About the Epilepsy Center

Designated a Level 4 center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, the VCU Epilepsy Center provides a complex, extensive approach to neurodiagnostic monitoring and medical treatment of neuropsychological and psychosocial disorders. Fourth-level centers offer the most comprehensive care available for patients with epilepsy, including evaluations for surgery and other procedures.  

The mission of the VCU Epilepsy Center is to: 

  1. Provide exceptional education to our students, residents and fellows and the wider community of medical professionals. 
  2. Improve the lives of children and adults with epilepsy through compassionate, high-quality medical care and patient education. 
  3. Advance the knowledge for the management, treatment and research of epilepsy. 

Our team of physicians provides a comprehensive evaluation for adults and children with epilepsy in both the ambulatory and inpatient setting.

At the VCU Epilepsy Center, we are actively involved in performing translational, basic science as well as clinical research to help advance the understanding and care of patients with epilepsy.

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Education

Epilepsy Fellowship

The Division of Epilepsy offers a one-year epilepsy fellowship program. led by Dr. Victor Gonzalez Montoya and accredited by the  Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Those who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Added Qualification in Epilepsy Exam offered by the  American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Learn more about the Epilepsy Fellowship Program



About the Chair

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About the Chair

Victor Gonzalez Montoya is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and the Interim Chief of the Epilepsy Division of Program Director of the Epilepsy Fellowship. Dr. Montoya completed medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine and his residency and fellowship at VCU.

Montoya specializes in intractable epilepsy and the presurgical evaluation of epilepsy patients. He has an interest in epilepsy education. He is a recipient of the A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award from the American Academy of Neurology and serves as the Program Director of the Department of Neurology’s epilepsy fellowship.




Victor Gonzalez-Montoya, M.D.

Victor Gonzalez-Montoya, M.D.

Interim Chair, Division of Epilepsy

Victor Gonzalez-Montoya, M.D.

Victor Gonzalez-Montoya, M.D.

Interim Chair, Division of Epilepsy

Department of Neurology, Epilepsy Division

Assistant, Clinical Professor;
Director, Epilepsy Fellowship

Phone: 804-828-9869

Email: Victor.Gonzalezmontoya@vcuhealth.org

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Robert Blair, Ph.D.

Robert Blair, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Robert Blair, Ph.D.

Robert Blair, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Division of Neuroscience Research

Phone: 804-828-3391

Email: Robert.Blair@vcuhealth.org

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Robert J. DeLorenzo, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Robert J. DeLorenzo, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor

Robert J. DeLorenzo, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Robert J. DeLorenzo, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Adult Neurology, Neuroscience Research
Professor, Biochemistry, and Pharmacology and Toxicology

Phone: 804-828-8969

Email: robert.delorenzo@vcuhealth.org

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Laxmikant Deshpande

Laxmikant Deshpande

Associate Professor

Laxmikant Deshpande

Laxmikant Deshpande

Associate Professor

Department of Neurology

M Pharm, PhD
Division of Neuroscience Research

Phone: 804-828-3392

Fax: 804-828-6432

Email: laxmikant.deshpande@vcuhealth.org

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Jennifer Haynes, M.D.

Jennifer Haynes, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Jennifer Haynes, M.D.

Jennifer Haynes, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Division of Epilepsy

Phone: 804-828-9350

Fax: 804-827-1744

Email: Jennifer.Haynes@vcuhealth.org

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Rebekah Kaska, NP

Rebekah Kaska, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Rebekah Kaska, NP

Rebekah Kaska, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Department of Neurology

EMU & Adult Neurology Inpatient Epilepsy

Kenichiro Ono, D.O.

Kenichiro Ono, D.O.

Assistant Professor

Kenichiro Ono, D.O.

Kenichiro Ono, D.O.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Adult Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology
Deputy Chief of Neurology, Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center

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Alan R. Towne, M.D., M.P.H

Alan R. Towne, M.D., M.P.H

Professor

Alan R. Towne, M.D., M.P.H

Alan R. Towne, M.D., M.P.H

Professor

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Adult Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology

Phone: 804-828-9350

Email: alan.towne@vcuhealth.org

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Christine Baca, MD, MSHS, FAAN

Christine Baca, MD, MSHS, FAAN

Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Quality, Chair,

Christine Baca, MD, MSHS, FAAN

Christine Baca, MD, MSHS, FAAN

Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Quality, Chair,

Department of Neurology

Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Quality, Division of Epilepsy Chair

Brandi Long, NP

Brandi Long, NP

Brandi Long, NP

Brandi Long, NP

Department of Neurology

Subhendu Rath, MD

Subhendu Rath, MD

Subhendu Rath, MD

Subhendu Rath, MD

Department of Neurology