Medical Advisory Board
The function of the Medical Advisory Board (MAB) is to provide insight, scientific direction, and expertise to the Epilepsy Warriors Foundation. The members of the Medical Advisory Board are recognized experts in Neurology and Epilepsy from leading academic and medical institutions.
Dr. Joshua Rotenberg
Texas Medical and Sleep Specialists
Neurology – Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, Sleep Medicine, Pediatrics
Special Qualifications in Child Neurology & Additional Qualifications in Sleep Medicine for Adults & Children, Pediatrics
Selim R. Benbadis, MD
Professor of Neurology in the departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of South Florida
Dr. Benbadis is a French citizen, born in Paris. He obtained his MD at the University of Nice (Nice, France), where he completed a residency in Family Medicine. He then moved to the U.S., and completed his Neurology Residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Cleveland, Ohio, where he stayed an additional two years to complete a fellowship in Epilepsy, EEG, and Sleep Medicine. He is Board-certified in Neurology, Epilepsy & Clinical Neurophysiology, and Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Benbadis is currently Professor of Neurology at the University of South Florida. He is Director of the University of South Florida /Tampa General Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, the busiest surgical epilepsy center in Florida with >50 resections per year. His interests are in the diagnosis and management of seizures that are difficult to control, and the misdiagnosis of epilepsy. He has authored over 100 article and book chapters. He also has a strong interest in medical writing and editing and serves on several Editorial Boards. Finally, he has a strong interest in Education, serves as Faculty on numerous courses each year, and has received several teaching awards.
Dr. Benbadis is a competitive tennis player, plays the “senior” circuit (the 50s), and is currently ranked #2 in Florida and #13 Nationally.
Dr. William Lievens
Dr. Joshua Rosenow
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
DeAnna Kusmerz, RN
Clinical Nurse Manager
Meg Frazer, MD, FAAN
Senior Director, Medical Affairs at Pfizer
Dr. Margaret L. Frazer is a Senior Director within the Cardiovascular and Metabolic team at Pfizer. She earned her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Frazer completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa before serving a residency in Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine. She also completed an epilepsy mini-fellowship at Wake Forest and neuromuscular training at the Geisinger Clinic.
Dr. Frazer’s professional interests include Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases, clinical research, and patient disease state management. She also started and currently organizes the Central Indiana Neuropathy Support Group and is on the board of directors of the Indiana MS Foundation.
Pediatric RN, Founder/Owner
Pawsitive Response Service Dogs, LLC
Dr. Jose Colon, MD, MPH
Dr. Jose Colon is the Medical Director of Sleep Disorders Center at Health Park. Dr. Colon currently practices adult and pediatric sleep medicine for Lee Memorial Health System. He is a pillar of public health in the Southwest Florida community, is passionate about sleep science education, and is an advocate for children and families with sleep and neurological disorders.
Prior to practicing full time sleep medicine Dr. Colon founded the Neuroscience Center at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The Neuroscience Center continues to provide services for children with special needs and neurological disorders in Southwest Florida. Dr. Colon obtained his Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health with emphasis in Child and Maternal Health at the University of South Florida. He obtained his training in Sleep Medicine and Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Guillermo Philipps
Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Pediatric Neurology
Dr. Philipps treats children, adolescents, and young adults with diseases and disorders affecting the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. Dr. Philipps’ clinical interests include vagus nerve stimulator programming, autism spectrum disorders, general pediatric neurology, migraines, management of epilepsy and its comorbidities, cerebral palsy, concussions, tics, malformations of the central nervous system, neurodevelopmental disabilities, and post-infectious disease.
Dr. Philipps is a medical graduate of Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri (2006). He completed internships (2007), followed by Pediatric Residency training at Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, Fla. (2008). Dr. Philipps completed his fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at the University of Chicago, Comer Children’s Hospital, Chicago, Ill.
Dr. Philipps is Board Certified in Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology. He welcomes all children who need evaluation for any neurological condition.