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Epilepsy Center Faculty

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Arthur C. Grant, MD, PhD

Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center


As a graduate student at MIT Dr. Grant obtained his Ph.D. with the legendary neurophysiologist Dr. Jerry Lettvin, who sparked his interest in brain function and clinical neurology.  He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, and completed residency in Neurology and fellowship in EEG and Clinical Neurophysiology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  After holding faculty positions at the University of California Irvine and New York University, in 2008 he joined the Department of Neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center as Director of the Epilepsy Program. 


Dr. Grant’s research interests include the effect of epilepsy on perception, improving accuracy of EEG interpretation, culturally-based beliefs about epilepsy, and improving medication adherence.  Other interests include medical history and medical ethics.  He has published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Epilepsy Society, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Royal Society of Medicine.


Dr. Grant grew up in the Boston area, and still remembers the original Legal Seafoods in Inman Square, and Steve’s Ice Cream in Davis Square.  He may or may not be a Red Sox fan.


Recent Publications:

  1. Grant AC, Donnelly K, Chubb C, Barr W, Kuzniecky R, Devinsky O. Temporal lobe epilepsy does not impair visual perception. Epilepsia 2008;49:710-713.
  2. Marcuse L, Schneider M, Mortati K, Donnelly K, Arnedo V, Grant AC. Quantitative analysis of the EEG posterior dominant rhythm in healthy adolescents. Clinical Neurophysiology 2008;119:1778-1781.
  3. Hickok G, Okada K, Barr W, Pa J, Rogalsky C, Donnelly K, Barde L, Grant AC. Bilateral capacity for speech sound processing in auditory comprehension: evidence from Wada procedures. Brain and Language 2008;107:179-184.
  4. Schneider M, Graham D, King P, Grant AC, Cooper D. Regional brain activation and affective response to physical activity among healthy adolescents. Biological Psychology. 2009;82:246-252.
  5. Prus N, Grant AC. Patient beliefs about epilepsy and brain surgery in a multi-cultural urban population. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2010;17:46-49.
  6. Zehtabchi S, Abdel Baki SG, Malhotra S, Grant AC. Prevalence of non-convulsive seizure in patients with AMS: a systematic review. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2011;22:139-143.
  7. Nakhutina L, Gonzalez J, Margolis SA, Spada A, Grant AC. Adherence to antiepileptic drugs and beliefs about medication among predominantly ethnic minority patients with epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2011;22:584-586.
  8. Grant AC. No loneliness on his face. Journal of General Internal Medicine. (DOI) 10.1007/s11606-011-1950-z
  9. Mortati KA, Grant AC. A patient with distinct dissociative and hallucinatory fugues. BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.11.2011.5078
  10. Mortati KA, Arnedo V, Post N, Jimenez E, Grant AC. Sutton's Law in Epilepsy: Because That Is Where the Lesion Is. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2012. In press.
  11. Zehtabchi S, Abdel Baki SG, Grant AC. Electroencephalographic findings in consecutive emergency department patients with altered mental status: a preliminary report. International Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2012. In Press.