Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Program Team

Adult Epilepsy

Robert Fisher, MD, PhD
Maslah Saul MD Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Director of Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Dr. Fisher received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford, and trained at Johns Hopkins where he remained as faculty. He served time as Chair of Neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, before returning to Stanford in 2000. He has had a leading role in the testing of devices that can detect or treat seizures, including deep brain stimulation, focal drug infusion, seizure notification accelerometers and biosensor. He also collaborates with laboratory researchers studying mechanisms of epilepsy. He has been named in Best Doctors of America for 16 consecutive years. He is a past-president of the American Epilepsy Society, prior Editor-in-Chief of the world's main epilepsy journal, Epilepsia, and past Editor of epilepsy.com, the most visited website about epilepsy. He has published numerous articles and books about epilepsy.


Kimford J. Meador, MD
Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Dr. Meador received his MD from the Medical College of Georgia.  After an internship at the University of Virginia and service as an officer in the Public Health Corps, he completed a residency in Neurology at the Medical College of Georgia and a fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at the University of Florida. Dr. Meador is currently the Multi-PI on two multicenter investigations, one on pregnancy outcomes in women with epilepsy including neurodevelopmental effects of fetal antiepileptic drug exposure, and one on the cognitive effects of antiepileptic drugs in children with focal epilepsy. Dr. Meador has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals.


Martha Morrell, MD
Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Morrell has focused her career on the treatment of patients with epilepsy, including health issues for women with epilepsy. She attended Stanford Medical School, then completed her residency in Neurology and her fellowship in EEG and epilepsy at University of Pennsylvania. After founding the Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, she moved to Columbia University where she was the Caitlin Tynan Doyle Professor of Epilepsy and Director of the Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. She returned in 2004 and sees patients in the Epilepsy Clinic. She is currently the Chief Medical Officer for NeuroPace, a company focused on brain stimulation for epilepsy.


Josef Parvizi, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Director of Stanford Program for Intractable Epilepsy

Dr. Parvizi’s clinical training is from Mayo Clinic- Rochester, BIDMC-Harvard University, and UCLA. His major interest is in the study of seizure propagation and treating patients with intractable epilepsy. His special expertise is in detecting the epileptic source in patients with uncontrolled seizures and mapping the brain circuitries that underlie development and spread of seizures. He performs functional brain mapping of the brain during epilepsy surgery evaluations. Dr. Parvizi is also the Director of the Stanford Human Intracranial Cognitive Electrophysiology Program (SHICEP), and is involved in multidisciplinary collaborative research projects with several Stanford principal investigators to understand how different parts of the human brain work and how their function may be broken during seizures.


Kevin Graber, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Director of Outpatient Epilepsy Clinic

Dr. Kevin Graber earned his MD from Indiana University in 1992 and completed his training in Neurology & Neurological Sciences at Stanford Medical Center. Dr Graber has earned prestigious research awards and has served on several national committees including the American Epilepsy Society, CURE, and Epilepsy Foundation. As a Clinician Educator, Dr. Graber provides clinical care to patients with epilepsy, and teaches fellows, residents, and medical students. Dr. Graber's research is focused on discovering how brain injuries, such as trauma, lead to epilepsy.


Scheherazade Le, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Le received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.  She completed her internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Neurology at Stanford.  She served as Chief Resident in Neurology and then continued her training as a Neurophysiology fellow at Stanford in both Epilepsy/Electroencephalography (EEG) and Intra-operative Neuromonitoring (IONM).  As a Clinician Educator, she is particularly interested in patient education, trainee medical education, tuberous sclerosis and clinical research.


Babak Razavi, MD, PhD
Clinical Assitant Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Razavi's clinical interests are in medically refractory epilepsies and using high density EEG (electroencephalogram) for better localization of seizure foci. His research areas include using engineering techniques for analyzing EEGs, medical devices for evaluation and treatment of epilepsy, and using seizures as a model for understanding consciousness.


Jessica Falco Walter, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Walter received her MD from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She stayed at Georgetown for her internship in Internal Medicine and then moved to New York City to complete her residency in Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She went on to pursue a Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at Rush University in Chicago, IL, training in both EEG and EMG. Due to her particular interest in Epilepsy she went on to become the first Epilepsy Fellow at Rush University. Dr. Walter provides clinical care to general neurology patients as well as patients with epilepsy and enjoys teaching residents and medical students. She also has a particular interest in dietary treatments for epilepsy and clinical research.


Fiona Baumer, MD
Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Fiona Baumer is Instructor in Neurology at Stanford University with a focus on pediatric epilepsy. Dr. Baumer received her B.A. at Stanford University and her M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She remained on the east coast to train in pediatrics and child neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital before returning to Stanford in 2015 for epilepsy training as the first Maggie Otto Fellow in Pediatric Epilepsy.  She joined the neurology faculty in 2016.

Dr. Baumer’s clinical and research interests include difficult to treat pediatric epilepsies and the interaction between epilepsy and cognition. She is gaining expertise in noninvasive brain stimulation as a clinical and research tool in epilepsy. Dr. Baumer is currently participating in the KL2 Mentored Research Fellowship through which she will conduct a study using transcranial magnetic stimulation to assess cortical excitability and synaptic plasticity in benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (Rolandic Epilepsy).


Aaron Cardon, MD, MSc
Clinical Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Aaron Lynn Cardon is Clinical Instructor of Neurology at Stanford University.  Dr. Cardon received his B.A. from Texas A&M University and then went on to study medicine and neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he received a combined M.D. and M.Sc. degree with concurrent completion of the Clinical Ethics Track. Dr. Cardon’s master’s thesis work focused on recording of local field potential changes in the hippocampus of freely-behaving rodents, which first sparked his interest in interpreting and quantifying neurophysiologic potentials. He continued his clinical training at Baylor College of Medicine through residency and fellowship, completing a clinical neurophysiology fellowship in 2016.  He joined Child Neurology at Stanford in July 2016 to specialize in the treatment of pediatric epilepsy.

His research interests include developing biomarkers from surface EEG, intracranial EEG, and clinical data in order to predict better the outcomes of surgery for patients with medically-refractory epilepsies, along with following patients after surgery to define better the unique cognitive challenges for children with epilepsy who undergo surgery.  He hopes that the treatment and experience of these patients will advance the understanding of the neurophysiologic basis of memory formation, learning dysfunction associated with epilepsies, and the neuronal circuit dysfunction underlying epileptogenesis, in turn to inform treatment and preventive strategies for epilepsy. Dr. Cardon is an active member of the American Epilepsy Society and the Child Neurology Society.


Mimi Callanan, RN, MSN
Epilepsy Clinical Nurse Specialist

Ms. Callanan has many years experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Epilepsy. She has been in this role at Stanford since the Center opened in 1990. She received her undergraduate degree at St Louis University and her graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is a past member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of America. She is a past President of the Epilepsy Society of San Francisco and was on the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California. She is author of several publications pertaining to education of patients and families about epilepsy, and to the impact of epilepsy on life.

Bonnie Pamiroyan, RN, MSN, CFNP
Nurse Practitioner

Ms. Pamiroyan began her nursing career in 1982 after graduating from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After working in a variety of health care settings, she joined the Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in 1994 to coordinate the clinical drug trials provided by the Center. Completing her Master of Science in Nursing in 2001, her scope of practice has expanded, and she now enjoys providing extended patient care services as a Family Nurse Practitioner to patients with epilepsy.