MUSC Epilepsy Faculty
Director of Epilepsy Division
Associate Director for Epilepsy Research
Associate Professor of Neurology, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Leo Bonilha Laboratory
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Professor of Neurology, Director of the Translational Research Unit, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience Institute, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Associate Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Professor of Neurology, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Neurophysiology Lab
Professor, Neurology, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Associate Professor of Neurology, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Dual Appointments with Department of Pediatrics
Liliana Banari M.D.
Sonal Bhatia M.B.B.S.
Emma Grace Carter M.D.
The MUSC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center offers advanced diagnostics, multidisciplinary planning and a full spectrum of medical and surgical therapies. Our team of clinicians and researchers are all working together in leading-edge facilities designed specifically for the needs of the epilepsy patient. Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has been designated a Level 4 Epilepsy Center –the highest designation given by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. This NAEC accreditation recognizes extensive expertise and truly comprehensive care in the medical, surgical, social, and psychological management of epilepsy.
The overall treatment goal is to eliminate epilepsy in each patient’s life, often removing a barrier that has compromised every aspect of living for years. Dedicated epilepsy nursing and social work help ensure excellent case management and compliance, as well as a smooth transition to life-after-epilepsy.
Our Team brings together medical and surgical specialists who have devoted their careers to the management of epilepsy. Patient care is supported by a wide variety of specialists from the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, neurophysiology, nursing, radiology, psychiatry, speech and language pathology, social work and research.
Academics & Clinical Programs
This program was established in 2014 to provide an opportunity for the internationally trained neurologists. The principal aim of the program is to train eligible applicants in neurophysiological procedures. The program shares the same didactic lectures provided to clinical fellows as well as hands-on training by individual attending physician applicants are also encouraged to conduct and participate in research projects they are interested in. Most of the applicants should be eligible to sit for the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (ABCN) exam at the end of their 1-year fellowship.
Refractory Epilepsy Conference is our multi-disciplinary, weekly conference to discuss surgical and challenging cases. We invite referring providers to participate in our conference via tele communication when their patients are reviewed. Our team collaborates to develop treatment options to improve our patient’s epilepsy and quality of life.
Dr. Leo Bonilha also runs an epilepsy lab where students, residents and fellows can research and begin to understand why epilepsy occurs, and why seizures can be very difficult to control in some people in spite of medication or surgery. In the lab, how the brain creates language and why neurological problems can affect the ability to understand and produce speech. The main tool used in my lab is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a focus on diffusion imaging and brain connectivity. I collaborate with the Center for Biomedical Imaging at MUSC, and we explore new forms of analyzing the structure and connections of Main Collaborators
The MUSC CBI is a multidisciplinary group at MUSC which produces significant innovations in imaging sequences and processing. At CBI, my main collaborators are Ali Tabesh, Joe Helpern, Truman Brown, and Jens Jensen.
University of South Carolina (USC) Aphasia Laboratory
The lab at USC has been dynamically evaluating how language can be impaired as a result of acquired brain damage. My main collaborators are Julius Fridriksson and Chris Rorden.
This program supports South Carolina’s community hospitals by providing needed subspecialty services to patients across the state.
Access to specialty Health care services in rural areas is a well-known problem throughout the country, and South Carolina is no exception. Rural hospitals typically lack the resources and population base to support subspecialty providers, so patients in need of subspecialty services must often travel or be transported long distances to receive the care they need. MUSC Health’s Inpatient and Emergency Teleconsultation Program addresses this problem by providing community hospitals with subspecialty teleconsultation services that can improve the quality of care, reduce costs, and keep patients in their own communities.
Research and Education in Epilepsy Fund (REEF)
The Research and Education in Epilepsy Fund was established in 2007 to support innovations in epilepsy in South Carolina as well as the coastal regions of North Carolina and Georgia.
Research: Money that is raised by REEF is used for initiation of new, creative epilepsy research. Creative new research projects often have trouble getting started, due to a lack of funding. Larger, more established, and conventional research is typically supported by large government research grants. However, new ideas usually need "pilot studies" to show promise, before major funding can be pursued. REEF provides support for such new ideas, enabling them to get off the ground, and to see if the projects have promise.
Education: Part of the money raised by REEF is also used for education of patients, caregivers, and young Health care professionals.