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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. 

​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. 

​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. 

​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​.

Accreditation and Recognition

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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