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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