Stanford Surgical Epilepsy Program Team

Jaimie Henderson, MD
John and Jene Blume - Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Henderson is the director of the program in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and has a special interest in movement disorders and epilepsy. Dr. Henderson received his M.D. from Chicago's Rush Medical College in 1988. After completing his residency in Neurosurgery at Saint Louis University and fellowship training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, he started the movement disorders surgery program at St. Louis University where he remained on the faculty for 6 years. He joined the Neurosurgery staff of the Cleveland Clinic in 2001, and Stanford's Neurosurgery Department in 2004. Dr. Henderson is an expert in invasive monitoring for surgical evaluation of patients with drug resistant epilepsy.


Lawrence Shuer, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery
Associate Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery

Dr. Shuer performs surgical procedures on patients with uncontrolled seizures. He trained in surgery, neurosurgery and neuropathology at Stanford and joined the faculty in 1984.  He has been part of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Team at Stanford since 1992. His interests in neurosurgery include the management of craniofacial anomalies, degenerative spine disorders, syringomyelia, surgical treatment of epilepsy and hypothermic brain protection. He was a consultant for Neuropace as it developed the responsive brain stimulator for medically refractory epilepsy. He is past president of the California Association of Neurological Surgeons, past president of the Western Neurosurgical Society and is chair of the California Medical Association Scientific Advisory Panel on Neurosurgery.


Michael S. B. Edwards, MD
Emeritus Faculty, Neurosurgery


Gerald Grant, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Grant received his MD from Stanford University in 1994 and trained as a resident in neurosurgery at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Seattle Children's Hospital. He entered active duty with the US Air Force and became Director of Surgical Epilepsy at Wilford Hall Medical Center and UT San Antonio. After his deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dr. Grant moved back to his alma mater at Duke University in 2006. He remained there on the faculty for 7 years as Director of Pediatric Surgical Epilepsy. He was recruited back to Stanford in 2013. Dr. Grant is committed to the treatment of children with intractable epilepsy and is an expert at state-of-the-art brain mapping techniques and awake language mapping in epilepsy patients.


Samuel Cheshier, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar

Dr. Cheshier is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He has practiced at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford for 3 years.  His surgical practice includes a strong emphasis on pediatric tumors of the brain and spine. Dr. Cheshier performed his undergraduate studies at University of California Los Angeles, where he graduated with a degree in psychologybiology, summa cum laude, phi beta kappa. Afterward, Dr. Cheshier attended medical school at Stanford University enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program.  During this time he earned a Ph.D. conducting basic science research on how stem cells grow. He performed his neurosurgical residency at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics.  After his residency, Dr. Cheshier studied mid-brain stem cells and embryonic stem cells at Lund University in Sweden as part of a Van Wagenen Fellowship, which is the most prestigious research fellowship awarded to a graduating neurosurgeon. He then performed a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario.  Since joining the faculty, Dr. Cheshier has performed numerous surgeries on children with brain and spinal cord tumors. He also conducts basic science research, with the goal of translating experiments into therapies for malignant-pediatric brain tumors.


Casey H. Halpern, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Halpern received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Neurological Surgery and a fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He focuses on the surgical treatment of movement disorders and epilepsy and has particular interest in minimally invasive surgical approaches, as well as neurostimulation procedures.


Melanie Hayden Gephart, MD, MAS
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Melanie Hayden Gephart, MD, MAS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Hayden Gephart’s research and clinical expertise in the treatment of central nervous system tumors and open epilepsy surgery. Her translational research focuses on understanding and halting the mechanisms driving tumor growth in the brain and spinal cord to develop and implement new treatments for neurosurgery patients.

Dr. Hayden Gephart received her medical and masters degrees from University of California at San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. She completed her residency and served as Chief Resident in Neurosurgery at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Hayden Gephart runs an NIH-funded laboratory in addition to her clinical service.