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Arthur C. Grant, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology
Department of Neurology
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.

Clinical Subspecialty:

Epilepsy

Research Interests:

  • Effect of epilepsy on perception
  • Quantitative EEG
  • Plasticity and learning

Education and Training:

  • BS: MIT
  • PhD: MIT
  • MD: Case Western Reserve University
  • Internal Medicine Internship: Baystate Medical Center
  • Neurology Residency: Emory University
  • Epilepsy Fellowship: Emory University
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology: University of California, Irvine
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology: New York University
  • Professor of Neurology: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Other Languages Spoken:

Some German

  • Margolis SA, Gonzalez JS, Faria C, Kenney L, Grant AC, Nakhutina L.  Anxiety disorders in predominantly African American and Caribbean American adults with intractable epilepsy: the role of perceived epilepsy stigma. Epilepsy & Behavior, 99:106450, 2019. PMID: 31419635
  • Margolis SA, Gonzalez JS, Spindell J, Mohamadpour M, Grant AC, Nakhutina L. Assessment of Medication Management Capacity in a Predominantly African American and Caribbean American Sample of Adults with Intractable Epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior. 88:308-314, 2018. PMID: 30449327
  • Margolis SA, Nakhutina L, Schaffer SG, Grant AC, Gonzalez JS. Perceived epilepsy stigma mediates relationships between personality and social well-being in a diverse epilepsy population. Epilepsy & Behavior. 78:7-13, 2018.  PMID:  29161631
  • Mohamadpour M, Gabriel G, Grant AC. A Native Haitian Woman with Unverricht-Lundborg Disease. Case Reports in Neurology. 9:284–288, 2017. PMID: 29422850
  • Nakhutina L, Kunnakkat SD, Coleman M, Lushbough C, Arnedo V, Soni N, Grant AC. Effects of adjunctive lacosamide on mood and quality of life in patients with epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior. 73:90-94, 2017. PMID:28623755. (Aug)
  • Schneider M, Chau L, Mohamadpour M, Stephens N, Arya K, Grant ACEEG asymmetry and BIS/BAS among healthy adolescents. Biological Psychology. 120:142-148, 2016. PMID:27702583
  • Grant AC, Chau L, Arya K, Schneider M. Prevalence of epileptiform discharges in healthy 11 and 12-year-old children. Epilepsy and Behavior. 62:53-56, 2016. PMID:27450305 (Sep)
  • Brouwer GJ, Arnedo V, Offen S, Heeger DJ, Grant AC . Cross-digit suppression in human somatosensory cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology. 114:2588-2599, 2015. PMID:26311189
  • Grant AC, Abdel Baki SG, Omurtag A, Sinert R, Chari G, Malhotra S, Weedon J, Fenton AA, Zehtabchi S. Diagnostic accuracy of microEEG: A miniature, wireless EEG device. Epilepsy & Behavior. 34:81-85, 2014. PMID:24727466
  • Zehtabchi S, Abdel Baki SG, Omurtag A, Sinert R, Chari G, Roodsari GS, Weedon J, Fenton AA, Grant AC . Effect of microEEG on clinical management and outcomes of Emergency Department patients with altered mental status: A randomized controlled trial. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2014;21:283-291. PMID:24628753
  • Grant AC, Abdel-Baki SG, Weedon J, Arnedo V, Chari G, Koziorynska E, Lushbough C, Maus D, McSween T, Mortati KA, Reznikov A, Omurtag A. EEG interpretation reliability and interpreter confidence: A large single center study. Epilepsy & Behavior 32:102-107, 2014. PMID:24531133
  • Grant AC, Koziorynska E, Lushbough C, Maus D, Mortati K. Acute post-ictal confusion and violence: Two cases with unfortunate outcomes. Epilepsy & Behavior: Case Reports 1:71-73, 2013. PMID:25667832
  • Zehtabchi S, Abdel Baki SG, Omurtag A, Sinert R, Chari G, Malhotra S, Weedon J, Fenton AA, Grant AC . Prevalence of non-convulsive seizure and other electroencephalographic abnormalities in emergency department patients with altered mental status. American Journal of Emergency Medicine 31:1578-1582, 2013. PMID:24070982
  • Grant AC , Prus N, Nakhutina L. Factors affecting quality of life in epilepsy in a multi-ethnic urban population. Epilepsy & Behavior 27:283-285, 2013. PMID:23507303
  • Zehtabchi S, Abdel Baki SG, Grant AC . Electroencephalographic findings in consecutive emergency department patients with altered mental status: a preliminary report. European Journal of Emergency Medicine 20:126-129, 2013. PMID:22644284
  • Omurtag A, Abdel Baki SG, Chari G, Zehtabchi S, Cracco R, Fenton A, Grant AC . Technical and clinical analysis of MicroEEG: a miniature wireless EEG device designed to record high-quality EEG in the emergency department. International Journal of Emergency Medicine ;5:35. DOI: 10.1186/1865-1380-5-35 2012. PMID:23006616
  • Mortati KA, Arnedo V, Post N, Jimenez E, Grant AC . Sutton’s law in epilepsy: because that is where the lesion is. Epilepsy & Behavior 24:279–282, 2012. PMID:22542999
  • Grant AC, O'Halloran J, Chung S, Gibbs W, Kaplan P. Evaluation of a novel EEG preamplifier. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology 2006;23(3):258-264.
  • Grant AC, Fernandez R, Shilian P, Yanni E, Hill MA. Tactile spatial acuity differs between fingers: a study comparing two testing paradigms. Perception and Psychophysics 2006;68(8):1359-1362.
  • Grant AC, Hermanowicz N. Reduction of myogenic artifact with botulinum toxin during video-EEG monitoring. Epilepsia 2007;48(2):324-329.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. In press. Brain and Language.

Research Projects:

  1. Prospective International Registry of SUDEP cases
  2. Various quality improvement projects related to epilepsy care quality indicators
  3. Various clinical epilepsy projects suitable for residents, e.g. characterizing all patients with both definite epilepsy and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures, or EEG findings in patients with cardiac arrest --> cooling.