What are Infantile Spasms and Why the Urgency to Treat?
Oct 25, 2017 6:45 PM - 7:00 PM PDT
Dr. Andrew Mower specializes in children with neurological disorders with an emphasis on children with epilepsy. Dr. Mower received his medical education at St. George’s University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and pediatric residency at Maimonides Medical Center followed by a Child Neurology Residency at SUNY Downstate both in Brooklyn, NY. After finishing an Epilepsy Fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, he transferred to California to practice at CHOC Children’s.
Prior to coming to CHOC Children’s, Dr. Mower worked at the Children’s Hospital of Central California in Madera, CA and as a Assistant Professor of Neurosciences though UCSD at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA. During his time as an attending physician, he has cared for children with neurological disorders, with an emphasis on the care of children with epilepsy. He has been involved with local support groups such as the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego as a professional adviser.
Dr. Mower is board certified in child neurology and clinical neurophysiology. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society, and the American Epilepsy Society.
Daniel Shrey, MD
Latest Research Update on Infantile Spasms
Oct 25, 2017 7:20 PM - 7:40 PM PDT
As a pediatric neurologist and epilepsy specialist, Dr. Shrey’s clinical interests include infantile spasms, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, refractory epilepsy, intracranial monitoring, epilepsy surgery, and healthcare quality improvement. His research interests include using quantitative methods to analyze and understand epileptic disorders, such as infantile spasms and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, as well as applying modern technology to solve complex questions that arise in patients with neurological conditions. With his background in biomedical engineering, he is working to bring multiple advances in neuroimaging to CHOC Children’s including PET-MRI fusion, three dimensional CT and MRI reconstruction, and intracranial electrode localization for epilepsy surgery planning.
Since joining CHOC Children’s in July 2014, Dr. Shrey has worked with the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center to advance the standard of care for children with epilepsy through the development of new technology and quality improvement measures. He has served as a liaison between CHOC Children’s and other research groups, including UCLA, UC Irvine, and the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium. He has developed research collaborations with UC Irvine neuroscientists and was recently awarded one of the inaugural UC Irvine “ CHOC Children’s Research Foundation Collaborative Research Grants to study quantitative biomarkers in patients with infantile spasms. He has also developed an online digital curriculum for the epilepsy fellowship program at CHOC “ UC Irvine, including an atlas of EEG findings, a library of journal articles, and a collection of lectures covering many salient topics within pediatric epilepsy.
Dr. Shrey is board certified in child neurology, clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy. He holds a bachelor’s of science in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, attended medical school at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and completed his pediatrics and child neurology training at UCLA. He also completed a subspecialty fellowship in pediatric epilepsy at CHOC Children’s and UC Irvine. He is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, the American Epilepsy Society, the American Academy of Neurology, and the Orange County Medical Association.
Maija-Riikka Steenari, MD
As a pediatric neurologist and epilepsy specialist, Dr. Steenari’s clinical interests include neurometabolic diseases, infantile spasms, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, refractory epilepsy, intracranial monitoring and epilepsy surgery. Her research interests include understanding epileptic disorders, such as infantile spasms and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, investigating different treatment options in patient with refractory epilepsy and quality of life in patients with epilepsy.
Since joining CHOC Children’s, Dr. Steenari has worked with the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center to advance the standard of care for children with epilepsy, and she collaborates with the CHOC Metabolic specialists in the conjoined Neurometabolic Clinic.
Dr. Steenari is board certified in in child neurology and clinical neurophysiology. She attended medical school at University of Helsinki Medical Faculty in Helsinki Finland, and completed her pediatric residency at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles California and child neurology training at CHOC Children’s and UC Irvine. She also completed a subspecialty fellowship in pediatric epilepsy at CHOC Children’s and UC Irvine. She is a member of the American Epilepsy Society, the American Academy of Neurology, and the Orange County Medical Association.
Lily Tran, MD
Introductions and Case Presentation
Oct 25, 2017 6:30 PM - 6:45 PM PDT
Dr. Lily Tran is currently the co-director for Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic as part of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance TSC Clinic Network and directs the Comprehensive Ketogenic Diet Clinic. Her special interests include epilepsy and neonatal neurology. Dr. Tran attended medical school at University of Rochester, New York. She completed her internship and residency at the Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital. She served her fellowship at both the Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital and University Hospital. Philosophy of Care: “It’s teamwork between myself and the family/primary caregiver to provide the best care for my patients.”
Mary Zupanc, MD
Treatment and Management
Oct 25, 2017 7:00 PM - 7:20 PM PDT
Dr. Mary Zupanc is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of California-Irvine (UCI). She is also the Division Chief of Pediatric Neurology UCI/Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the Director of the Pediatric Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, and the Program Director for the UCI Pediatric Neurology Residency Program. Dr. Zupanc received her undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison in 1974 and her MD degree from UCLA in 1979. She completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Washington—Seattle/ Harbor –UCLA Medical Center and her pediatric neurology training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the mentorship of Dr. Raymond Chun. Subsequently, her training in epilepsy has been broad, with additional training at the University of Wisconsin, UCLA, and Stanford University. She was instrumental in the development of comprehensive pediatric epilepsy programs at the Mayo Clinic, Columbia University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and currently, the University of California-Irvine/Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Dr. Zupanc is board certified in Pediatrics, Neurology with special competency in Child Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Epilepsy. She has published many articles in peer reviewed journals on a variety of topics, including neonatal seizures, infantile spasms, outcomes of pediatric epilepsy surgery, and the efficacy of felbamate in intractable pediatric epilepsy. Dr. Zupanc has been a member of the Child Neurology Society (CNS) and the American Epilepsy Society (AES) since the early 1980s. She has had an active role in the CNS and has served on several committees, including Membership, Electronics, and Legislative Committees. She has also been active in AES, serving as the co-chairperson for the Women with Epilepsy SIG. She is currently on the Nominating Committee of the AES. Dr. Zupanc has been a member of the Professors of Child Neurology (PCN) for many years. In addition, Dr. Zupanc has served on the ABPN Maintenance of Certification Committee and has recently completed her tenure on the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties. Dr. Zupanc has also been a program director for pediatric neurology residency training programs at the University of Wisconsin and the University of California-Irvine. She is passionate about education and has been given multiple awards for teaching recognition and clinical care.