Overview

Overview

The Cleveland Clinic epilepsy program was established in 1996, with a total of five graduating fellows to date.

Our center has a long and proud history when it comes to training physicians in the specialty of epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology. The program has graduated a long list of distinguished alumni who now are clinicians and scientists in many academic centers across the country and the world.

Our surgeons and medical specialists have a strong presence at the national level with organizations such as the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Epilepsy Society and various editorial boards and scientific program committees. The staff contributes to peer-reviewed journals and presents papers and posters at national meetings.

The epilepsy program hosts the Cleveland Clinic-Bethel Epilepsy Symposium every two years. This international conference focuses on a specific area of epilepsy and draws hundreds of participants from all over the world.

Surgical Volume, Treatments & Facilities

More than 200 epilepsy surgeries are performed annually, including the adult and pediatric patient populations. Surgeries range from temporal lobectomy to complex invasive mapping and resective procedures to hemispherectomies. Palliative and investigational surgical treatments for epilepsy are also offered in a highly select group of medically intractable patients.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include a twelve bed adult epilepsy-monitoring unit, a six bed pediatric monitoring unit, nuclear imaging, functional and anatomic magnetic resonance imaging, and new operative suites equipped with the latest neurosurgical technology.

Download the application for an epilepsy fellowship at Cleveland Clinic:

Return Application and Supporting Documents to:

Director of Graduate Medical Education
Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation / NA23
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
216.444.5690

Clinical Neurophysiology: EEG/Epilepsy Track (ACGME)

Clinical Neurophysiology: EEG/Epilepsy Track (ACGME)

There are a total of five positions offered for this fellowship per year.

This fellowship program is accredited by the ACGME and qualifies candidates to sit for the American Academy of Neurology Board Certification with Added Qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology. This program has a focus on clinical neurophysiology/epilepsy. This program offers extensive didactic teaching with conferences including: Neurology Grand Rounds, Epilepsy Grand Rounds, Epilepsy Patient Management Conference, Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Epilepsy Grand Rounds, Fellows’ Epilepsy Case Discussion, Invasive Patient Management Conference, Epilepsy Journal Club, and special sessions on Epilepsy Neuroradiology, Surgical Neuroanatomy, Evoked Potentials, and Epilepsy Neuropathology.

This program begins with a three month didactics course. During this time fellows will be taught core topics in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy. Fellows will have a longitudinal epilepsy clinic with supervision from one of the epilepsy center staff. The fellows will rotate on the epilepsy in-patient and consult services. Fellows are trained to read non-invasive and invasive video-EEG monitoring cases as well as reading routine EEG, ambulatory EEG, Evoked Potentials, Wada tests, and long-term ICU EEG monitoring studies.

Mornings consist of lectures on basic neurophysiology, EEG, epilepsy and seizure classification, digital EEG, and neuroimaging of epilepsy. Morning group discussions of EEG records, evoked potentials, and sleep studies also take place. Afternoons are spent in rounds in the adult or pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Units, EEG and evoked potential reading sessions, and the adult or pediatric outpatient clinic.

Elective rotations are offered in intra-operative monitoring, sleep medicine, EMG, and MEG. Adult and pediatric trainees are strongly encouraged to participate in clinical or basic research under the direction of staff physicians.

Adult Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG & Epilepsy Track

Three to four positions are offered per year. Eligible trainees include physicians who have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited Adult Neurology Residency Program in the United States or RCPSC-accredited Adult Neurology Residency Program in Canada. All International Medical Graduates must have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate in order to apply to our program. Trainees participate in epilepsy monitoring of adult and pediatric patients, interpretation of routine EEGs and evoked potentials, and the management of patients with epilepsy and sleep disorders in the hospital and outpatient clinic. Trainees have their own longitudinal clinic where patients with epilepsy are evaluated under the supervision of staff neurologists. Video-EEG monitoring is performed on patients in the 10-bed Adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit under the direction of nine adult epileptologists. Over 400 adults are evaluated annually with video-EEG, and over 160 proceed to surgery. Invasive monitoring is performed using depth or subdural electrodes of which over 80 were performed per year. This program offers a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of adults and children with epilepsy, including surgical and investigational treatments.

Pediatric Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG & Epilepsy Track

One or two positions are offered per year. Eligible trainees include physicians who have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited Pediatric Neurology Residency Program in the United States or RCPSC-accredited Pediatric Neurology Residency Program in Canada. All International Medical Graduates must have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate in order to apply to our program. Pediatric trainees participate in all of the educational and academic activities described above for the Clinical Neurophysiology Epilepsy programs in general, and share in the interpretation of adult and pediatric routine EEGs, evoked potentials, and sleep studies. However, the majority of clinical, hospital, and video-EEG exposure for pediatric epilepsy fellows is on pediatric patients.

Interested candidates can apply for a fellowship position by submitting the following documentation:

  • Fellowship Application
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
  • At least two letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Certified copy of your currently valid ECFMG certificate (applicable for International Medical Graduates only)
  • Digital Photo

Contact Person:

Clinical Neurophysiology: EEG/Epilepsy Track (Non-Accredited)

Clinical Neurophysiology: EEG/Epilepsy Track (Non-Accredited)

The number of available positions for this fellowship varies per year.

This program is Non-Accredited and consists of candidates from one of two pools. Some candidates for this fellowship are trainees who have completed the ACGME-accredited Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship and stay on for a second year during which time they will obtain further training in invasive video-EEG monitoring and brain mapping techniques, focus further on subspecialties such as intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring, evoked potentials, pre-surgical evaluation of epilepsy, sleep disorders, educational activities, and/or epilepsy research.

The second pool of candidates for this fellowship are trainees who wish to further their training in Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG and Epilepsy and meet the following requirements: have already obtained training in Neurology and/or some training in Epilepsy, have passed their USMLE Steps 1 and 2 (CK & CS), and have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate. Candidates requesting an H-1B visa must also have successfully passed USMLE Step 3.

This program has a focus on clinical neurophysiology/epilepsy and/or pre-surgical evaluation of epilepsy. This program offers extensive didactic teaching with conferences including: Neurology Grand Rounds, Epilepsy Grand Rounds, Epilepsy Patient Management Conference, Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Epilepsy Grand Rounds, Fellows’ Epilepsy Case Discussion, Invasive Patient Management Conference, Epilepsy Journal Club, and special sessions on Epilepsy Neuroradiology, Surgical Neuroanatomy, Evoked Potentials, and Epilepsy Neuropathology.

For the second pool of candidates, this program begins with a three month didactics course. During this time fellows will be taught core topics in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy.

Fellows will have a longitudinal epilepsy clinic with supervision from one of the epilepsy center staff. Fellows will rotate on the epilepsy in-patient and consult services. Fellows are trained to read non-invasive and invasive video-EEG monitoring cases as well as reading routine EEG, ambulatory EEG, Evoked Potentials, Wada tests, and long-term ICU EEG monitoring studies. Mornings consist of lectures on basic neurophysiology, EEG, epilepsy and seizure classification, digital EEG, and neuroimaging of epilepsy. Morning group discussions of EEG records, evoked potentials, and sleep studies also take place. Afternoons are spent in rounds in the adult or pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Units, EEG and evoked potential reading sessions, and the adult or pediatric outpatient clinic.

Interested candidates can apply for a fellowship position by submitting the following documentation:

  • Fellowship Application
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
  • At least two letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Certified copy of your currently valid ECFMG certificate (applicable for International Medical Graduates only)
  • Digital Photo

Contact Person:

Clinical Fellows

Clinical Fellows

Outstanding patient care, education of those who serve and research are the three goals the Department of Neurology strives to achieve. As a part of that overall commitment to education, below are the recognized current neurology fellows who value the importance of providing the highest quality of medical care.

2017-2018 Clinical Fellows

Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG & Epilepsy

Year One 

aung-thandar

Thandar Aung, MD
Medical School: Institute of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar
Residency: Internal Medicine Categorical Residency Training (Two years), St. Francis Hospital (University of Chicago Medical College), Evanston, Illinois

raghupathi-ramya

Ramya Raghupathi, MD
Medical School: M.G.R. Medical University affl Medical Council of India, Chennai, India
Internship: Internal Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residency: Neurology, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

steriade-claude

Claude Steriade, MD
Medical School: M.D.,C.M., McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Residency: Neurology, University of Toronto, Ontario

thompson-serena

Serena Thompson, MD, PhD
Medical School: MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Doctorate: PhD, Neuroscience , University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Residency: Neurology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

winslow-jessica

Jessica Winslow, MD
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
Residency: Adult Neurology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio


Epilepsy

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Mohammed Alshurem, MD
Medical School: University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Residency: Neurology, McGill University, Montreal, QC

Angela Crudele, MD
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Internal Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Fellow: Neurology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Lauren Feldman, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Adult Neurology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Trishna Kantamneni, MD
Medical School: Osmania Medical College, India
Residency: Child Neurology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Raluca Pana, MD
Medical School: Laval University, Quebec, QC
Residency: Neurology, McGill University, Montreal, QC

Sasan Salimian, MD
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine, Health Sciences Center, University of Colorado
Fellowship: Neurology, Health Sciences Center, University of Colorado