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Steven V. Pacia, MD - Director

PaciaDr. Pacia earned his medical degree in 1987 from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his Neurology residency and Epilepsy Fellowship training at the Yale School of Medicine. In 1991, he was awarded the Gilbert Glaser Fellowship in Epilepsy and in 1992, was awarded the highly competitive Victor Horsley Research Fellowship from the Epilepsy Foundation of America. In 1993, Dr. Pacia joined the faculty of the Neurology Department at NYU as director of the clinical neurophysiology(EEG) laboratory. In 2002, he became Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Residency at NYU. In 2004, he was appointed Chief of Neurology at Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital and Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Dr. Pacia has published numerous peer reviewed articles on the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and is co-editor on the best selling text reviewing alternative treatments for seizures. Dr. Pacia has devoted his career to improving quality of life for patients with seizure disorders.

Melissa Bernbaum, MD

BernbaumDr. Bernbaum joined the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Lenox Hill Hospital in 2008. She is a graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine and completed a Neurology residency at New York University in 2007. She completed a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy at New York University in 2008 and joined the staff at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center following fellowship. Dr. Bernbaums clinical interest include EEG, video EEG monitoring, the clinical management of patients with epilepsy and the management of sleep disorders. Dr. Bernbaum is Board Certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Melissa Russell, NP

Richard Steer, MBA, R. EEG.T., - Head EEG Technologist

SteerA Board Certified EEG Technologist, Richard Steer has over a decade of experience in the field. He oversees the routine, ambulatory and audiovisual EEG for inpatient and outpatients. He joined the center in 2005.

Ida Kiss, EEG Technician

Jodi Correa-Jimenez, Administrative Assistant


Virginia Ann De Sanctis, MD

SanctisNeuropsychologist in the Department of Neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital who specializes in the cognitive aspects of various neurological disorders including epilepsy, movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, as well as brain tumors and dementia. She also evaluates the cognitive and behavioral sequelae of traumatic brain injury, stroke, and other neurologic insults.