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Linda Selwa, MD, FAANLinda Selwa, MD, FAAN
Associate Chair for Clinical Activities
Director of Clinical Neurophysiology Training Program
Co-director of Epilepsy Program
University of Michigan Department of Neurology
1914 Taubman
1500 E Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Dr. Selwa has 25 years of experience as a clinical epileptologist, supported researcher, and epilepsy educator. She directs one of the largest epilepsy fellowship training programs in the country.  She also provides clinical oversight for a department of 54 neurologists.  Dr. Selwa is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), with many years of service on the education and annual meeting committees for that organization.   For the last two years, she has spearheaded a national Brain Fair to enable nationally-recognized speakers to provide direct neuroscience education to the public at the AAN’s annual meeting.

Dr. Selwa’s research interests are in the field of cognition and epilepsy, including long-term cognitive outcomes with and without epilepsy surgery, sleep and epilepsy, and quality of life outcomes for epilepsy patients.  Selected publications on these topics are listed below.  She has received support from projects funded by the NIH and CDC.  Through the EFA and local outreach efforts, she has provided direct patient education to raise awareness about self-management.  She continues to be passionate about illuminating the long-term cognitive and social effects of epilepsy and its treatment, and the role played by the patient in determining outcomes.    

Selected publications:

Selwa LM, Berent S, Giordani B, Henry TR, Buchtel HA, Ross DA.  (1994). Serial testing in temporal lobe epilepsy:  longitudinal changes with medical and surgical therapies.  Epilepsia, 35:743-749.

Selwa LM. (1995)  Disturbances of Learning and Memory.  In:  Psychological Disturbances in Epilepsy (Sackellares JC, Berent S).  Newton, Butterworth-Heinemann, p109-120.

Selwa LM, Buchtel HA, Henry TR. (1997). Electrocerebral recovery during the intracarotid Amobarbital procedure:  Influence of interval between injections.  Epilepsia, 38(12):1294-1299.

Malow BA, Fromes G, Selwa LM. (1997).  Sleep attacks mimicking epileptic seizures and pseudoseizures.  J Epilepsy, 10:232-235.

Drury I, Selwa LM, Schuh LA, Kapur J, Varma N, Beydoun A, Henry TR. (1999).  Value of inpatient diagnostic CCTV-EEG monitoring in the elderly.  Epilepsia, 40:1100-1102.

Malow BA, Selwa LM, Ross D, Aldrich MS. (1999).Lateralizing value of interictal spikes on overnight sleep-EEG studies in temporal lobe epilepsy.  Epilepsia, 40(11):1587-1592.

Selwa LM, Geyer J, Nikakhtar N, Brown MB, Schuh LA, Drury I. (2000). Nonepileptic seizure outcome varies by type of spell and duration of illness.  Epilepsia , 41(10):1330-1334.

Velez L, Selwa LM. (2003). Seizure disorders in the elderly.  American Family Physician,67(2):325-332.

Selwa LM, Schmidt SL, Malow BA, Beydoun A. (2003). Long-term outcome of non-surgical candidates with medically refractory localization related epilepsy.  Epilepsia, 44(12)1568-72.

Kutluay E, Beattie J, Passaro EA, Edwards JC, Minecan D, Milling C, Selwa L, Beydoun A. (2005). Diagnostic and localizing value of ictal SPECT in patients with nonconvulsive status epilepticus.  Epilepsy & Behavior, 6(2)212-7.

Marzec ML, Selwa LM, Malow BA. (2005). Analysis of the first night effect and sleep parameters in medically refractory epilepsy patients.  Sleep Med, 6(3)277-80.

Selwa, LM.(2007, 2012).  Language and Cultural Sensitivity Issues in Neurologic Practice.  Medlink [uploaded 5/07, updated 1/2012]

Selwa LM, Marzec MA, Chervin RD, Weatherwax KJ, Vaughn BV, Foldvary-Schaefer N, Wang L, Song Y, Malow BA.(2008). Sleep staging and respiratory events in refractory epilepsy patients: Is there a first night effect?  Epilepsia.,Dec;49(12):2063-8..

Selwa LM. (2008). Are neurologists trained to recognize and treat the psychiatric co-morbidities of epilepsy? In Kanner AM, and Schacter SC, eds Psychiatric Controversies in Epilepsy  Elsevier, pp 33-42.

Malow BA, Foldvary-Schafer N, Vaughn BV, Selwa LM, Chervin RD, Weatherwax KJ, Wang L, Song Y. (2008)  Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults with Epilepsy: A randomized Pilot Trial.  Neurology, 71(8):572-7.

Pestana-Knight E, Gilman S, Selwa L. (2009). Status Epilepticus in Wilson’s Disease.  Epileptic Disorders, Jun;11(2):138-43.

Buchtel HB, Selwa LM. (2009).The Neuropsychology of Epilepsy in Grant I and Adams, eds Neurophsyological Assessment of Neuropsychiatric Disorders, 3rd Edition, 267-280.

MEW Related Publications:

DiIorio C, Bamps Y, Edwards AL, Escoffery C, Thompson NJ, Begley CE, Shegog R, Clark NM, Selwa L, Stoll S, Fraser RT, Ciechanowski P, Johnson EK, Kobau R, Price PH. (2010).The Prevention Research Centers' Managing Epilepsy Well Network. Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 19(3): 218-224.
doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2010.07.027.View PubMed Abstract

Thompson NJ, Patel A, Begley C, Fraser R, Johnson E, Selwa L, Stoll S.(2014). Expanding the Efficacy of Project UPLIFT: Distance Delivery of Mindfulness-based Depression Prevention to People with Epilepsy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
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