Fridays with Friedlander: A Plea for Less Invasive Epilepsy Surgery

In this episode of Fridays with Friedlander, UPMC’s chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery Robert Friedlander, MD, introduces UPMC’s Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez, MD, PhD, who identifies treatments for minimally invasive epilepsy surgery. Dr. Gonzalez-Martinez also explains how large-scale epileptic networks can be modulated by focal disruption of nodes and pathways within the network.

Educational Objectives 

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain Stereoelectroencephalography (sEEG)
  • Describe the possible indication for sEEG
  • Recall the methods of minimally invasive surgery for epilepsy patients


Dr. Gonzalez-Martinez has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Consultant: Zimmer Biomet
  • Other: Owner of Neurologic

Dr. Friendlander has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Consultant: Neubase, Difuse
  • Grant/Research support: NIH and Clear Thoughts Foundation

All presenters' disclosures of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers, and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

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Release Date: 12/15/2020 | Last Modified On: 12/15/2020 | Expires: 12/15/2021


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