My name is Dr. Arthur Grant and I am director of the Epilepsy Center here at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. I grew up mostly in the Boston area, but have lived all over the country, from Ohio to Michigan to California to Georgia. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology from MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and then stayed at MIT for a PhD in Neurophysiology in which I studied primarily vision. I went to medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and then completed my residency in Neurology and fellowship training in Epilepsy at Emory University in Atlanta. I came to SUNY Downstate in 2008 and have been here ever since. I became interested particularly in epilepsy for several reasons. One of them is that the experiences that some patients with epilepsy have during their seizures are just fascinating. They also provide us with a unique window into how the brain works.
Also, we have a large number of effective medications for treating epilepsy. And just in the last few years, there are some devices that have become available, such as the responsive neurostimulator and deep brain stimulation, that can be effective for treating epilepsy in patients whose seizures are not controlled with medication. So unlike some other diseases, we really have the opportunity to help patients achieve complete seizure control and live normal lives. I hope you’ve enjoyed my videos here on Doctorpedia. And if you are living with epilepsy or know someone who is living with epilepsy and you’re in the New York area, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment at the SUNY Downstate Epilepsy Center.