The Epilepsy Foundation Eastern PA’s Professional Advisory Board (PAB) is composed of neurologists, medical professionals, specialists, and experts in the epilepsy space with representation from epilepsy centers across our 18-county service area. The PAB provides insight, strategic planning, and direction for the Epilepsy Foundation Eastern PA’s wide range of educational programs, conferences, webinars, trainings, support services, resources, referrals and patient outreach initiatives. The PAB also provides expert advice and support for mission-focused state and federal advocacy issues involving people with epilepsy, including access to care and regulatory concerns.

The term for a member of the Professional Advisory Board is three years and is renewable.

Christopher Skidmore, MD – Jefferson Neurology Associates, Chairman
Jayant Acharya, MD – Penn State Hershey
Barbara Beck, MSN – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, retired
Kathryn Davis, MD – Penn Epilepsy Center
Dennis Dlugos, MD – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Thomas Flynn, PhD – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Larry Fried, MD – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Anna Graefe, MD – Thomas Jefferson Hospital
Lindsay Higdon, MD – Thomas Jefferson Hospital
Mercedes P. Jacobson, MD – Temple Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Shannon Kelley, PsyD – LVHN
Scott Kohler, MD – St. Luke’s
Joyce Liporace, MD – Penn Medicine
Carla LoPinto-Cury, MD – Temple Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Matthew Mercuri, MD – Geisinger Health System
Armina Omole, MD – Penn Medicine
Kelly Pearson-Carvetta, CRNP – Thomas Jefferson Hospital
Jyoti Pillai, MD – Reading Hospital
Amanda Riisen, PsyD – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Jaime Spinell Zuckerman, PsyD – Private Practice
Sarah Tefft, RN – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Bethany Thomas, CRNP – Penn Medicine
Ignacio Valencia, MD – St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Akila Venkataraman, MD – Geisinger Health System
Naoir Zaher, MD – LVHN