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Epilepsy Innovations: New advances in epilepsy treatment options
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez, MD

  • Neurological Institute
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Epilepsy Center
  • Cleveland Clinic

Silvia Neme-Mercante, MD

  • Neurological Institute
  • Neurologist
  • Epilepsy Center and Sleep Disorders Center
  • Cleveland Clinic

Chetan Malpe, MD

  • Neurological Institute
  • Epileptolgist
  • Epilepsy Center
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in our country, affecting approximately 2.5 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds. Remarkable advances in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy have been made in recent years. We invite you to take this opportunity to have your questions answered by three specialists from Cleveland Clinic’s Epilepsy Center in both our Cleveland and Weston, FL locations.

At Cleveland Clinic’s Epilepsy Center, we are propelled forward by one question: How can we improve the diagnostic capabilities, medical and surgical treatment options we offer patients? The simple answer? Innovation. Our team is continually searching for basic science breakthroughs and novel clinical applications that can help improve outcomes and quality of life. New, increasingly effective medical and surgical strategies are continually being developed which could open up additional treatment options for more epilepsy patients.

At Cleveland Clinic, we have one of the largest, most comprehensive programs in the world for the evaluation, medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy in children and adults.

Pediatric and adult neurologists; neurosurgeons; neuroradiologists; nuclear medicine physicians; nurse specialists; pharmacologists; physical, occupational and speech therapists; dietitians; neuropsychologists and psychiatrists; educational counselors and social workers; and an array of scientists and technologists all work together to offer individualized care to adults and children.

Our Epilepsy Center has a long tradition of delivering advanced, innovative care for patients of all ages with epilepsy by providing excellent clinical management and utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. We perform clinical and translational research to improve knowledge of epilepsy and to broaden diagnostic and treatment options for our patients. We also strive to train world-class academic epileptologists and clinical neurophysiologists.

Take advantage of this opportunity to have your questions answered by epilepsy specialists Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez MD, Chetan Malpe, MD, and Silvia Neme-Mercante, MD.

About the Doctors:
Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez, MD is a board-certified neurosurgeon in our Epilepsy Center in Cleveland. He received his medical degree from University of Sao Paulo Faculty of Medicine and he completed his residency and fellowship with Cleveland Clinic. His specialty interests include epilepsy surgery and medical treatment of epilepsy in children and adolescents, general neurosurgery, brain malformations causing epilepsy, brain tumors, mechanism of epileptogenesis, and vagus nerve stimulation.

Silvia Neme-Mercante, MD is a neurologist in our Epilepsy Center as well as our Sleep Disorders Center in Cleveland. She received her medical degree from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba-Argentina and completed her residency and fellowships with Cleveland Clinic. Her specialty interests include medical and surgical treatment of adults with epilepsy as well as adult sleep disorders.

Chetan Malpe, MD is an epileptolgist in our Weston, FL office. He received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine, completed his residency at State University of New York Health Science Center and his fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. He is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society. His specialty interests include Epilepsy and Electroencephalogram (EEG)

To make an appointment with Dr. Gonzalez-Martinez, Dr. Neme-Mercante, or any of our Epilepsy specialists in Cleveland, please call 216.636.5860 or 866.588.2264. To make an appointment with Dr. Malpe or any of our Epilepsy specialists in Weston, FL please call 954.659.5671 or 877.463.2010. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/epilepsycenter.

This Health Chat will open on Monday, November 11, 2013 to allow you to submit questions. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.