McGovern Medical School

cmh-webinar-epilepsy-surgery-lpImageDate: Thursday, November 13
Time: Noon CST
Where: Online
To view the webinar, register HERE

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions, characterized by recurrent seizures that affect the nervous system. Each year, approximately 150,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy, including approximately 50,000 children and adolescents. The etiology of epilepsy includes a variety of causes including brain malformations, brain infections, brain tumors, metabolic or genetic conditions, infectious diseases such as meningitis or encephalitis, and trauma resulting in scarring.

Epilepsy affects each child differently depending on age, types of seizures, response to treatment and other health issues. About one-third of epilepsy cases are uncontrolled with medical therapy; about 50 percent of these patients can benefit from surgery. Successful diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy requires a comprehensive team of specialists and effective coordination among all disciplines to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Join an interactive discussion with neurosurgeons Manish Shah, M.D., and Nitin Tandon, M.D., and pediatric neurologist Gretchen Von Allmen, M.D.,on Thursday, November 13 at noon, to learn about the advanced diagnostic tools for pediatric epilepsy in children and the latest in treatment options at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. The doctors will answer questions submitted during the presentation.


  • Signs and symptoms of epilepsy
  • Treatment options for intractable or drug-resistant epilepsy
  • How to begin the epilepsy evaluation process
  • What to expect during the various phases of epilepsy evaluation
  • What to expect if your child has surgery
  • Follow-up care

About the Host

Dr. Manish Shah Manish Shah, M.D.

  • Fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeon specializing in pediatric epilepsy and spasticity surgery
  • Extensive research focusing on functional imaging of the brain and advanced MRI techniques in pediatric epilepsy and spasticity
  • Assistant professor, department of Pediatric Surgery, division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, UTHealth Medical School; affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center, and MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section and AANS/CNS Joint Pediatrics Section
Dr. Nitin Tandon Nitin Tandon, M.D.

  • Board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in the surgical management of medically refractory epilepsy as well as functional mapping and resection of intrinsic brain tumors
  • Director, Epilepsy Surgery, Mischer Neuroscience Institute
  • Associate professor, Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery, and associate professor, department of Pediatric Surgery, UTHealth Medical School
  • Co-author of several studies published in Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurosurgery, NeuroImage, Cerebral Cortex and Human Brain Mapping
  • Current research studies include Real-Time Network Modulation for Intractable Epilepsy (sponsored by the National Science Foundation) and studies of the networks involved in episodic memory, cognitive control and language production using intracranial electrophysiology (sponsored by the National Institutes of Health)
  • Member of the Texas Medical Association, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Organization of Human Brain Mapping, Society for Neuroscience and the American Epilepsy Society
Dr. Gretchen Von Allmen Gretchen Von Allmen, M.D.

  • Board-certified pediatric neurologist specializing in epilepsy and epilepsy surgery
  • Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Program; chief of Pediatric Epilepsy, Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program; and co-director, West Syndrome Center of Excellence, UTHealth Medical School
  • Co-director, Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital
  • Associate professor, division of Child and Adolescent Neurology, department of Pediatrics, UTHealth Medical School
  • Member of the Child Neurology Society, American Epilepsy Society, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, and board member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas, Houston Chapter, and American Clinical Magnetoencephalography Society (ACMEGS)
  • Author of nearly 50 presentations, chapters, articles and abstract presentations focused on pediatric epilepsy research

November 7, 2014