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Danielle Becker, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Assistant Director of Epilepsy/Neurophysiology Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Epilepsy Division
Assistant Director to Medical student Neurology Clerkship , University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Chair of the Clinical Competency Committee, University of Pennsylvania ACGME Neurophys/Epilepsy Fellowship
Associate residency program director, Univerisy of Pennsylvania Neurology Department
Department: Neurology

Contact information
Department of Neurology
3400 Spruce Street
3 W Gates
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-349-5166
B.S. (Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology)
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1998.
M.S. (Clinical and Health Psychology with specialty in Neuropsychology)
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 2002.
M.D. (Medical Doctorate)
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, 2008.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Medicine, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, 2008-2009.
Resident in Neurology, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, 2009-2012.
Clinical Neurophysiology Epilepsy Fellow, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, 2012-2013.
Special Procedures Epilepsy Fellow, New York University Medical Center, 2013-2014.
American board of psychiatry and neurology, 2012.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

EEG - outpatient
Epilepsy - drug resistant
Epilepsy - medical treatment
Epilepsy - surgical treatmet
Epilepsy - Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS) Treatment
Epilepsy - clinical trials

Description of Other Expertise

I have always enjoyed the vital role of education in medicine - education of patients, families, colleagues, trainees. As a result, I have developed my career to function as an educator in multiple unique settings both globally and domestically. I have travelled to Tanzania multiple times to teach the clinicians and patients about general neurology and more specifically epilepsy and its various treatments. I have received funding to bring previously unavailable anti-epileptic medications to Tanzania and have taught the clinicians in which circumstances these medications are indicated. During our most recent trip, I brought an EEG machine to teach the clinicians how to perform and interpret this test to improve the care provided. I have also traveled to Panama and Ecuador treating epilepsy patients with a focus on epilepsy surgery at a Children’s hospital in Panama City. At the University of Pennsylvania, I am the assistant neurology clerkship director, an associate program director of the neurology residency program, assistant program director of the Epilepsy/Neurophysiology Fellowship and Chair of the clinical competency committee for the fellowship. These roles enable me to participate in curricular development and implementation and career development for trainees of all levels. I find the opportunity to provide guidance during a trainee’s pivotal moments of professional growth and career planning particularly rewarding.

Selected Publications

Shallcross AJ, Becker DA, Singh A, Friedman D, Jurd R, French J, Devinsky O, Spruill TM.: Psychosocial factors associated with medication adherence in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse patients with epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior 46: 242-245, May 2015.

Shallcross AJ, Becker DA, Singh A, Friedman D, Montesdeoca J, French J, Devinsky O, Spruill TM: Illness Perceptions Mediate Relationship Between Depression and Quality of Life in Epilepsy Patients. Epilepsia 56(11): 186-190, 2015.

Becker, DA and Pacia, S. : Antiepileptic medications: Principles of Clinical Use. In Youmans and Winn (Eds.), Neurological Surgery, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Inc. In press.

Becker, DA and McGarvey, ML: Status Epilepticus. The Intensive Care Unit Manual, 2nd edition. Elsevier. P. N. Lanken, S. Manaker, B. A. Kohl, and W. Hanson (Eds.), (eds.). Elsevier Inc. 2014.

Becker, DA, McGarvey, ML, Rojvirat, C, Bavaria JE, Messé, SR: Predictors of Outcome in Patients with Spinal Cord Ischemia after Open Aortic Repairs. Neurocrit Care 18(1): 70-74, 2013.

Brown MG, Becker DA, Pollard JR, Anderson CT: The Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Patients with Epilepsy. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep 13(6): 351-356, 2013.

Becker, DA, Balcer, LJ, Galetta, SL: The Neurological Complications of Nutritional Deficiency Following Bariatric Surgery. J Obes Page: 1-8, 2012.

Becker, DA, Ingala, EE, Price, RS, Martinez Lage, M, Galetta, SL: Dry Beriberi and Wernicke’s encephalopathy following gastric lap band surgery. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 19(7): 1050-1052, 2012.

Becker, DA, Fennell, EB, & Carney, PR: Daytime behavior and sleep disturbance in childhood epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior, 5, 708-15. Epilepsy & Behavior 5(5): 708-15, Oct 2004.

Becker, DA, Fennell, EB, & Carney, PR: Sleep disturbance in children with epilepsy.4, 651-658. Epilepsy & Behavior 4(6): 651-658, Dec 2003.

Fennell, EB, Becker, DA., & Bongiolatti, S: Epilepsy. In T. H. Ollendick & C. S. Schroeder (Eds.), Encyclopedia of clinical child and pediatric psychology. New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2003.

Garvey, MA, Kaczynski, KJ, Becker, DA, & Bartko, JJ: Subjective reactions of children to single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation. Journal of Child Neurology 16(12): 891-894, Dec 2001.

Garvey, MA, Ziemann, U, Becker, DA, Barker, CA & Bartko, JJ: New graphical method to measure silent periods evoked by transcranial magnetic stimulation. Clinical Neurophysiology 112(8): 1451-1460, Aug 2001.

Becker, DA, Rojvirat, C, McGarvey, ML, Messe, SR: Outcome from Spinal Ischemia after Aortic Repair. Poster Presentation at 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, San Antonio, Texas. Awarded Travel Fellowship. February 2012 Notes: doi: 10.1007/s12028-012-9807-9.

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