Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Neurophysiology/Epilepsy

The Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology provides a unique infrastructure for students, residents, and fellows to get involved in clinical research. We offer guidance for research submissions, grant applications, data collection and analysis, and expose our trainees to various inpatient and outpatient settings.

Education

We offer up to two adult fellowship positions in Epilepsy and in Clinical Neurophysiology, with a concentration in either EEG/IOM or general neurophysiology. We organize an annual four-week course in clinical neurophysiology for our senior residents and incoming fellows covering adult and pediatric EEG, IOM, Sleep, and EMG/NCS.

Our faculty has received several teaching awards including the “John A. Kessler Resident Teaching Award of the Year”, the “Nicholas Vick Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching”, and the “American Academy of Neurology AB Baker Teaching Award”.

Research

Our research efforts include a variety of investigator-initiated studies focusing on safety, diagnostic accuracy, and outcomes of patients with seizures. We collaborate with the Dr. Jay Gottfried Laboratory studying olfactory processing, the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute investigating functional outcome and epileptogenicity of brain tumors, as well as with researchers interested in the brain-machine-interface on invasive signal analysis.

We have mentored several Feinberg School of Medicine medical students in their Area of Scholarly Concentration (AoSC) projects, and supported residents and fellows in their final year projects. These projects consistently lead to presentations at national meetings as well as original manuscripts.

Patient Care

The Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at is a level IV national referral center for patients with intractable seizures. Our epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) offers diagnostic and pre-surgical epilepsy evaluations including invasive explorations using subdural grids and stereotactic depth electrodes. Through our affiliated care sites, our faculty is very active in intra-operative monitoring (IOM) including functional mapping during resection of brain tumors and epileptogenic foci. We also participate in a variety of interdisciplinary clinics, including the Women with Epilepsy program at Prentice Women’s Hospital, the Epilepsy-Sleep Clinic, and a transition clinic with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Meet Our Faculty

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