the Epilepsy Clinic at BCM. He received his medical degree at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, N.Y. Dr. Goldsmith completed his internship in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y. and did his residency in neurology and fellowship in neurophysiology and epilepsy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. His clinical expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in adults and includes video EEG monitoring and evaluation for surgery. Dr. Goldsmith evaluates and provides clinical management for patients with epilepsy.

Dr. Zulfi Haneef

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Zulfi Haneef, M.D., F.R.C.P. (UK)

Dr. Haneef is an assistant professor of neurology at BCM who specializes in epilepsy after completing a neurophysiology/epilepsy fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, Calif. His expertise is in the management of treatment resistant epilepsy with special emphasis on the electrophysiological and radiological evaluation of epilepsy including video EEG monitoring. Dr. Haneef has experience in the surgical evaluation of epilepsy and assessment of implantable devices for epilepsy therapy. He also performs intra-operative neurophysiological monitoring of complicated neurosurgical procedures. His research interests include societal disparities in epilepsy care and functional neuro-imaging of the epileptic brain. Besides BCM, Dr. Haneef also holds faculty privileges at the MEDVAMC where he evaluates and manages patients with epilepsy.

Dr. Atul Maheshwari

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Atul Maheshwari, M.D.

Dr. Maheshwari is an assistant professor of neurology at BCM. He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass. and then completed a research and clinical fellowship at BCM in the field of epilepsy. His clinical expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in adults, including inpatient video-EEG monitoring and evaluation for epilepsy surgery. His research interests include understanding the basic mechanisms of epilepsy, with a focus on the role of genetics in the treatment of seizures. Dr. Maheshwari has faculty privileges at Ben Taub where he evaluates and manages patients with epilepsy. In addition, he participates in the inpatient video-EEG evaluation of patients at St. Luke's.

Dr. Eli M. Mizrahi

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Eli M. Mizrahi, M.D.

Dr. Mizrahi is a professor of neurology and pediatrics. Formerly the head of the Peter Kellaway Section of Neurophysiology, Department of Neurology, BCM, Dr. Mizrahi now serves as chair of neurology. He is immediate past chair of the Professional Advisory Board, Epilepsy Foundation of America, current member of Board of Directors, EFA and is president of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. He received training in pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, N.Y.; neurology at Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.; and neurophysiology at BCM. He is experienced in the tertiary care of children and adults with complex epilepsy. Dr. Mizrahi interprets EEG/video monitoring studies and other epilepsy related clinical studies.

Dr. Vitor Hugo Pacheco

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Vitor Hugo Pacheco, M.D.

Dr. Pacheco is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology, BCM, and the neurology outpatient clinic director at the MEDVAMC. Dr. Pacheco received his medical degree at the Universidade Federal do Ceara, Brazil. He completed a residency in neurology at St. Louis University, Mo. and a one-year fellowship in clinical neurophysiology with emphasis in epilepsy at BCM. His primary interest is in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology, including EEG monitoring and intra-operative monitoring. Dr. Pacheco provides care at both Baylor's Epilepsy Clinic as well as the general neurology and epilepsy services at the MEDVAMC.

Neurogenetics of Epilepsy

Dr. Jeffrey L. Noebels

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Jeffrey L. Noebels, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Noebels is director of the Blue Bird Circle Developmental Neurogenetics Laboratory, Department of Neurology, BCM and professor of neurology, neurosciences, and human genetics. He received his Ph.D. in neurological science from Stanford University School of Medicine and his M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Noebels did his internship and residency in neurology at Harvard Medical School, where he also held fellowships in neuroscience. Until 2001, he acted as director of the Neurobiology of Disease Program, BCM, and is currently vice chair of research in the Department of Neurology, BCM.

Neurosurgery

Dr. Daniel Yoshor

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Daniel Yoshor, M.D.

Dr. Yoshor is the director of Epilepsy Surgery and an assistant professor of neurosurgery, BCM. Dr. Yoshor received his training in neurosurgery at BCM and University of California at San Francisco, Calif. Dr. Yoshor has developed an expertise in epilepsy surgery, with particular emphasis on so-called "eloquent" brain regions - those which require resection, but which also are necessary for specific brain functions. He joined the BCM faculty in December, 1999. Dr. Yoshor cares for patients requiring epilepsy surgery and implantable devices for epilepsy therapy.

Neuropsychology

Dr. Harvey S. Levin

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Harvey S. Levin, Ph.D.

Dr. Levin is professor of neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pediatrics, and neurology. He received training in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Iowa where he earned a Ph.D. and completed a postdoctoral fellowship. He is past president of the International Neuropsychological Society. He joined the faculty at BCM in 1995. Dr. Levin has expertise in the clinical neuropsychological assessment of children and adults with complex epilepsy.

Dr. Michele K. York

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Michele K. York, Ph.D.

Dr. York is an assistant professor neurology and psychiatry, BCM and a licensed clinical neuropsychologist. Dr. York received her training in clinical psychology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. and completed her neuropsychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at BCM, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurology, and Neurosurgery. Dr. York joined the BCM faculty in November, 2000. She is experienced in the neuropsychological assessment of epilepsy patients prior to and following temporal lobectomy or lesionectomy. Dr. York conducts neuropsychological evaluations and provides counseling services for patients requiring epilepsy surgery.

Support Staff

Linda Kay Burns
Admin Secretary II

Maria Cegueda
Clinic Coord

Debra Pratt Johnson
Admin Support Coord III

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