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Advances in Diagnosis and Management of Epilepsy

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Most patients with epilepsy in the USA receive some form of therapy, but there are problems with misdiagnosis, under-diagnosis, incorrect choice of therapy, and limited evaluation and treatment of associated complications. Approximately one-third of people with epilepsy continue to experience seizures despite medical treatment. Uncontrolled seizures place the patient at risk for multiple co-morbidities and lead to frequent ER visits, hospitalizations, unnecessary therapies, and increased mortality. There have been several advances in the management of epilepsy in the last few years.

This conference is designed to help physicians and advanced practice clinicians use modern approaches to establish an accurate diagnosis, identify those failing medical treatment and evaluate the broad range of treatment options available to improve seizure control and quality of life for patients with epilepsy.

Target Audience

This program is designed for physicians in family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, psychiatry and neurosurgery. Advanced practice providers, residents, fellows, students and nurses are also encouraged to attend.



Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Fee is $99, which includes cost of instruction, all listed meals and online handout materials.

Registrations received after April 4, 2019, will incur a $25 late fee.


Cancellations received later than March 29, 2019, will incur a $25 processing fee.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is filled or canceled.


April 5, 2019, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • 7:30 a.m. | Registration/Continental Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. | Welcome
    Jayant Acharya, MD, DM, FAES, FAAN, FACNS
    Michael Sather, MD
  • 8:15 a.m. | Diagnostic Approach to Seizures: What’s all the Convulsion About?
    Ashley Kundravi, CRNP, MSN
  • 8:45 a.m. | Essentials of High-Quality Neuroimaging in Epilepsy
    Krishnamoorthy Thamburaj, MD
  • 9:15 a.m. | Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention: From Neural Networks to Quality of Life
    Claire Flaherty, PhD
  • 9:45 a.m. | Overview of Psychosis in Epilepsy
    Aum Pathare, MD
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break
  • 10:30 a.m. | Not Little Adults: Management of Epilepsy in Children
    Gayatra Mainali, MD
  • 11 a.m. | Overview of Antiepileptic Drugs: is Newer Always Better?
    Khatuna Gurgenashvili, MD
  • 11:30 a.m. | Presurgical Evaluation: What to Expect When you are Expecting Surgery
    Vinita Acharya, MBBS, MD, FAES
  • Noon | Surgical Treatments for Epilepsy
    Michael Sather, MD
  • 12:30 p.m. | Lunch
  • 1:15 p.m. | Neurostimulation: Surgical Options beyond Resection
    Tiffany Fisher, MD, PhD
  • 1:45 p.m. | Medicated Diet Treatment in Intractable Epilepsy
    Moneer Sharafi, CRNP
    Holly Baker, MS, RD, LDN
  • 2:15 p.m. | Break
  • 2:30 p.m. | Management of Epilepsy in the Future: Quo Vadis?
    Jayant Acharya, MD, DM, FAES, FAAN, FACNS
  • 3 p.m. | Cannabis and Epilepsy: Myths and Facts
    William Trescher, MD
  • 3:30 p.m. | Adjournment

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Faculty

Jayant Acharya, MD, DM, FAES, FAAN, FACNS
Professor of Neurology
Chief, Epilepsy Division

Vinita Acharya, MBBS, MD, FAES
Associate Professor of Neurology

Holly Baker, MS, RD, LDA
Ketogenic Dietitian

Tiffany Fisher, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Claire Flaherty, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology

Ashley Kundravi, CRNP, MSN

Gayatra Mainali, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Aum Pathare, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Michael Sather, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Moneer Sharafi, NP, MSN

Krishnamoorthy Thamburaj, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology

William Trescher, MD
Professor of Pediatrics

Invited Faculty

Khatuna Gurgenashvili, MD
Staff Neurologist, Neurohospitalist
Parkway Neurosciences and Spine Institute
Summit Health
Chambersburg, PA


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.


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Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

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It is Penn State policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to mitigate any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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