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Epilepsy & Brain Mapping: Our Team


Dr. William Sutherling

Dr. William Sutherling is the medical director at Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Program. He is known internationally for evaluating difficult-to-manage seizure disorders, brain mapping of seizures, tumors, and eloquent cortex and noninvasive techniques to diagnose and localize epilepsy for surgery. Dr. Sutherling has 25 years experience in epileptology and invasive monitoring studies. He is board-certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in EEG, Evoked Potentials and Intensive Monitoring by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology. Before moving to Huntington Memorial Hospital, he directed the Adult and Pediatric Epilepsy Subdural Grid and Brain Mapping Programs at UCLA. As the principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant studying the use of magnetoencephalography (MEG), Dr. Sutherling continues to seek new noninvasive techniques to diagnose and localize epilepsy for surgery. He has written more than 30 publications on the treatment of epilepsy.





Dr. Ian Ross

Ian B.Ross, M.D.  Dr. Ross is the nerosurgical director for the Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Program.  Dr. Ross received his MD at Queen's University in  1985. He did his residency in Neurosurgery at McGill University, Montréal, Quebec in 1987 and in1998 Dr. Ross was a visiting Fellow, Service de Neuro-radiologie Interventionnelle et Fonctionnelle, Foundation Ophtalmolgique Adolphe de Rothschild, Paris, France for 6 months.  Among  many of the honors he had been awarded are: Best Doctors in America, inclusion 2005-2007, Marquis Who's Who in America, biographical inclusion (2002), Clinical Traineeship Award, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (1999), and Penfield-McNaughton Award, Montreal Neurological Institute (1992).

Dr. Ross has authored over 30 papers, done book chapters and  numerous reviews for medical journals.  Dr. Ross  has been and still is active in  numerous research projects.






Dr. Tatiana Maleeva

Dr. Tatiana Maleeva received her medical degree from the Kursk Medical Institute and the Children's Hospital of Kursk in Kursk, Russia.  After relocating to the United States, she completed a Pediatric Internship and Residency at White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles, California and did a Residency in Adult Neurology and a Pediatric Neurology Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Dr. Maleeva finished an Epilepsy/Neurophysiology Fellowship with Huntington Memorial Hospital and Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Program in affiliation with University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. She is Board Certified in Neurology and speaks Russian fluently.





Dr. Yafa Minazad

Dr. Yafa Minazad, is an adult epileptologist who received  her B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She received her Doctorate of Osteopathy from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and did her internship at Downey Regional Medical Center, Downey, California. Dr. Minazad completed her Neurology Residency at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine.  She finished an Epilepsy/Neurophysiology Fellowship with Huntington Memorial Hospital and Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Program in affiliation with University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine.

Dr. Minazad is Board Certified with the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and with the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology.  Her research interests are: Neurobehavioral Issues, cultural influences, and quality of life in patients with epilepsy, critical car neurology, and seizures in the ICU.

Dr. Minazad in fluent in Persian, Hebrew and some Spanish.






Dr. Linda Philpott

Dr. Linda Philpott is the director of neuropsychology services. She received her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles and completed her post graduate education as a fellow in neuropsychology at the UCLA School of Medicine Neuropsychiatric Institute. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and International Neuropsychological Society. For eight years Dr. Philpott conducted research in memory and aging, Alzheimer's disease and neuropsychometric correlates in psychiatric disease at Harbor UCLA Meical Center. At The Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Program, she is involved in active research programs studying neuronal activity in the human brain during learning and memory, cognitive outcomes, post surgical treatment of epilepsy, WADA and intraoperative brain mapping.





Jeri Nichols-Sutherling


Jeri Nichols-Sutherling is the director of adult and pediatric programs for the Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Program. She is a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in nursing from Florida State University. Her professional experience encompasses work in health care administration, neonatal nursing, pediatrics and adult critical care. She has been the director of adult and pediatric programs for the Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Program since 1993. After extensive training on the ketogenic diet at Johns Hopkins University's medical school, she was instrumental in establishing the ketogenic diet program here at EBMP. She has been actively involved in treating patients with the diet and continues to coordinate one of 17 ketogenic diet centers in the United States.





Danine Mele-Hayes, R.D.

Danine Mele-Hayes, R.D. is a registered dietitian with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Indiana University. She completed an Accredited Dietetic Internship Program from Indiana University School of Medicine. After receiving extensive training on the ketogenic diet at Johns Hopkins University's medical school, she developed a successful approach to the diet by individualizing it to meet patient and family needs and providing quality nutritional care and ongoing support through regular accessibility via voice mail, e-mail, telephone, pager, and fax. She also provides continuous training to all hospital personnel involved in the program.