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Alexandra Urban, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Phone: (412) 692-4920

Director, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowships

Director, Presbyterian Hospital EEG Laboratory

Medical Director, Epilepsy Surgery Program

Specialized Areas of Research Interest
Epilepsy Surgery, Neurostimulation, Intractable epilepsy (seizures not responding to medications, Epilepsy in pregnancy and electroencephalography (EEG).

Biography
Dr. Urban joined the Epilepsy Division in 2009 after completing a Neurology Residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Clinical Neurophysiology/EEG fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is board certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy.

Dr. Urban has a special interest in caring for patients with epilepsy and in evaluating patients for possible epilepsy surgery. She is involved in intraoperative electrocorticography recording, brain mapping, and directs the weekly multidisciplinary epilepsy surgery conference. She coordinates the Responsive Neuro Stimulation (RNS) Clinic for epilepsy. RNS is the first device to provide responsive neurostimulation, automatically monitoring brain signals and providing stimulation to abnormal electrical events to stop seizures. Dr Urban discusses the RNS system in an August 1, 2015 article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Dr. Urban has attending responsibilities in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, as well as seeing patients in the epilepsy clinic and directing the EEG laboratory. She is part of the continuous EEG service, monitoring for seizure in the ICU comatose patients. She teaches and lectures medical students, neurology residents and directs the Clinical Neurophysiology or Epilepsy fellowship programs at UPMC.

Dr. Urban’s publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine’s publication database.

Board Certifications
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Epilepsy
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Clinical Neurophysiology
 
American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (ABCN) (added competency in epilepsy monitoring)

Hospital Privileges
UPMC Montefiore
UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital
UPMC Shadyside

Professional Organization Membership
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
American Epilepsy Society (AES)

Education & Training
MD, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” Romania, 1995-2001
Neurosurgery Residency, Neurosurgery Clinic of Bucharest, Romania 2002-2004
Internal Medicine Internship, Yale University, Norwalk Hospital 2004-2005
Neurology Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 2005-2008
Clinical Neurophysiology/EEG Fellowship, Vanderbilt University Medical Center 2008-2009

Media Appearances
McCandless woman 1st in region with implant aimed at halting seizures
August 2, 2015
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Dr. Urban