The National Professional Advisory Committee (NPAC) of Epilepsy Alliance America is composed of epilepsy experts across a wide range of medical disciplines.

The NPAC helps to lead and advise the Board of Directors on program policy and development.  The NPAC ensures that we make accurate judgments about whether programs are focused and effective, caring and responsive, well led, and based on sound, scientific, and evidence-based data that considers the needs of people living epilepsy and those who care for them.

Our  programs and NPAC recommendations are patient and family centric and focused on the communities where patients live.  The NPAC also provides expert advice and advocacy support for mission-focused state and federal issues involving people with epilepsy, including access to care and regulatory concerns.

View our National Professional Advisory Committee members below. Click ‘Read Bio’ to learn more.


Anto Bagić MD, PhD, FAES, FACNS

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Committee Members

Patricia Dean, ARNP, MSN

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

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Camilo Ivan Garcia, MD

Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital
Weston, Florida

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Sataya Gedela, MD, MRCP

Nemours Children's Hospital
Orlando, Florida

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Sarah Gehlert, PhD

University of Southern California
St. Louis, Missouri

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Bruce Hermann, PhD

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, Wisconsin

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Catherine Kamau, APRN -DNP

North Texas Institute of Neurology and Headache
Sherman, Texas

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Marcelo Lancman, MD

Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group
Hackensack, New Jersey

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R. Eugene Ramsay, MD

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Kevin Rathke, MD

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

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Michael Smith, MD

Rush Epilepsy Center
Chicago, Illinois

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Alan Towne, MD, MPH

US Department of Veterans Affairs
Richmond, Virginia

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James Valeriano, MD

Allegheny Health Systems
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Steven White, RpH, PhD

University of Washington, School of Pharmacy
Seattle, Washington

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Vicky Whittemore, PhD

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

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