Director

Dr. Gary Mathern is Neurosurgical Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program and Neurobiology Epilepsy Research Laboratory at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA Medical Center. Apart from being a meticulous epilepsy surgeon, he has a deep interest in research. He has over 197 papers to his credit.

His key interests include cortical dysplasias, the neurobiology of epilepsy, and hemispherectomies.
Dr. Mathern is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He is one of few surgeons certified by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, interned at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and was a resident in surgery and then neurosurgery at the UCLA School of Medicine.

He is a member of several organizations including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Epilepsy Society, The Brain Research Institute, and the Society for Neuroscience, and is on the medical board of the Hemispherectomy Foundation.  His presentation at TedX Conejo gives a compelling example of why parents choose this drastic surgery for their children.