Epilepsy Division Team

Epilepsy Division Team

Chief

Andres M. Kanner, MD
Professor of Clinical Neurology
Director of the International Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Chief of Epilepsy Division
a.kanner@med.miami.edu

Board Certifications: Dr. Kanner is Board Certified in Neurology, Psychiatry and Clinical Neurophysiology.

Research Interests: Dr. Kanner has long-standing research interests in the areas of pharmacology of epilepsy, psychiatric aspects of epilepsy and surgical treatment of temporal lobe epilepsy.

Biographical Information: Dr. Andres M. Kanner is a Professor of Clinical Neurology and Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, which he joined on January 1st 2013. Prior to that he was a senior attending physician in the department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where he has also been director of the Laboratory of Electroencephalography and Video-EEG-Telemetry since 1991, when he joined the staff at the Rush Epilepsy Center. There, he also held the positions of Associate Director of the Section of Epilepsy and of the Rush Epilepsy Center. He is also Professor of Neurological Sciences and Psychiatry at Rush Medical College of Rush University.

Dr. Kanner was born in Mexico City, where he grew-up and attended Medical School at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. After graduating from Mexico he moved to the USA where he completed a residency in Psychiatry at the Long-Island Jewish Hillside Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. In addition, Dr. Kanner completed a research fellowship in Child Psychiatry, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York City, a residency in Neurology at the Department of Neurology of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and completed his training with a fellowship in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Kanner is triple boarded in Neurology, Psychiatry and Clinical Neurophysiology.

Dr Kanner has long-standing research interests in the areas of pharmacology of epilepsy, psychiatric aspects of epilepsy and surgical treatment of temporal lobe epilepsy. He has authored or coauthored over 70 research publications, over 75 invited review articles and over 73 book chapters and has edited two textbooks and co-edited four. In 2011, he was just appointed as Associate Editor of Epilepsy Currents, the official journal of the American Epilepsy Society. Dr. Kanner was awarded the J. Kiffin Penry Award for Excellence in Clinical Care in Epilepsy by the American Epilepsy Society in December 2010, the Epilepsy Ambassador Award from the International League Against Epilepsy in August 2011 and the Award for Outstanding Medical Service from the Epilepsy Foundation of Chicago in November 2011. He was invited to be the Lennox-Lombroso Lecturer in this year’s annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, to be held in December 2013.

Dr Kanner serves as Co-Chair of the Neuropsychobiology Commission of the International League Against Epilepsy, as Co-Chair of the Work Group on Psychiatric Aspects of Epilepsy of the American Epilepsy Society and was recently appointed to the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. He is also the Past Chair of Epilepsy Section of the American Academy of Neurology.

Faculty:

Dr. Enrique SerranoEnrique Serrano, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program
Eserrano4@med.miami.edu

Board Certifications: Dr. Serrano is Board Certified in Neurology and in Clinical Neurophysiology.

Additional Certifications: Dr. Serrano is also board-certified in the Advanced Examination in Central Clinical Neurophysiology with Advanced Competency in Epilepsy Monitoring by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology.

Biographical Information: Dr. Enrique Serrano is the Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, which he joined on January 1, 2010. He has appointed Interim Director of the Epilepsy Division of the Department of Neurology from 2011 to 2012 and was an integral part in the development of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at the University of Miami Hospital. He directs the Epilepsy Clinic for the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida at the University of Miami.

Dr. Serrano completed Medical School from the University of Puerto Rico. He was an intern at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland from 1998 to 1999. He then served as a General Practitioner and Medical Officer in the United States Navy. As a Medical Officer he was deployed to Iraq where he served as the only physician on a naval ship assigned to the Lincoln Battle Group in the Persian Gulf during Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Following his naval service, he went on to complete his residency in Neurology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia from 2003 to 2006 which was followed by a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology with an emphasis in Epilepsy.

Dr. Serrano interests are on topics including novel mechanisms of antiepileptic medications, mechanisms of drug resistance in chronic epilepsy, effects of antiepileptic medications in pregnant women with epilepsy, and cognitive effects of epilepsy.

Dr. Merridith LoweMerredith R. Lowe, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
mlowe@med.miami.edu

Board Certifications: Dr. Lowe is Board Certified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Education:

New York Medical Center – Fifth Pathway Certificate July 1989 – June 1990
Westchester County Medical Center – Internship in Internal Medicine, PGY I July 1990- June 1991
Westchester County Medical Center – Residency in Neurology PGY II July 1991-June 1992
George Washington University – Residency in Neurology, PGY IV July 1992- June 1994
Education University of Miami – Epilepsy Fellowship July 1996 June 1997
Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, M.D. July 1984- June 1988

Interests: Dr. Lowe’s interests are in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, and use of antiepileptic medications.

Biographical Information: Dr.  Merredith R. Lowe is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, which he joined on April 1997. He has hospital appointments both at University of Miami Hospital since 2008 and Jackson Memorial Hospital since 1997. Dr. Lowe has extensive experience teaching Medical Students, Neurology Residents and Clinical Neurophysiology Fellows. 

Dr. Lowe attended Medical School at The Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico. After completing his medical degree he moved to New York and began a Fifth Pathway Program at New York Medical College followed by a First year Residency in Internal Medicine at Westchester County Medical Center in New York. He did his first year of Neurology Residency at Westchester County Medical Center in New York and the last two years of Neurology Residency at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington DC.  In 1996 he came to the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine where he completed his post-doctoral fellowship.

Dr. Lowe’s interests are in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, and use of antiepileptic medications. As a Neurology resident he looked forward to training in the subspecialty of epilepsy in a comprehensive epilepsy program and participating in a neurology/epilepsy academic setting. He considers himself fortunate to be able to do this through his association with the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

nullMaria R. Lopez, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Co-Director, Epilepsy Center for Excellence, Miami VA Medical Center
mrlopez@med.miami.edu

Board Certifications: Dr. Lopez is Board Certified by The American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.

Education:

Instituto de Ciencias de la Salud – MD, Medellin, Colombia January 1987-December 1993
Boston University Medical Center – Internship, Boston, Massachusetts July 1995-June 1996
Boston Medical Center – Neurology Residency, Boston, Massachusetts July 1996 – June 1999
Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy. – Boston, Massachusetts July 1999 – June 2001

Biographical Information: Dr. Maria R. Lopez joined the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology in April of 2008. She is also the Director of the Epilepsy Center for Excellence and the Director of the Intra-Operative Unit and EEG Lab at the Miami VA Medical Center.

Dr. Lopez completed her medical degree at the Instituto de Ciencias de Salud, Medellin, Colombia in December 1993. In July 1995, she moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where she began her Internship at Boston University Medical Center. In July of 1996 she started a three year Neurology Residency at Boston Medical Center and completed a two year Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Dr. Lopez has an active role in the graduate and undergraduate medical education at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and the Miami VA Medical Center and values the teaching opportunities that both institutions provide. She received the Chairman’s Award of Teaching Excellence in 2011.

Dr. Leticia TornesLeticia Tornes, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Residency Program Director
ltornes@med.miami.edu

Board Certifications: Dr. Tornes is Board-Certified in Neurology and Psychiatry

Education:

University of Miami, School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, MD – June 2002 – May 2006
Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, Internal Medicine – June 2006 – June 2007
Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, Neurology Resident – July 2007- June 2010
Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, Chief Resident – 2009 – 2010
Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, Neurophysiology Fellow – July 2010 – June 2011
University of Miami, Miami, Florida, MS Instructor/Fellowship, July 2011 – 2013

Clinical and Research Interests: Her clinical and research interests include neuroimmunology and pregnancy in neurological disease.

Biographical Information: Dr. Leticia Tornes, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology and the Residency Program Director at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and completed her Neurology training at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami where she served as Chief Resident during her last year of training. She then went on to complete a year of Fellowship training in Neurophysiology with an emphasis in Epilepsy. Dr. Tornes also completed a fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis at the University of Miami’s Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center of Excellence.

In her current role as the Director of the Neurology Residency Program she is involved in both graduate and undergraduate medical education. Dr. Tornes was recognized for her dedication to teaching with the Department of Neurology Chairman’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Tornes is currently involved in multiple clinical trials with both the Epilepsy and MS groups. Her clinical and research interests include neuroimmunology and pregnancy in neurological disease. Recently, she was awarded the Howard Zweibel MS Research Award by the MS Society.

Dr. Gustavo ReyGustavo J. Rey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology (pending)
g.rey1@med.miami.edu

Education: Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology

Languages: English and Spanish

Specialties: Neurobehavioral correlates of epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, aphasias, neuropsychological test development for Hispanics residing in the US.

Roles: Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, Divisions of Neuropsychology and Epilepsy.

Biographical Information: Dr. Gustavo Rey completed his doctoral degree in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Houston, internship at the Department of Neurology of Baylor College of Medicine, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine, Department of Neurology. He served as Head of the Neuropsychology Service at Miami Children’s Hospital Brain Institute for 14 years before joining the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as Clinical Associate Professor within the Epilepsy and Neuropsychology Divisions. His areas of interest involve the neuro-behavioral correlates of epilepsy, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and cross-cultural assessment and test development for Hispanic groups in the US.

Staff:

  • Francisco M. Rodriguez
    Sr. Division Administrator
    Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Neuromuscular Division
    Frodriguez3@med.miami.edu