Dr. Erasmo Passaro, MD

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Florida Center for Neurology 1607 Dr Martin Luther King St N Ste A St Petersburg, FL 33704 Get Directions
Dr. Erasmo Passaro, MD
Dr. Erasmo A. Passaro, MD is the Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Bayfront Medical Center in St Petersburg, Florida since its inception in June 2002. It is only one of five level IV epilepsy center in Florida, and is recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Dr. Passaro has been involved in more than 400 epilepsy surgery procedures and has conducted video-EEG monitoring on more than 1000 patients. He has published and presented his research in peer-reviewed journals and at national meetings. He is one of a few board neurologists board certified in epilepsy in the Tampa Bay area and the only board certified epilepsy physician in Pinellas, Pasco Counties and Southwest Florida. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Chicago with honors, and graduated from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. He then served a one-year medical internship at UCLA-SFVP. He completed his neurology residency at UCLA followed by a two year epilepsy/clinical neurophysiology fellowship at UCLA with Jerome Engel MD, PhD. He then established the Tampa General Hospital Epilepsy Surgery Program in 1995, and in 1998 assumed the position of Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of the Adult Epilepsy Laboratory at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a position he held until 2002 when he accepted his current position. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), the ABPN with added qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy and Sleep Medicine , the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, the American Board of Sleep Medicine and diplomate in the subspecialty of Neuroimaging of the United Council of Neurologic Specialties. He has been recognized by seven consecutive years by Castle Connolly's "Best Doctors in America" for 2007-2014 and America's "Top Doctors". Dr. Passaro has published peer-reviewed papers and has presented at national meetings. His research has included MR imaging of malformations of cortical development in intractable epilepsy patients using phased array coil and more recently 3T MRI and MR imaging changes in status epilepticus. He has also studied the utility of statistical parametric mapping of positron emission tomography scans and subtraction ictal SPECT scan for localization of the epileptogenic region in collaboration with Satoshi Minoshima, MD, PhD. He has also been an investigator for numerous investigational drug trials. His clinical work includes outpatient epilepsy evaluation, pre-surgical video-EEG monitoring evaluation of epilepsy patients with non-invasive and invasive EEG, and intra and extraoperative functional brain mapping. He is known for his expertise in localization of non-lesional neocortical epilepsy for epilepsy surgery, and is nationally recognized for this expertise While at UCLA, he received the August Rose Award for Excellence in teaching. He has trained over 20 neurologists in epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology who are in practice or in an academic setting. He is a recipient of the Epilepsy Foundation of America Research Fellowship, is a fellow of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS) and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), and has served on the course and the scientific program committee program for the ACNS, the scientific program and the course committee of the American Epilepsy Society and the scientific program committee of the American Society of Neuroimaging and serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Neuroimaging and the Bayfront Health System.

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Dr. Passaro's Care Philosophy

We value clinical excellence, provide education and are involved in clinical research to provide the best care possible and to better understand epilepsy, sleep disorders and other neurologic conditions. We understand that our abilities and talents are gifts that are to be shared with others. Our goal is to impart our knowledge, resources and our support to our patients and to other healthcare providers. While having pride in our work, we humbly walk with our patients to help them understand their condition and to help them to find optimal treatments to enhance their quality of life as we journey together on their road to recovery and to an inspiring outcome.

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Florida Center for Neurology1607 Dr Martin Luther King St N Ste A
St Petersburg, FL 33704
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Dr. Passaro Says:

Our practice values customer services and our values consist of humility, stewardship, service, mentorship, compassion and accountability.

Our goal is to provide excellent customer service, an environment of hospitality and individualized and inspiring outcomes.

Dr. Passaro's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (3)
Palmetto, FL |
I've been seeing Dr. Passaro for 14 years and have been very happy with him. I've never felt rushed through his office. Instead, I feel like my concerns are truly heard and I'm given as much information as I need to make a decision that's in the best interest of my health. That being said, if short wait times are important, this is not the place for you. He spends as much time with you as you need but because of that, very often runs behind schedule. My positive experience has made it worth it.
Largo, FL |
The PA's are cold and stoic-appointments run late and you rarely see the doctor.
in St Petersburg, FL |
I have a wonderful experience with Dr Passaro..He is Excellent Doctor I really have allot of trust an faith in him...I have had him for many different Neurologist in my life and I am so thankful for Suncoast Epilepsy Assoc. for getting Dr Erasmo Passaro for me and I have had nothing but excellent results.. I will not go into detail..but I would like to say I would Highly recommend him to anyone in United States..That is how I feel about the wonderful caring I get from him when I see him..
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Dr. Passaro says...

Dr. Erasmo A. Passaro, MD is the Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at

Bayfront Medical Center in St Petersburg, Florida since its inception in June 2002. It is

only one of five level IV epilepsy  center in Florida, and is recognized by the National

Association of Epilepsy Centers. Dr. Passaro has been involved in more than 400 epilepsy surgery procedures and has conducted video-EEG monitoring on more than 1000 patients. He has published and presented his research in peer-reviewed journals and at national meetings.   He is one of a few board neurologists board certified in epilepsy in the Tampa Bay area and the only board certified epilepsy physician in Pinellas, Pasco Counties and Southwest Florida.

He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Chicago with

honors, and graduated from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.

He then served a one-year medical internship at UCLA-SFVP. He completed his

neurology residency at UCLA followed by a two year epilepsy/clinical neurophysiology

fellowship at UCLA with Jerome Engel MD, PhD. He then established the Tampa

General Hospital Epilepsy Surgery Program in 1995, and in 1998 assumed the position of

Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of the Adult Epilepsy Laboratory at the

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a position he held until 2002 when he accepted his

current position. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

(ABPN), the ABPN with added qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy and Sleep Medicine , the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, the American Board of Sleep Medicine and diplomate in the subspecialty of Neuroimaging of the United Council of Neurologic Specialties.  He has been recognized by seven consecutive years by Castle Connolly's "Best Doctors in America" for 2007-2014 and America's "Top Doctors".

 

Dr. Passaro has published peer-reviewed papers and has presented at national meetings.

His research has included MR imaging of malformations of cortical development in

intractable epilepsy patients using phased array coil and more recently 3T MRI and MR

imaging changes in status epilepticus. He has also studied the utility of statistical

parametric mapping of positron emission tomography scans and subtraction ictal SPECT

scan for localization of the epileptogenic region in collaboration with Satoshi Minoshima,

MD, PhD. He has also been an investigator for numerous investigational drug trials. His

clinical work includes outpatient epilepsy evaluation, pre-surgical video-EEG monitoring

evaluation of epilepsy patients with non-invasive and invasive EEG, and intra and extraoperative

functional brain mapping. He is known for his expertise in localization of non-lesional

neocortical epilepsy for epilepsy surgery, and is nationally recognized for this expertise

While at UCLA, he received the August Rose Award for Excellence in teaching. He has

trained over 20 neurologists in epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology who are in practice or

in an academic setting. He is a recipient of the Epilepsy Foundation of America Research

Fellowship, is a fellow of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS) and

the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), and has served on the course and

the scientific program committee program for the ACNS, the scientific program and the

course committee of the American Epilepsy Society and the scientific program

committee of the American Society of Neuroimaging and serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Neuroimaging and the Bayfront Health System.

Dr. Passaro's Care Philosophy

We value clinical excellence, provide education and are involved in clinical research to provide the best care possible and to better understand epilepsy, sleep disorders and other neurologic conditions. We understand that our abilities and talents are gifts that are to be shared with others. Our goal is to impart our knowledge, resources and our support to our patients and to other healthcare providers. While having pride in our work, we humbly walk with our patients to help them understand their condition and to help them to find optimal treatments to enhance their quality of life as we journey together on their road to recovery and to an inspiring outcome.

Dr. Passaro says...

  1. We have two board certified epilepsy specialists in Pinellas County, the only two in the county and of a handful in the entire state of Florida.
  2. One of only five level IV epilepsy centers, the highest level certified by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.
  3. We offer a multi-disciplinary team to treat people with epilepsy and seizure disorders including board certified epilepsy specialists (two), epilepsy neurosurgeon, certified EEG technologists, registered nurses, physician assistant, speech pathologist, counseling services, psychiatrist and neuropsychologist.
  4. We offer in depth knowledge of seizure medications including recently approved ones and ones that are in clinical trials.
  5. We can see new onset seizure patients within 5-7 business days.
  6. Dr. Passaro is internationally recognized for his work in epilepsy with numerous publications and extensive experience in epilepsy surgery and brain mapping.
  7. We have a sleep disorders center with a board certified sleep specialist

Dr. Passaro says...

  • Video-EEG monitoring (Dr. Passaro has performed >2000 of these procedures). He has trained numerous Neurologists. He is one of the international experts on seizure semiology.
  • Sleep studies: He is board certified by two boards and has specialized training from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the School of Sleep Medicine in Palo Alto, California
  • Positron Emission tomography
  • High resolution MRI epilepsy protocol: He is the only epilepsy specialist  in the state of Florida board certified to interpret neuroimaging (MRI, PET & SPECT). He is on the board  and education committee of the American Society of Neuroimaging
  • Subtraction ictal SPECT
  • Epilepsy Surgery: Dr. Passaro has been involved in hundred of epilepsy surgeries with excellent outcomes including patients with the most complicated epilepsies ie Motor and sensory cortex epilepsy, and language dominant neocortical epilepsies (temporal-parietal-occipital)
  • Functional Brain Mapping
  • EEG and Prolonged ambulatory EEG
  • Home video-EEG monitoring

Dr. Passaro says...

Our practice values customer services and our values consist of humility, stewardship, service, mentorship, compassion and accountability.

Our goal is to provide excellent customer service, an environment of hospitality and individualized and inspiring outcomes.

Dr. Passaro's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Epilepsy
  •  Board certified in Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy, Neurology and Sleep Medicine
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Americas Top Doctors, 2008
    • Fellow, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, 2006
    • Best Doctors in America, 2009
    • Fellow, American Academy of Neurology, 2009
    • Florida Super Doctors, 2008
    • Physician Technology Award, 2004
    • Best Doctors in America, 2007-2008
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    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for Florida.

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  • 0
    Sanctions

    No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

    What is a sanction or disciplinary action
  • 0
    Board Actions

    No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

    What are board actions

Board Certifications

Why It Matters: Dr. Passaro's Board Certifications

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  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Epilepsy
  • Neurology
  • Sleep Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Anterior Horn Disease
  • Ataxia
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chorea (Excluding Huntington's Chorea)
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cluster Headache
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Fever-Induced Seizure
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Menstrual Migraine
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Narcolepsy and Cataplexy
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Nystagmus
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rasmussen's Syndrome
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tension Headache
  • Thrombosis
  • Tic Disorders
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vasculitis
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects

Education

  • Medical School
    Rutgers Med Sch

    Graduated in 1988

    UMDNJ--Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

    Graduated in 1988

  • Internship Hospital
    Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

    Completed in 1989

  • Residency Hospital
    Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

    Completed in 1993

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

    Completed in 1995

  • Undergraduate School
    University of Chicago

    Graduated in 1984

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Epilepsy
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Epilepsy & Neurophysiology
  • Neurology
  • Sleep Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • 24-Hour Ambulatory Electroencephalogram
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Sleep Disorders
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Management of VNS Devices for the Treatment of Epilepsy
  • Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
  • Sleep Study
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)