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Living With Epilepsy: Innovative Treatments and Therapies

Presented by The George Washington University Hospital

Are you or someone you know living with epilepsy? Physicians at the GW Epilepsy Center share the latest treatments and innovative therapies to help you live life with confidence and ease. Join our panelist of physicians for a virtual discussion.

To schedule a virtual or in-person appointment with one of our epilepsy specialists, call 1-888-4GW-DOCS (449-3627) or visit gwhospital.com/epilepsy

Topics will include:
  • Overview of epilepsy diagnosis and treatment.
  • "My doctor told me I don't have epilepsy, but I am still having seizures!" The mimickers of epileptic seizures and how to diagnose them.
  • Seeing the seizure focus: MRI and advanced brain imaging for successful treatment of epilepsy.
  • Advances in epilepsy treatment with diet and neuromodulation.
  • Special considerations for women with epilepsy.
  • New medications for the treatment of epilepsy.


The George Washington University Hospital Epilepsy Center, has been recognized as a "Level 4 Epilepsy Center,” the highest distinction awarded by The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Level 4 centers meet the highest standard of care, provide the most in­tensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, as well as the most extensive medi­cal, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatments available. The specialists at the GW Epilepsy Center understand treatments should be personalized. To accurately and effectively make a diagnosis, the GW Epilepsy Center provides inpatient and outpatient facilities equipped with imaging and electroencephalogram (EEG) technologies to map out the locations of abnormal brain activity. The Center also offers 24-hour video-EEG monitoring of seizures, so patients can quickly receive a diagnosis and begin treatment. The George Washington University Hospital is ranked one of the best hospitals in the region by the 2020-2021 U.S. News and World Report.

Mohamad Koubeissi, MD
Dr. Mohamad Z. Koubeissi is a Professor at George Washington University and the Director of the Epilepsy Center at George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates in Washington, DC.

Dr. Koubeissi earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He then completed his residency at NYU School of Medicine in New York City and a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Koubeissi has been a featured medical expert on National Geographic Channel’s scientific documentary Breakthrough: Decoding the Brain in which he discusses novel treatments for epilepsy. He was voted as one of the Best Doctors in America, and serves as the Surgery and Devices Editor for the Epilepsy Foundation and Diplomate for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Koubeissi is a Fellow of the American Neurological Association, and he has published several articles in renowned medical journals. He edited or co-authored 4 textbooks and is a sought-out speaker at local and international major medical meetings.
Yamane Makke, MD
Dr. Makke is an assistant professor of Neurology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is board certified in Neurology, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology. His clinical epilepsy interests include medically refractory epilepsy, autoimmune epilepsy, and non-epileptic spells.

Dr. Makke earned both his B.S. and his medical degree (2010) at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He then spent 3 years as postdoctoral research fellow in epilepsy at the American University of Beirut (2010-2013). He completed his neurology residency at the George Washington University in 2017. He then pursued an epilepsy fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (2017-2018), then a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology/EEG at Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee (2018-2019). Dr. Makke speaks Arabic, French and English.
Andrew Becker, MD
Dr. Becker is a board certified neurologist with Medical Faculty Associates and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Science. He is also Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Becker’s background is in general neurology with a special focus on Epilepsy. He has extensive experience treating refractory epilepsy, particularly in patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also treats patients with other neurological conditions associated with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in adults. Dr. Becker is president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry. He is a member of the Health Care Advisory Board of the David H. Lawson Foundation and is a volunteer at the Arlington Free Clinic. He is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Medical Association. He is a Certified Medical Director through the Society for Post-acute and Long Term Care Medicine. Prior to joining GW Dr. Becker was the attending neurologist and Medical Director of the Northern Virginia Training Center.

Dr. Becker received his BS in Biology from State University of New York at Binghamton where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the James H. Wilmoth Award for Excellence in Biological Sciences. He attended Medical School at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at North Shore University Hospital/Cornell University Medical College in Manhasset, NY. He then completed his Neurology residency at North Shore University Hospital /Cornell University Medical College in Manhasset, NY.
Anumeha Sharma Sheth, MD
Anumeha Sharma Sheth, MD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and the Director of the Epilepsy fellowship program at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Dr Sheth’s interests include epilepsy in women including management of seizures during pregnancy and beyond and interactions of hormones with seizures. She was the principal investigator of an anti-seizure medication trial at the George Washington university. She is the chair of the medical committee of the epilepsy foundation, metropolitan Washington DC. She is a member of the American academy of neurology and American epilepsy society. Dr. Sheth attended medical school at the Rajasthan University of Health Sciences in India. She completed internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown in Baltimore, Maryland. She did residency in adult neurology and fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is board certified in neurology and epilepsy.
Taha Gholipour, MD
Dr. Taha Gholipour is an assistant professor of neurology, a clinician, and a researcher at the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates and its Epilepsy Center. His clinical interests include management and treatment of drug resistant epilepsy. He works with a multidisciplinary team to design personalized surgical treatment plans, including minimally invasive surgeries and neurostimulation devices. He provides care to people with epilepsy in Washington, DC and also in Arlington, Virginia. He speaks English, Farsi, and French.

Dr. Gholipour's research interests include using structural and functional MRI in improving treatment of epilepsy, and for better understanding how epilepsy affects human brain. He also collaborates with other centers in Washington, DC area and Boston, MA for his research. Dr. Gholipour has authored multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Neurology, Annals of Neurology, Epilepsia, Epilepsy & Behavior, and also book chapters.

Dr. Gholipour obtained his medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran, and completed his internship and neurology residency in Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School. He further specialized in treatment of epilepsy by doing a fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an additional year of advanced clinical epilepsy research training -partially supported by the American Epilepsy Society- at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. He is board certified in neurology and epilepsy.
Hai Chen, MD, PhD
Hai Chen, MD, PhD is an assistant professor in Neurology at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Dr. Chen is a clinician educator with a long-standing interest in neurology and epilepsy. He completed clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy fellowship training after neurology residency. He is board certified in neurology, epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology. He provides seizure patient care in both inpatient and outpatient clinic settings. His clinical interests include intractable epilepsy, anti-epileptic medications and epilepsy surgery. He is also the principle investigator for an anti-epileptic medication clinical trial at George Washington University. He has presented his work in epilepsy at multiple national conferences including American Academy of Neurology, American Epilepsy Society and American Clinical Neurophysiology Society annual meetings.