The Epilepsy and Movement Disorders Program, under the direction of Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez, MD—with the assistance of Danielle Corson, PA-C—at the University of Pittsburgh encompasses the treatment of movement disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and epilepsy. These brain diseases are similar in that successful neurosurgical treatment requires an expert understanding of the involved brain networks and their potential for modulation by functional neurosurgical procedures, as well as multidisciplinary teams that deliver surgical care to these special groups of patients.
UPMC Presbyterian also houses the region’s foremost center for the comprehensive neurosurgical treatment of all types of adult epilepsy, including epilepsy caused by lesions visible on MRI (sclerosis, dysplasia, brain tumors, cavernous malformations) and epilepsy where the seizure onset location is not obvious and must be discovered by intracranial monitoring, including stereo-electroencephalography. Part of the University of Pittsburgh Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, the surgery program is one of the busiest in the nation, offering the latest treatments, including responsive neurostimulation and laser thermal ablation, for patients suffering from multiple types of epilepsy. In August 2016, the Epilepsy and Movement Disorders Program became the only program in western Pennsylvania to adopt the ROSA stereotactic robotic system for implantation of electrodes in stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG) surgeries.