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University Neurologists - Epilepsy/EEG

The Rush Epilepsy Center evaluates, diagnoses and treats adults and children with all forms of epilepsy, as well as people experiencing frequent spells that may be epilepsy. The program offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services and provides patients with a full range of medical and surgical treatment options, including investigative therapies and approaches that are not widely available. Patients who require inpatient treatment receive care on a specialized neurological unit with staff specifically trained in neurosurgical and neurological care. Six beds are specifically used for video EEG.​

MEET OUR TEAM

​Antoaneta J. Balabanov, MD is board certified in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology. She obtained her medical degree from the Medical Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Dr. Balabanov completed her neurology residency training at the Henry Ford Hospital and went on to complete a fellowship in neurophysiology at Rush University Medical. 

Dr. Balabanov's areas of clinical expertise include developmental delay, electrocorticography, electroencephalography, epilepsy, evoked potential testing, Landau-Kleffner syndrome, language delay, pseudoseizures, and Wada test. 

Her primary area of interest in research is antiepileptic drugs. 

​Donna C. Bergen, MD is a board certified neurologist. She received her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Bergen completed both her neurology residency and fellowship training at Rush University Medical Center. 

Her areas of clinical expertise include developmental delay, dipole source localization of seizure and onset zone, electroencephalography, epilepsy, epilepsy and pregnancy, epilepsy in women, treatment-resistant epilepsy, evoked potential testing, Landau-Kleffner syndrome, language delay, pseudoseizures, and syncope. 

Dr. Bergen's areas of interest in research are treatment​ of intractable epilepsy, investigational drug trials, antiepileptic drugs, pharmacologic and surgical treatment of intractable epilepsy. 

​Adriana C. Bermeo-Ovalle, MD is a board certified neurologist. She obtained her medical degree from the​ National University of Colombia College of Medicine. Dr. Bermeo-Ovalle completed her neurology residency at Rush University Medical Center and also completed an epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. 

Dr. Bermeo-Ovalle's areas of clinical expertise include continuous EEG monitoring, electroencephalography, epilepsy, epilepsy in women, and treatment-resistant epilepsy. 

​Lawrence P. Bernstein, MD is board certified in both Neurology, and Sleep Medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed both his neurology residency training and physiology fellowship training there as well. 

Dr. Bernstein's areas of clinical expertise include epilepsy, sleep disorders and vagus nerve stimulation. His primary interest in research is neuromodulation for the control of epilepsy and depression. 

​Eve Escalante, MSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker. Eve obtained both her Bachelor and Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, where the focus of her training was on social work in health care. Eve has experience in case management, psychotherapy, and group facilitation. Eve is bi-lingual and speaks Spanish to better serve our patients.  

Eve works alongside the medical team in Epilepsy to provide a psychosocial perspective to the patient’s care. Eve’s focus is on the emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being of patients and their support systems. Eve provides assessment of psychosocial needs, planning, and referrals and resources in the community. Eve facilitates two support groups at the Epilepsy Center and also provides psychotherapy.​ 

​Marketa Marvanova, PharmD, PhD, CGP, BCPP is a clinical pharmacy specialist in neurology. She obtained her pharmacy degree from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and doctorate in Neuropharmacology from Eastern University in Kuopio, Finland. She completed three-year fellowship training in Neuropharmacology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Marvanova is certified specialist in geriatric pharmacy and completed a Parkinson’s Disease Pharmacotherapy traineeship at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Marvanova is a member of an interdisciplinary team in the Epilepsy Center and provides comprehensive pharmacological care and medication education for patients with epilepsy, their families and caregivers. Dr. Marvanova’s areas of interest include clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, pharmacologic management of epilepsy, management of psychiatric issues associated with epilepsy, geriatric pharmacotherapy, Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia and comprehensive pharmacological management of epilepsy and other chronic disorders.​

​Maggie L. McNulty, MD is board certified in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology. She received her medical degree from Rush Medical College and completed her neurology residency training as well as her clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. Her areas of clinical interests are continuous EEG monitoring, epilepsy, epilepsy in women, and treatment resistant epilepsy​

​Marvin A. Rossi, MD, PhD is a board certified neurologist. He obtained his medical degree from Rush Medical College. Dr. Rossi completed his neurology residency training as well as his clinical neurophysiology fellowship training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. 

Dr. Rossi's areas of clinical expertise are cortical mapping, developmental delay, electroencephalography, epilepsy, treatment-resistant epilepsy, evoked potential testing, Landau-Kleffner​ syndrome, language delay, methohexital suppression testing, pseudoseizures, and Wada test. 

His areas of interest in research include localization of the ictal onset zone for epilepsy surgery, and neurochemical markers of synaptic plasticity. 

​Michael C. Smith, MD is the Section Director of the Rush Epilepsy Center in the Department of Neurological Sciences. He is board certified in both Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology. He obtained his medical degree from Rush Medical College. Dr. Smith completed his neurology residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and also completed a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. 

Dr. Smith's areas of clinical expertise include developmental delay, electroencephalography, epilepsy, epilepsy and cognition, epilepsy in children, treatment-resistant epilepsy, evoked potential testing, Landau-Kleffner syndrome, language delay, multiple subpial transection, and pseudoseizures. 

His areas of interest in research are epileptog​enesis, epilepsy prevention, and electrical stimulation for the treatment of epilepsy. 

​Michael Stein, MD is a neurologist who specializes in the treatment of epilepsy. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Stein completed his neurology residency and his clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. 

Dr. Stein's areas of clinical expertise include electrocorticography, electroencephalography, epilepsy, magnetoencephalography, and Wada test. His areas of interest in research are magnetoencephalography (MEG), and spectral analysis of EEG and MEG. 

​Travis R. Stoub, PhD is an assistant professor of Neurological Sciences. He obtained his doctorate in philosophy from Rush Graduate College and completed a post-doctoral clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Stoub’s areas of clinical expertise include electroencephalography, evoked potential testing, magnetoencephalography, dipole source modeling, brain mapping, electrocorticography, and brain volume measurements.

His areas of interest in research include epilepsy and cognition, synaptic changes in epilepsy, and neuroimaging biomarkers of epilepsy.​

Services
The Rush Epilepsy Center evaluates, diagnoses and treats adults and children with all forms of epilepsy, as well as people experiencing frequent spells that may be epilepsy. The program offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services and provides patients with a full range of medical and surgical treatment options, including investigative therapies and approaches that are not widely available. Patients who require inpatient treatment receive care on a specialized neurological unit with staff specifically trained in neurosurgical and neurological care. Six beds are specifically used for video EEG.

Specialized services provided through the Rush Epilepsy Center at Rush University Medical Center include:

  • Diagnosis and disease management: Accurate diagnoses are obtained using state-of-the-art techniques, such as computerized brain mapping, electroencephalographic video monitoring, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and single proton emission computerized tomography (SPECT). These allow specialists to pinpoint the site and severity of seizure activity, information vital to selecting the most effective treatment options.

  • Research: Research concerned with the causes and treatment of epilepsy is integral to the Rush Epilepsy Center's patient care mission. Researchers are actively involved in studies of new anticonvulsant medications and surgical techniques. Basic science research on the causes of epilepsy is also performed.

  • Medical treatment: Neurologists specially trained in treating seizure disorders offer the most current and effective treatment options to patients diagnosed with epilepsy. More than 70 percent of epilepsy patients can achieve full seizure control through a skillful balance of conventional medications. A major emphasis of the center is selecting the best medication regimen for each patient. The Rush Epilepsy Center also regularly participates in the study of new medical treatments. For more information on clinical trials, click on the link at left.

  • Surgical options: For selected patients who don't respond to medication, surgery may be recommended. Rush has the largest experience with epilepsy surgery in Illinois. Over the last 10 years, more than 65 percent of patients having temporal lobe epilepsy surgery became seizure free. Rush was also the first medical center in Chicago to offer vagal nerve stimulation for epilepsy, with over 200 cases performed. Support for patients and families is available: Individual and family counseling is available to help patients and their families cope with the effects of epilepsy. The Epilepsy Center also offers regular educational seminars, and runs a support group for patients and families.

For more information please visit our website​.

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Rush Epilepsy Center
1725 W. Harrison St.
Professional Building III
Suite 885
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5939
Fax: (312) 942-2294
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