Brigham and Women’s Epilepsy Fellowship Programs

The Brigham and Women’s Epilepsy Fellowship training programs are organized to provide the intellectual environment, formal instruction, peer interaction and broad supervised clinical experience necessary for fellows to master the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to the practice of clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy.

The Clinical Neurophysiology program, founded by the late clinician and researcher, Edward B. Bromfield, MD, has been accredited by the ACGME since 2000. In 2016, the Brigham acquired the new ACGME fellowship in Epilepsy. These leading-edge programs prepares neurologists to progress into a subspecialty epilepsy practice, research or teaching career in clinical neurophysiology. Central to the program is the fellow’s attainment, at the level of a new practitioner, of the six ACGME core competencies in the areas of patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. The program is designed to foster the development of well-rounded, competent clinical and academic clinical neurophysiologists. We value a strong commitment to the highest standards of patient care. We require candidates to select research and quality improvement projects and other scholarly experiences, as well as first rate mentors.

Each rotation includes experiences and formal evaluation of outcomes designed to ensure the development of competent graduates in clinical neurophysiology. Fellows in this program participate in a structured core clinical and educational experience, with rotations at Brigham and Women’s/Children’s Hospital Boston. The lectureship is jointly shared with the Massachusetts General Hospital epilepsy program. The Bromfield Epilepsy Center fellowships are under the direction and supervision of Program Directors Barbara Dworetzky, MD and Ellen Bubrick, MD.

General Goals

The overall educational goals of the training programs are to help fellows develop an understanding of the role of clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy in the comprehensive care of patients in inpatient, outpatient and acute care settings. Fellows are provided with extensive clinical/technical experience in the performance of clinical neurophysiologic examinations and trained in the clinical evaluation and management of patients with epilepsy or neuromuscular diseases. Fellows are intended to achieve proficiency in performing and interpreting clinical neurophysiologic tests and understanding the relevance of tests in the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic disease. They are expected to learn the skill of reporting results to other professionals and to patients in understandable language and with sensitivity for the meaning of these results. The training programs provide opportunities to develop knowledge, clinical skills and professional attitudes that result in the best possible patient care. We expect our fellows to be motivated self-learners who actively participate in their own educational plan under the supervision of our faculty. Fellows will develop growing competence in clinical service, consultation, teaching and research.

Our Faculty

The Brigham and Women’s Epilepsy Fellowship programs bring together an outstanding group of specialists from a variety of disciplines, with a wide variety of clinical and research interests.

Administrative Faculty:

Barbara Dworetzky, MD
Chief, Epilepsy
Program Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Program (CNP)
Director, EEG and LTM monitoring

Ellen J. Bubrick, MD
Neurophysiologist, BWH

General Faculty BWH:

Anthony Amato, MD
Chief, EMG/Neuromuscular, BWH

David McCarthy, MD
Neurophysiologist, BWH

Steven A. Greenberg, MD
EMG/Neuromuscular, BWH 

Tracey Milligan, MD
EEG/Epilepsy, BWH/Faulkner

Shahram Khoshbin, MD
Neurophysiologist, BWH

Milena Pavlova, MD
Director, Sleep Lab, BWH/Faulkner

Jong Woo Lee, MD, PhD
ICU Monitoring, BWH

Page B. Pennell, MD
Director, Epilepsy Research 

General Faculty BCH:

Phillip Pearl, MD
Director of Epilepsy/CNP

Tobias Loddenkemper, MD
Assistant in Neurology, CH

Ann Bergin, MD 
Neurophysiologist, CH

Annapurna Poduri, MD
Assistant in Neurology, CH

Frank Duffy, MD, PhD
Senior Associate in Neurology, CH

Sanjay Rakhade, PhD
Epilepsy Research, CH

Alex Rotenberg, MD 
Assistant in Neurology, CH

Mark Libenson, MD
Director of EEG Lab, CH

Masanori Takeoka, MD
Assistant in Neurology, CH

Our Facilities

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a 750-bed general hospital with a general neurology ward service and with an average census of 20. There is a Neurology-Neurosurgery ICU (9C and 9D) with 20 beds, all wired for EEG monitoring. The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit has four wired beds with a built-in video camera in the ceiling of the private rooms located on 10C and 10D. There is a video-EEG server for portable monitoring, emergency neurology and consult services; two inpatient neurosurgical services; an active Emergency Department with Level 1 Trauma Center; a large EMG laboratory and neuromuscular subspecialty clinic; a world renowned sleep laboratory; and outpatient clinic facilities including general neurology and epilepsy clinics, a first seizure clinic and a women’s neurology division with an epilepsy and pregnancy clinic.

Children's Hospital, Boston, is one of the largest and best pediatric medical centers in the United States. Children’s Hospital offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age. The Epilepsy/EEG program has a six-bed epilepsy monitoring unit, with full surgical capabilities, under the direction of Blaise Bourgeois, MD. Children’s Hospital is adjacent to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and connected via an indoor corridor. Fellows attend conferences, lectures and research symposia and have access to clinical material at this large pediatric facility.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston are both accredited by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAHO). The Training Program is approved by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education’s Residency Review Committee for one year of training. An optional second year serves as a supplement to this ACGME-approved fellowship for candidates interested in advanced training and research in epilepsy and EEG.

How to Apply

Applicants interested in applying for any of the Epilepsy Training programs must be board certified, or eligible in Neurology or Child Neurology, and should send a letter describing their career goals and a curriculum vitae, with three letters of reference, as well as copies of USMLE scores (international applicants only) to Erin O’Reilly, BWH Neurology, 60 Fenwood Road, Boston, MA 02115.

Applications may also be sent electronically by email to:

Erin O'Reilly
Medical Education Program Coordinator
Eoreilly@bwh.harvard.edu
60 Fenwood Road
Boston, MA 02115
Ph. 617-525-7846

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