The Epilepsy and Movement Disorders Program, under the direction of Jorge A. Gonzalez-Martinez, MD, PhD—with the assistance of Danielle Corson, PA-C—at the University of Pittsburgh encompasses the treatment of movement disorders, psychiatry disorder, and epilepsy. These brain diseases are similar in that successful neurosurgical treatment requires an expert understanding of the involved brain networks and their potential for modulation by functional neurosurgical procedures, as well as multidisciplinary teams that deliver surgical care to these special groups of patients.
UPMC Presbyterian also houses the region’s foremost center for the comprehensive neurosurgical treatment of all types of adult epilepsy, including epilepsy caused by lesions visible on MRI (sclerosis, dysplasia, brain tumors, cavernous malformations) and epilepsy where the seizure onset location is not obvious and must be localized by intracranial monitoring, including stereo-electroencephalography. Part of the University of Pittsburgh Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, the surgery program is one of the busiest in the nation, offering the latest less invasive and conventional surgical treatments, including responsive neurostimulation, laser thermal ablation, deep brain stimulation and endoscopic resections for patients suffering from multiple types of epilepsy. Dr Gonzalez-Martinez, co-director of the epilepsy center, has the country’s largest experience in SEEG implantations, SEEG guided resections and neuromodulation surgeries, with more than 3,000 succesful surgical procedures performed. In order to promote an optimal safety profile and seizure outcome, procedures are performed under robotic guidance. The University of Pittsburgh has the largest experience in robotic neurosurgery in the country and was one of the first institutions in the country adopting the novel technology.
In addition to clinical activities, the Epilepsy and Movement Disorder Program is considered one the premier programs in the country regarding translational and basic science research, working in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neuroscience and the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Biomedical Engineering. The program’s research activites are conducted through the University of Pittsburgh Cortical Systems Laboratory