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Epilepsy Clinical Staff


Charles M. Epstein, M.D., is Professor of Neurology and directs intra-operative neurophysiological monitoring. His clinical practice focuses on adult epilepsies, including diagnosis and treatment of seizures and planning for epilepsy surgery. His research interests include experimental epilepsy treatments, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and quantitative analysis of EEG.

Edward Faught, M.D., is Professor of Neurology and Associate Chief of Service.  Prior to coming to Emory, Dr. Faught was Director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Epilepsy Center.  Dr. Faught's research has focused on clinical trials of antiepileptic drugs, including the design, implementation, and interpretation of over 200 trials for 15 new medications. This research is designed to develop new medications with fewer side effects and better efficacy for specific epilepsy syndromes.  A second area of his research involves epidemiology and public health issues concerning epilepsy, especially among elderly adults.  The goal is to identify the scope of problems facing older adults with seizures and to highlight measures to improve the care of this neglected population.

Evan Gedzelman, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Neurology, and practices primarily at Grady Hospital.  His interests are epilepsy in pregnancy, AEDs in pregnancy (major congenital malformations and behavioral/cognitive effects of exposure), and research in education.  Dr. Gedzelman is Assistant Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship with Epilepsy Focus.

Suzette LaRoche, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of Neurophysiology, including the ICU EEG monitoring unit at Emory University Hospital. Her clinical practice emphasizes the management of adults with epilepsy, including diagnosis of seizures, treatment with epilepsy medications, vagus nerve stimulation and evaluation for epilepsy surgery. Her research focuses on continuous EEG monitoring in the ICU, quantitative EEG analysis for seizure detection, and the treatment of status epilepticus.  Other areas of interest include the impact of epilepsy on quality of life, and investigational drug, device and surgery trials for medically refractory epilepsy.

Larry D. Olson, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, and directs the epilepsy monitoring unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Egleston campus. His clinical practice emphasizes childhood epilepsies, including diagnosis of seizures, planning for epilepsy surgery, and treatment with epilepsy medications and vagus nerve stimulation.  His research interests include neuroimaging and new epilepsy therapies.

Leslie Rudzinski, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Neurology.  Her clinical responsibilities are primarily at Grady Hospital where she is Director of the EEG lab and EEG monitoring.  Dr. Rudzinski’s interests include in autoimmune/paraneoplastic causes of epilepsy, continuous EEG monitoring in the neurological ICU, and socioeconomic disparities in epilepsy care among different patient populations.

Angelica Silva, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Neurology with clinical responsibilities at Emory Midtown.

Naymee Velez-Ruiz, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Neurology.  In addition to her epilepsy responsibilities, she is also a hospitalist at Emory University Hospital. 


Robert A. Gross, M.D., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, and directs functional and stereotactic neurosurgery. His clinical practice emphasizes adult epilepsies, including planning for and performing epilepsy surgery and performing vagal nerve stimulator implantation. His research interests are new epilepsy surgical therapies, including deep brain stimulation and hippocampal stimulation, and investigational trials in the surgical treatments of movement disorders.


Daniel L. Drane, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, is Assistant Professor of Neurology.   His research interests involve using neurocognitive testing and neuroimaging techniques (DTI, structural volumetrics, fMRI) in the context of epilepsy surgery to better understand brain functions and to guide surgical approach to improve outcome.  Primary cognitive functions studied include object naming and fluency, object/face recognition, and semantic memory.

David W. Loring, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, is Director of the Neuropsychology Program in the Department of Neurology, and Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics.   Dr. Loring performs Wada testing for appropriate epilepsy surgery candidates.


Karen Kress, R.N., is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in epilepsy care in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Melanee Newman, R.N., is an Epilepsy Nurse Specialist and Research Nurse.

Diane Teagarden, R.N., is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in epilepsy care in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

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