Epilepsy Fellowship Program

Overview

Our ACGME-accredited Epilepsy fellowship has been training outstanding clinicians and academic leaders in the practice of epilepsy for more than 15 years. We accept 4 clinical fellows each year, and fellowship training may last from one to three years depending upon individual career plans and needs of the fellow.

The Penn Epilepsy Center (PEC) is a member of the National Association of Epilepsy Centers and our fellowship program provides training to individuals interested in specializing in the care and treatment of epilepsy patients. 

The Penn Epilepsy Center is a Level 4 Epilepsy Center currently serving a growing network of 7 hospitals, with 8 faculty, and it is rapidly expanding. We have active programs in:
  • Epilepsy Surgery (>80 last year, including devices, stereo EEG and grids/strips)
  • Clinical trials
  • Implantable devices, including NeuroPace® and Visualase®
  • International medicine
  • Quality of care in collaboration with the Wharton School of Business
Fellows are guaranteed funding for 2 years, including an in-depth research experience supported by two NIH-funded T32 training grants. Optional training in secondary degrees (Master's in Translational Research, Epidemiology, or Bioengineering) is available. Finally, Fellows may opt for a third year of research, leading to application for an NIH K-award. Those interested primarily in clinical careers can take advantage of a wide variety of augmented training in our network in Philadelphia and abroad, and extended training at the Instructor/entry faculty level, to solidify their clinical skills.

Fellowship Curriculum

Clinical fellows in our program evaluate and care for epilepsy patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and our active epilepsy surgical program provide a means for fellows to learn how to evaluate and refer patients for epilepsy surgery and device implantation.

Fellows gain experience in interpretation of outpatient and inpatient EEG as well as long-term EEG monitoring of intensive care unit patients and intracranial and intraoperative EEG monitoring. The Fellows participate in Wada testing and intracranial electrode stimulation with functional cortical mapping.

Fellows are expected to master the principles of clinical neurophysiology including properties of bioelectrical generators, electricity and electronics, and signal analysis. It is expected that all fellows will be actively involved in a research project during the 2 year fellowship.

Alumni

Penn’s fellowship has a long track record of training candidates for successful careers as clinicians, clinician-educators and clinician-scientists, including world leaders in epilepsy research and clinical care. Fellows are invited to augment clinical training with in-depth research, education and extended clinical experiences, including internationally.

  • Allan Azarion, MD (2013): Epileptologist, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Group, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Mesha-Gay Brown, MD (2014):
Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Colorado
  • Stephanie Chen, MD (2016):
Neurologist, Baltimore area
  • Kathryn Davis, MD (2009): Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Simon Glynn, MD (2008): Assistant Professor of Neurology and Bioengineering, UMichigan
  • Michael Gelfand, MD, PhD (2015): Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, UPenn
  • Sonia Krish, MD (2016): Neurological Institute of New York, NYP, New York
  • Ram Mani, MD (2011): Assistant Professor of Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson Univ Hospital
  • Douglas Maus, MD, PhD (2008): Dept. of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • Brian Oommen, MD (2011):
Pinnacle Health Neurosurgery and Neurosciences Inst, Harrisburg
  • Jonathan Pollard, MD (2006): Neurologist, Christiana Care Health System
  • Mijail Serruya, MD, PhD ( ): Assistant Professor of Neurology, Thomas Jefferson University
  • William Stacey, MD, PhD (2010): Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Michigan
  • Stephen Wong, MD (2008): Associate Professor of Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson University
As William Stacey, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Bioengineering at the University of Michigan, explains,
“Penn provided an ideal environment for diverse training in clinical epileptology, leading the cutting edge on many aspects of EEG and patient care. In addition, there were tremendous opportunities for funded translational research, which were instrumental in establishing my own academic career.”

Application Process

The Penn Epilepsy Fellowship program will begin accepting applications for our July 2020 start date on September 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2019.
Interested applicants should submit the materials below to pennneurofellowships@uphs.upenn.edu.
Candidates will be selected on a rolling basis, early submission is encouraged.
  • CV
  • Personal Statement explaining your interests in Epilepsy
  • photo
  • 3 Letters of Recomondation
  • USMLE Scores 

Thank you for your interest in our program!


Epilepsy Faculty


Jay Pathmanathan, MD, PhD

Fellowship Program Director
Interests: Epilepsy, Seizures
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 Brian Litt, MD

Epilepsy Division Chief
Interests: Epilepsy Anti-epileptic medications, Electroencephalogram, seizures
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Kathryn  Davis, MD

Associate Director, Penn Epilepsy Center
Interests: Epilepsy Anti-epileptic medications, Electroencephalogram, seizures
     Faculty Profile




Danielle Becker, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency
Clinical Interests: Epilepsy, Global Health
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Michael Gelfand, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Interests: Drug Resistant Epilepsy, Electrophysiology Testing, Epilepsy & Pregnancy, EEGs
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Ammar Kheder, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Interests: Epilepsy Biomarkers, Epilepsy Clinical Trials, EEGs, Sleep-related Epilepsy
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Gordon Baltuch, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Interests: Brain Tumors, Epilepsy, Spine Surgery
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Contact Information

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Neurology
3400 Spruce Street
3 W Gates
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Matthew Puhak
Program Coordinator
PennNeuroFellowships@uphs.upenn.edu
(267) 581-2989