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I joined the Neurosciences Program of Cook Children's in 2009 as a pediatric epileptologist, then served as the Medical Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex clinic before assuming the role of Medical Director of Neurology in 2016. My clinical and research interests focus on the treatment of childhood onset epilepsy, specifically those patients with uncontrolled epilepsy or those for which the cause has not been determined. I have an intense interest in the use of surgical therapies to treat and cure epilepsy. The majority of my research has investigated the use of multimodal imaging techniques to localize seizure onset, as well as the description of patient and disease characteristics that predict favorable outcomes from surgical therapies. The pool of candidates which may benefit from surgical therapy continues to expand and I came to Cook Children's specifically because the staff of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and Comprehensive Epilepsy Program were dedicated to improving the care of children with epilepsy through cutting-edge techniques, research, and concern for their patients' wellbeing.
In addition to my interest in surgical therapies, I care for a number of patients with epilepsy secondary to genetic disease. As our understanding of epilepsy has progressed and the sophistication of genetic testing has evolved, many new gene mutations have been discovered which lead to epilepsy. These syndromes often have certain characteristics for which treatment choices may be altered and outcome changed based on understanding the genetic mutation present. Many patients may have suffered years with uncontrolled epilepsy of unknown cause, but upon reevaluation a diagnosis may be made. With these patients in mind, I created the Genetic Epilepsy Clinic at Cook Children's, along with my partners in genetics, to improve the diagnosis, understanding, and treatment of children with these rare conditions.
Outside of my clinical and research interests, I serve on a number of local, national, and international committees dedicated to improving the care of childhood onset epilepsy. My free time is often spent with my wife and two daughters- usually at one of their dance competitions. I enjoy music of all types as well as collecting art, especially pieces related to the blues and my childhood home of the Mississippi Delta region.
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