Dr. Lacuey Lecumberri received her medical training from the University of Navarra in Spain in 2007. She completed her residency in Neurology at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona in 2012. Subsequently, she trained in epilepsy and neurophysiology with a two year fellowship at Case Western Reserve University and joined the faculty there in 2016. She received her PhD (cum laude) at  Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2018 for a thesis on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. She was successfully recruited July 2019 to McGovern Medical School as Assistant Professor with the Department of Neurology. She has co-authored many papers, which have been published in Neurology, JAMA Neurology and Epilepsy. Her current research studies include “the analysis of breathing during epileptic seizures” and “the localization of brain areas involved in breathing regulation”. She is a reviewer of epilepsy peer-reviewed journals and a member of the American Epilepsy Society.


Medical Degree
University of Navarra - Pamplona, Spain
Graduate Degree
Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona, Spain
Research, Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH
Neurophysiology and Epilepsy - University Hospitals of Cleveland - Cleveland, OH
Neurology, Vall d'Hebron University Hospital - Barcelona, Spain

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy
Stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG)
Clinical Neurophysiology
Intraoperative Monitoring
Critical Care EEG

Research Interests

Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy
Electrical Stimulation for Brain Mapping


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1. Ictal Central Apnea (ICA) may be a useful semiological sign in invasive epilepsy surgery evaluations. Nuria Lacuey, Normal J. Hupp, Johnson Hampson and Samden Lhatoo. Epilepsy Research, 2019 Jul 10. PMID: 31330483.

2. Postictal serotonin levels are associated with peri-ictal apnea. Murugesan A, Rani MRS, Vilella L, Lacuey N, Hampson JP, Faingold CL, Friedman D, Devinsky O, Sainju RK, Schuele S, Diehl B, Nei M, Harper RM, Bateman LM, Richerson G, Lhatoo SD. Neurology, 2019 Sep 4.

3. The association of serotonin reuptake inhibitors and benzodiazepines with ictal central apnea. Nuria Lacuey, Rita Martins, Laura Vilella, Johnson P. Hampson, M. R., Sandhya Rani, Kingman Strohl, Anita Zaremba, Jaison S. Hampson, Rup K. Sainju, Daniel Friedman, Maromi Nei, Catherine Scott, Brian K Gehlbach, Norma J. Hupp, Stephan Schuele, Jennifer Ogren , Ronald M. Harper, Luke Allen, Beate Diehl, Lisa M. Bateman, Orrin Devinsky, George B. Richerson and Samden Lhatoo. Neurology 2019 Sep 4. PMID: 31484709

4. Limbic and paralimbic structures driving ictal central apnea. Lacuey N, Hampson J, Miller J, Harper R and Lhatoo S. Neurology, 2019, Jan. 11. PMID: 30635481

5. The incidence and significance or periictal apnea in epileptic seizures. Lacuey N, Zonjy B, Hampson JP, Rani MRS, Zaremba A, Sainju RK, Gehlbach BK, Schuele S, Friedman D, Devinsky O, Nei M, Harper RM, Allen L, Diehl B, Millichap JJ, Bateman L, Granner MA, Dragon DN, Richerson GB, Lhatoo SD. Epilepsia. 2018 March;59(3):573-582.