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Epilepsy

Sasha Alick, M.D.
Assistant Professor

My clinical research focuses on the evaluation and management of medically refractory epilepsy by leading therapeutic clinic research trials, employing neurostimulation techniques and performing intracranial evaluations such as SEEG for epilepsy surgery. I investigate surgical outcomes, as well as epilepsy mood and cognitive co-morbidities pre- and post-operatively. I also have a particular focus in Magnetoencephalography and Magnetic Source Imaging in Epilepsy and am a principal clinical neurophysiologist for our MEG Center of Excellence. In terms of education, I am integrally involved in preparing our future doctors at every stage of training and co-direct a neuroscience course, acquainting them with the latest advancements in the fields of neuromedicine and behavioral science.


Rohit Das, M.D.
Associate Professor

My research includes two areas. First, I have a focus on quality metrics in epilepsy. These include studies of the use and misuse of EEG, surgery for patients with epilepsy, autoimmune epilepsy, autoimmune encephalitis and outcomes in psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. Second, I focus on medical education -- specifically, qualitative research regarding student decision-making and trends in undergraduate and graduate medical education.   


Hina Dave, M.D.
Assistant Professor

My clinical research encompasses two key areas: clinical anti-seizure drug trials and seizure prediction models in collaboration with bioengineering colleagues.  


Marisara Dieppa, M.D.
Assistant Professor

My research interests include traumatic brain injury and epilepsy. Within epilepsy, I am interested in biomarkers of epilepsy surgery outcomes in patients undergoing evaluation with intracranial electroencephalography, as well as looking at factors affecting the quality of life of patients with epilepsy. I also have an interest in traumatic brain injury and concussion, specifically cardiovascular exercise as an intervention post injury.  Lastly, I have interest in medical education, continuously adapting curricula and improving the learning experience of our trainees.


Kan Ding, M.D.
Associate Professor

My research is focused on the impact of cerebral blood flow dysregulation and aerobic exercise on structural and functional integrity after traumatic brain injury (TBI). I am also interested in identifying early neurophysiological and imaging biomarkers for the development of post-traumatic epilepsy in order to better understand the epileptogenesis after TBI and potential preventive intervention.


Alexander Doyle, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Within epilepsy, my interests include: outcomes of epilepsy surgery, improving the pre-surgical evaluation, and understanding co-morbidities in epilepsy patients. Outside of epilepsy I am interested in medical education and quality of care in underserved populations.


Jay Harvey, D.O.
Associate Professor

Within epilepsy, my research interests include investigational drug and device trials for pharmacoresistant epilepsy. In addition, I continue to collaborate with engineers at UTD to look at early biomarkers of seizure onset using electroencephalography.


Ryan Hays, M.D.
Associate Professor

My research focuses on quality-of-life issues that affect patients with epilepsy and sleep disorders and studying how we can meaningfully impact these through targeted interventions. Additionally, I am interested in identifying and improving the pre-operative predictors of response to surgical intervention in patients with intractable seizures.


Ghazala Perven, M.D.
Assistant Professor

My work focuses on biomarkers of epilepsy surgery outcomes in patients undergoing stereotactic EEG, outcomes of multimodal intervention in medically refractory epilepsy -- specifically using devices in combination with surgery and relevance of semiology in epilepsy lateralization and localization. I also have interest in developing extra operative cortical stimulation protocols. I have a passion for educating both medical trainees as well as community healthcare providers.


Irina Podkorytova, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Our research is focused on epilepsy surgery outcomes and intracranial neurophysiology. We are especially interested to identify new biomarkers of response to resective surgery and neuromodulation, as well as to create optimal protocols for invasive EEG evaluations.


Rodrigo Zepeda, M.D.
Assistant Professor

My research interest focuses in finding innovative uses of continuous EEG and quantitive EEG in patients with altered mental status, status epilepticus and subarachnoid hemorrhage.  In patients with SAH, we are evaluating early EEG biomarkers that may help predict the development of delayed ischemia, avoid permanent disability and impact patient outcomes.