Epilepsy Research

In addition to offering the most advanced surgical techniques and medical therapies, physicians at the Swedish Epilepsy Center are active in research. Their findings are regularly published in international neurological journals and medical textbooks. The center continues to advance patient care by researching new surgical treatments through neurophysiological application and interpretation, progressive diagnostic modalities and participation in drug trials of antiepileptic medications.

Whether it is providing the highest standard of care for epilepsy patients or setting new standards of care, the Swedish Epilepsy Center is at the forefront in caring for patients with seizure disorders.

Research studies

View a list of epilepsy-related research studies being conducted at Swedish.

Department researchers:

Lisa M. Caylor, M.D.
Adult Epilepsy, Clinical Neurophysiology
Dr. Caylor completed her bachelor's degree in physiology at the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her medical degree at the University of Rochester. She completed her internal medicine residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and her neurology residency and epilepsy fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Caylor’s research interests include clinical drug studies and NeuroPace Responsive Neurostimulation.

Michael Doherty, M.D.
Epilepsy, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neurology
Dr. Doherty completed his bachelor’s degree in history at Boston University. He received his medical degree at Tufts University in Boston. Dr. Doherty completed his neurology residency and neurophysiology fellowship at the University of Washington. Dr. Doherty’s research interests include NeuroPace Responsive Neurostimulation, nicotine and other medications in altering seizures susceptibility. He has published numerous papers on Epilepsy as well as the history of Neurology.

Ryder Gwinn, M.D.
Epilepsy Surgery, Functional Neurosurgery
Dr. Gwinn completed his bachelor’s degree in psychobiology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Gwinn completed his neurosurgical residency at Georgetown University and his surgical epilepsy fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Gwinn’s research interests include NeuroPace Responsive Neurostimulation, DNA methylation and microRNA changes in epilepsy, and node utilization in limbic epilepsy.

Alan M. Haltiner, Ph.D.
Neuropsychology, Epilepsy
Dr. Haltiner completed bachelor's degrees in psychology and biology at the University of Puget Sound, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology- Neuropsychology Track at the University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School. He completed his Clinical Psychology Residency at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, followed by a 2 year rehabilitation research fellowship focused on neuropsychological aspects of post-traumatic epilepsy. Dr. Haltiner's research interests include use of psychometric tests and clinical history to predict risk of non-epileptic seizures, the integration of clinical neuropsychological and Wada test data with EEG and neuroimaging to localize seizure dysfunction and determine proximity to intact areas, and evaluating the neuropsychological prognosis and outcome of surgical treatments for medically refractory epilepsy.

Jehuda Sepkuty, M.D.
Epilepsy, Clinical Neurophysiology, Intraoperative Neuromonitoring, Neurology
Dr. Sepkuty received his medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv, Israel. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Minnesota, and his epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to Swedish, Dr. Sepkuty was an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and Director of Intraoperative Neuromonitoring at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Dr. Sepkuty’s research interests include epilepsy, pre-surgical evaluation and treatment of epilepsy, mapping of the brain for intractable epilepsy, extra and intraoperative mapping techniques, clinical neurophysiology, clinical and techno/clinical education, developing new technologies (devices for epilepsy treatment and research and for OR monitoring) and bringing them to clinical trials.

Ednea Simon, M.D.
Pediatric Epilepsy, Clinical Neurophysiology, Pediatric Neurology
Dr. Ednea Simon received her medical degree from the State University of Campinas, Brazil. She has completed residencies in pediatrics and child neurology at the State University of Campinas, and a residency in child neurology at the University of Washington. Dr. Simon completed her neurophysiology fellowship at the University of Washington. Dr. Simon’s research interests include pediatric epilepsy, specifically neonatal seizures, infantile spasms, and tuberous sclerosis complex. In addition, Dr. Simon has been involved with functional neuroimaging using positron emission tomography for epilepsy in childhood.
Related Research Works

Marcio Sotero de Menezes, M.D.
Pediatric Epilepsy, Clinical Neurophysiology, Clinical Research & Education, SCN1A Disorders
Dr. Sotero received his medical degree from the Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil. He has completed residencies in pediatrics at HSE-RJ Hospital in Brazil, and Loyola Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Sotero completed his child neurology residency and his epilepsy and neurophysiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University in Boston. Dr. Sotero de Menezes’ research interests include genetic epilepsies; looking at mutation patterns of patients with familial frontal lobe seizures, and SCN1A mutations, including those with Dravet syndrome.

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