Clinical Assistant Professor
I am trained in adult neurology, with expertise in caring for patients with seizures and epilepsy. The core of my practice is diagnosing and caring for patients with epilepsy and facilitating the multidisciplinary care they need. I work frequently with rehabilitation doctors, internists and intensivists, where we advise each other regarding medication and other medical decisions that are needed for the best possible care and treatment outcomes for our patients. I also make an effort to engage family members in the health of my patients. If family members come to the clinic during patient visits and my patients give me permission to talk to spouses, significant others and other family members, I invite these individuals into the exam room. These are opportunities for me to educate families, which in turn helps foster support for my patients and provides an opportunity for family members to be part of the long-term care my patients need.
I also work with UBMD Neurosurgery physicians to facilitate appropriate and timely referral of patients who can benefit from epilepsy surgery. I collaborate with my neurosurgical colleagues during joint conferences where, as a team, we make decisions about whether surgery will give our patients the best possible treatment outcome.
I read and interpret both inpatient and outpatient electroencephalography (EEG) studies and both Kaleida Health and Erie County Medical Center, where I serve as director of the EEG laboratory. Additionally, I provide medical care at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Unit at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB), where patients are monitored, evaluated and treated for acute episodes of seizures, epilepsy and other related conditions.
As a teacher and mentor, I work closely with medical students and alongside residents and fellows that are training to specialize in adult and pediatric neurology. I teach in our departmental programs that focus on both the acute and long-term care and management of patients with neurological ailments. In working with trainees at all levels, and in all learning settings, I engage everyone in the focused care of patients.