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Empowering Epilepsy
Brain Surgery Conference

Empowering Epilepsy Headquarters

Brain Surgery Conference
Saturday, June 15, 2024



Brain surgery for seizures has been an option for many people, especially those with focal epilepsy, where seizures start in one specific area of the brain.

People with epilepsy average 19 years of living with seizures before surgery is even considered by their doctor.

Join Empowering Epilepsy as we present our Brain Surgery Conference.  Learn how doctors determine if a person can qualify as a surgical candidate.

Hear from some of the top epilepsy specialists from Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center, as they navigate you through the path of determining whether a person with epilepsy could become a surgical candidate, and what are the chances of that surgery working?


Numerous studies show that stopping seizures sooner can reduce other epilepsy related complications, such as risk of physical injury during a seizure, developmental delays, poor memory, anxiety and depression, and the risk of SUDEP - Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.

Many people with epilepsy, for whom surgery is an option, worry about both the short and long term effects of surgery: Will their seizures stop? Will it cause other issues? Will it improve their quality of life overall? 


If you or a loved one is considering epilepsy surgery, or your doctor has suggested surgery as an option, you should definitely join to make a more informed decision as to whether surgery will be a beneficial option for you. Just know that every epilepsy surgery case is different.


Doors open at 8:00 AM for Registration and a Continental Breakfast. 

In-Person or Virtual Registration


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Previous 2023 Schedule

8:00 - 8:30: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45: Welcome and Intro: Leigh Goldie, M.Ed.

8:50 - 9:10: Epilepsy Surgery - Imad Najm, MD
9:15 - 9:35: Overview of Testing - Andreas Alexopoulos, MD 

9:40 - 10:00: Panel Discussion with Dr. Najm and Dr. Alexopoulos

10:00 - 10:15: Break, Snack and Booth Visit

10:15 - 10:35: Patient Management Conference - Imad Najm, MD

10:40 - 11:00: NeuroPsychological Evaluation - Ana Arenivas, PhD

11:05 - 11:25: Epilepsy Surgery - William Bingaman, MD

11:30 - 12:00  SEEG vs. Subdural Grids - Demitre Serletis, MD

12:00 - 12:30 Panel Discussion

12:30 - 1:30: Lunch

 1:30 - 2:30: Will Epilepsy Surgery Work - Panel Discussion

  • Neurologist - Deepak Lachhwani, MD

  • NeuroPsychologist - Kayla Arrotta, PhD

  • Psychiatrist - Tatiana Falcone, PhD

  • Bioethicist - Lauren Sankary, JD, MA

2:35 - 2:55: The After Effects of Surgery

3:00 - 3:30: Panel Discussion

3:30 - 3:50: Panel Discussion of Brain Surgery Survivors

3:50 - 4:00: Closing Remarks

In-Person or Virtual Registration

Epilepsy Brain Surgery Survivors Celebration

Join Empowering Epilepsy on Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM for our Epilepsy Brain Surgery Survivors Celebration in person at Empowering Epilepsy Headquarters.

Meet and talk with other people who have had brain surgery for epilepsy. Enjoy a casual dinner, and a fun night out. Share your story with other epilepsy brain surgery survivors, and enjoy talk time and an art therapy class. 

Brain Surgery for Epilepsy Survivors Celebration

Thank you to everyone who joined our 2023 Epilepsy Brain Surgery Survivors Celebratio! n

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Change the Conversation About Epilepsy!

Here are some ways you can donate:

In Person

Empowering Epilepsy Headquarters

23500 Mercantile Road, Suite D
Beachwood, OH 44122


Make a tax deductible donation‏.

Over the Phone

It's easy to donate offline too.

Tel: 216-342-4167

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