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

Robert S. Fisher, MD, PhD is Maslah Saul MD Professor and Director of the Stanford Epilepsy Center and EEG lab. He had research funding or awards from the Klingenstein Foundation, Epilepsy Foundation, CURE, American Society of Clinical Neurophysiology, NIH and NSF. He has published about 230 peer-reviewed articles and 3 books. He has been named every year from 1996 to 2019 in Best Doctors in America.  He received the Ambassador Award from the International League Against Epilepsy, the 2005 American Epilepsy Society Service Award and the 2006 Annual Clinical Research Award. Dr. Fisher is Past-President of the American Epilepsy Society, and has served on the Board of the International League Against Epilepsy and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Epilepsia. He is past Editor-in-Chief of the world’s most visited website about epilepsy, epilepsy.com. Dr. Fisher led the projects to develop a formal definition of who has epilepsy and an update of seizure type classification. His recent research is on new devices to detect and treat seizures. He led the clinical trials on deep brain stimulation for epilepsy and on the next-generation (heart-rate-sensing) vagus nerve stimulation device. Dr. Fisher has additionally won several teaching awards and cares for epilepsy patients in the Stanford Epilepsy Clinics and inpatient epilepsy unit.


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 a multicenter NIH investigation on the pregnancy outcomes in women with epilepsy including neurodevelopmental effect of fetal antiepileptic drug exposure. Dr. Meador has authored over 400 peer-reviewed publications and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals.


Sarah Eagleman, PhD
Instructor

For over a decade my research career as a systems neuroscientist has been centered on measuring the brain in different states of consciousness using electrophysiology. Two ways to study conscious transitions empirically are by investigating the brain during sleep and while under anesthesia. I spent my doctoral and early postdoctoral work studying how sleep improves learning and memory at the neural network level. Currently, I study the brain activity associated with anesthetic state transitions to broaden my understanding of the neural dynamics associated with altered conscious states. In fact, the brain shares similar electrophysiological activity patterns during sleep with some anesthetic transitions. With anesthetics, however, one can compare how different anesthetic agents interact with different neuromodulatory systems to cause similar behavior outcomes (i.e. sedation and unconsciousness).

My current projects include exploring and evaluating different computational approaches to quantify anesthetic depth using electrophysiology in various anesthetic protocols, identifying perioperative anesthesia risk factors for poor cognitive outcomes, and understanding the influence of anesthesia on neural circuits in patients with epilepsy. A thorough characterization of the brain activity associated with brain state transitions during anesthesia administration is of critical importance to better monitor patients and improve outcomes.

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.


Kevin Graber, MD
Clinical 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 Associate 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.


Yi Li, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Yi Li received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Central South University in China, conducting her Ph.D. research as a visiting graduate student at UCLA. She received two national grants in China to research the role of neurogenesis in animal models of refractory temporal lobe epilepsy. Dr. Li received her residency training from University of Massachusetts Medical School, during which time she received a Safety and Quality Award from the American Academy of Neurology. She then continued her training as an epilepsy clinical and research fellow at Stanford. She is interested in medically refractory epilepsy management, epilepsy clinical research, precision medicine and genetics in epilepsy, and improving quality of patient care.


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
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.


Babak Razavi, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant 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.


Adult Epilepsy Fellows

Zachary Davey, DO, MS

Zach received his B.A. in anthropology at the University of Florida. He went on to complete a post-baccalaureate in chemistry at the University of North Florida. Following completion, he worked at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL developing therapeutics for organophosphate poisoning on a Department of Defense grant. He completed a M.S. at the University of South Florida in anatomy where his master’s thesis was on the non-motor manifestations of Parkinson’s disease. While at USF, he worked in molecular modeling developing Alzheimer’s disease therapeutics targeting heat shock proteins.  Zach went to Nova Southeastern University for his D.O., and was commissioned into the U.S. Army through the Health Profession’s Scholarship Program. He finished his neurology residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. In his final year, he served as the chief resident. His academic interests include in post-traumatic epilepsy, drug development, and military policy.  


Tessa B. Johung, MD, PhD

Tessa received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and her medical degree at Stanford University. She also earned a PhD in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine from Stanford, using optogenetics to reveal how neuronal activity promotes glioma growth and progression in the lab of Michelle Monje. She completed her internship and neurology residency training at UCSF, where she worked in Anna Molofsky’s lab studying changes in cytokine signaling that might disrupt synapse homeostasis in epilepsy, before returning to Stanford for fellowship. In addition to her clinical interest in the longitudinal and cross-disciplinary aspects of caring for patients with epilepsy, she maintains a research interest in studying seizures and epileptogenesis in the context of synapse plasticity and brain tumors.

Ryan McGinn, MD, MASc, FRCP(C)

Ryan started his working career as a jazz musician in Toronto, Canada where he performed and taught saxophone, flute and clarinet.  He then returned to receive an honours BSc in biological physics with high distinction and a master degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto.  His work there involved understanding communication between layers of the human cortex.  He then earned his MD from the University of Calgary, and completed his neurology residency at McMaster University, where he served as chief neurology resident.  His academic interests include electrophysiological network markers for surgical and neuromodulation outcomes in medically refractory epilepsy.


Kurt Qing, MD, PhD

Kurt earned his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University, his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine, and his doctorate degree in Neuroengineering at Purdue University, focusing on electrical stimulation and recording in animal models. He then completed Neurology residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and started an Epilepsy fellowship at Stanford University. He is pursuing an academic career with research interests in neurostimulation and recording as well as devices and implants.

Erica Von Stein, MD

Erica graduated summa cum laude with a B.​E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, where she attended on a 4-year full tuition merit scholarship.  She earned her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  At Penn she was awarded a Guggenheim Neurosurgery Research Fellowship.  She completed her internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center followed by Neurology residency at Stanford. Her research interests broadly include brain-computer interface, surgical epilepsy, network neuroscience, comparative epilepsy. 


Teresa Wu, MD

Dr. Wu is a true Stanford prodigy, obtaining her bachelor’s in human biology with honors, her medical degree and neurology residency certification from The Farm. Now in her 12th year of training at Stanford University, she has been in various leadership positions, previously president of Teen Relationship Abuse Prevention and Community Service Organization at Stanford University, president of the Student Interest Group in Neurology, manager of medical student organized Arbor Women’s Health Free Clinic, and others. She has taught in neurobiology and neurology courses and was the recipient of the neurology resident Robert Fisher and Jeffrey Dunn Teaching Award. Her interests are varied including cognitive issues of epilepsy, health care access for epilepsy patients, global health, and she does field observations of neurological development during infancy when not at Stanford.


Advanced Practice Providers

Mimi Callanan, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC
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

Bonnie Pamiroyan has been with the Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center since 1994. She received her BSN from Baylor University, and her MSN from Holy Names College.  She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California. Providing patient care services as a Family Nurse Practitioner to patients with epilepsy, a special focus of her practice has been providing pregnancy and family planning/health management to women with epilepsy.

Tenzin D. Lama, DNP, FNP, CNL, RN
Nurse Practitioner

Tenzin Lama received her DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) with Family Nurse Practitioner degree from University of San Francisco. She has also received her MSN- CNL (Clinic Nurse Leader) from the same university. Tenzin joined the Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in 2016 and has been working as a Nurse Practitioner in providing care and coordination of services for patients with Epilepsy.