The department of neurology and psychiatry will host separate Grand Rounds sessions from 8-9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, in two locations.
The Neurology program will be held in Lecture Hall 1 in Schwitalla Hall. Randall Edgell, M.D., Vincent Gibbons, M.D., and Lauren Schwarz, Ph.D., will present "The Contemporary Role of Wada Testing Language and Memory."
Randall Edgell, M.D., assistant professor of Interventional and Vascular Neurology within the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, and Department of Surgery-Interventional and Vascular Neurology, completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in 2000; a medical internship at Rush University from 2000-2001; his neurology residency at New York University from 2001-2004; his vascular neurology (stroke) fellowship from 2004-2005; and his neuroendovascular fellowship from 2005-2007.
After completing his training, Edgell came to Saint Louis University. His research interests include tools for multi-institutional data collection, vertebral artery origin stenosis, intracranial stenting and carotid stenting. Edgell's clinical interests include ischemic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, aneurysms, carotid stenosis, intracranial stenosis, arteriovenous malformations and intracerebral hemorrhage.
Vincent Gibbons, is associate professor of neurology and psychiatry. Following an epilepsy fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital (with David Walsh, M.D., and Edwin Trevathan, M.D., now the dean of the School of Public Health) and five years on the faculty at Harvard Medical School (doing a combination of epilepsy treatment and initiating the intraoperative evoked potentials program with neurosurgery and orthopedics).
Gibbons came to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital to the child neurology service in 1987. He left Glennon in 1995 to spend two years in private practice at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield.
In 1997, Gibbons went to the University of Illinois in Peoria for two years and then spent a year at Southern Illinois University in Springfield. In 2000, he became the child neurologist for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco for several years, and moved to the University of California San Francisco in 2002 for five years to start the pediatric epilepsy program and inpatient epilepsy monitoring.
In 2007, Gibbons moved back to Albany, N.Y., where he was chief of the child neurology section at Albany Medical College for several years. In 2010, Gibbons returned to Cardinal Glennon where he is active in the pediatric and adult epilepsy programs and inpatient monitoring units.
Lauren Schwarz, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist who recently joined the faculty at Saint Louis University as an assistant professor of neurology and director of the neuropsychology division. Schwarz earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Saint Louis University. She completed her internship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Schwarz's clinical interests are in the provision of neuropsychological services to adults with a diverse range of presenting concerns including cognitive sequelae of neurologic conditions, suspected memory problems or dementia, traumatic brain injury, medical conditions affecting central nervous system functioning, psychiatric conditions, attention disorders and learning disorders.
The Psychiatry program will be held in Classroom A in Monteleone Hall. Jothika Manepalli, M.D., will present: "Neuromodulation (Brain Stimulation) Therapies in Psychiatry."
Jothika Manepalli is board certified in general and geriatric psychiatry. She trained in general psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and at Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She has been practicing geriatric psychiatry since 1990.
She is actively involved in patient care, teaching and clinical research. She specializes in geriatric mood and anxiety disorders and in the affective symptoms of dementia. She has special interest in domestic violence, pain management and palliative care.
Manepalli uses a holistic approach when treating her patients and is culturally sensitive in the care of her patients. She is active in teaching and mentoring medical students, residents and fellows.
Manepalli has published numerous articles and is a speaker for symposiums and conferences in geriatric psychiatry. She has a keen interest in establishing and promoting geriatric psychiatry, as it is the most needed field in the future and for a healthy 2050.
She has received the Caring Physician Award from Saint Louis University Hospital and is recognized as a "Distinguished Fellow" from the American Psychiatric Association, one of the "Top Doctors in America," the "Best Doctor in St. Louis" and as one of Cambridge's "Who's Who in America."
Manepalli is active in the St. Louis community and does extensive volunteer work. She devotes her time and effort in educating and empowering women and passionate about human rights. She does everything in her means for this cause. She makes every effort in educating the South Asian community on the consequences and effects of family and domestic violence on the health and the future of the community.
She has the "Yellow Rose Award" from Zonta for women leadership and the "Workplace Leader Award" from the YWCA. She is the founder of SAWERAA a domestic violence advocacy organization.