Health Topic: Epilepsy and Seizures

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Overview & Task Force


The New Jersey Epilepsy Task Force is a Governor-appointed Task Force dedicated to developing recommendations to educate the public and health care professionals about screening, diagnosis, and treatment of epilepsy and its complications; and to develop recommendations to address psychosocial issues faced by persons with epilepsy such as depression, stigmatization, and discrimination. The Task Force was first appointed in late 2011 and was successful in receiving an extension of their work in 2013. Nine of the 14 members of the Task Force of medical experts and advocates for people with epilepsy have been appointed.

Members of the New Jersey Epilepsy Task Force

Shelby A. Myers
Public Member-parent of a child with Epilepsy

Vice Co-Chairman
Ann Carletta
Patient Advocate
Volunteer for FACES (Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures)

Vice Co-Chairman
Eric B. Geller, MD
Directory, Adult Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery at St. Barnabas

Marilyn Gorney-Daley, DO, MPH
Senior Public Health Physician
Director, Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services
Designee for the Commissioner of Health

Eric M. Joice
Executive Director, The Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey

Roopal M. Karia, MD
Pediatric Neurologist
Associate Director, Pediatric Neurology & Pediatric Epilepsy
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics

Marcelo E. Lancman, MD
Medical Director, Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group
Chief Epileptologist, Hackensack University Medical Center
Associate Director, Epilepsy Program at Atlantic Health System

Jonathan Sabin, LSW
Director of the Office on Autism and the Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities at the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Department of Human Services
Designee for the Commissioner of Human Services

Harry Thibodeau, R.Ph, CCP, FASCP
Clinical Pharmacist and President of Pharma-Care, Inc.