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Epilepsy and EEG

Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Welcome to the Yale Division of Epilepsy and EEG. The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center provides promising options for many adult and pediatric patients with epilepsy. Internationally known for clinical excellence and innovative research, this program was one of the nation's first and has evolved into one of the most active and advanced in the world.

Yale is internationally recognized as a leader in treatment for medically intractable and new onset epilepsy. This multidisciplinary program includes epileptologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, and psychiatrists. Nurses, technicians, technical staff, and administrative staff complete the team. Outpatient facilities include an adult epilepsy monitoring unit, pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit, and a technologically advanced operating suite.

The program provides educational opportunities and training for physicians, students, patients and their families. Referring physicians can send patients for consultations, specific procedures or clinical trials, and comprehensive evaluations.

Faculty

Clinical Staff

Clinical Research Staff

  • Robert Duckrow

    Associate Research Scientist; Chief, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

    Robert Duckrow received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Brown University and his M.D. from the Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a Neurology residency at Yale and a research fellowship in cerebral blood flow and metabolism at the University of Miami, Florida, School of Medicine. At the Pennsylvania State University he studied cerebrovascular mechanisms during ischemia and later the care and study of patients with epilepsy. He was a founding member of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He moved to the University of Connecticut Health Center and established their inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit while acting as the Director of the Neurophysiology Laboratory. He collaborated with the Yale Epilepsy Program to analyze the intracranial EEG of patients with intractable epilepsy. He joined Yale’s department of Neurology in 2002 as a member of the Epilepsy Program and collaborated with Drs Hitten Zaveri and Susan Spencer on the development of quantitative methods of intracranial EEG analysis, with specific interests in seizure prediction, the interpretation of cerebral electrical fields, and the regional interaction of brain electrical activity during seizure onset and propagation. As a senior epileptologist in the Epilepsy Surgery Program he provided inpatient and outpatient care of patients with medically intractable epilepsy, was the principal investigator of clinical trials to study the safety and efficacy of an implantable neurostimulator system for epilepsy, and provided clinical support to research teams by interpreting and classifying the intracranial EEG data in relation to their specific protocols. Retiring from clinical practice in 2017, he continues to pursue his research interests within the Epilepsy Program.

Administrative Staff