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.

Greater Philadelphia Area:

Carla LoPinto-Khoury, MDChair, Lewis Katz Temple School of Medicine

Natalie Allman, DO – Lewis Katz Temple School of Medicine

Barbara Beck, MSN – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Retired

Kathryn Davis, MD, MS, FAES – 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

Van Hellerslia, PharmD, BCPS – Temple University School of Pharmacy

Lindsay Higdon, MD – Thomas Jefferson Hospital

Mercedes P. Jacobson, MD – Lewis Katz Temple School of Medicine

Joyce Liporace, MD – Penn Medicine

Megan Margiotta, MD – Main Line Health

Kelly Pearson-Carvetta, CRNP – Thomas Jefferson Hospital

Armina Omole, MD, PhD – GSK

Amanda Riisen, PsyD – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Saurabh Sinha, MD – Penn Medicine

Christopher Skidmore, MD – Jefferson Neurology Associates

Jaime Spinell-Zuckerman, PsyD – Private Practice

Sarah Tefft, CRNP – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Bethany Thomas, CRNP – Penn Medicine

Ignacio Valencia, MD – St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children


Vinita Acharya, MD – Penn State Hershey

Tiffany Fisher, MD – Penn State Hershey

Heather Harle, MD – Penn Medicine Lancaster

Jyoti Pillai, MD – Reading Hospital

Lehigh Valley:

Scott Kohler, MD – St. Luke’s

Shannon Kelley, PsyD – LVHN

Northeast PA:

Matthew Mercuri, MD – Geisinger

Akila Venkataraman, MD – Geisinger

Dana Vanino, MD – Geisinger

Philip Lee, MD – Geisinger