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Approach to Intractable Epilepsy -
Treatment, Special Populations, and Health Disparities

Elizabeth Felton, MD, PHD
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Recording: the recording will be available after October 24th

Duration: 1 hour

Evaluation: the session evaluation will be available after October 24th

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Define intractable epilepsy and the main treatments for it.
  2. Discuss considerations for management of intractable epilepsy in special populations and implement recommendations into clinical practice.
  3. Recognize health disparities and racial biases in the treatment of underrepresented minority patients with intractable epilepsy and work to eliminate these in clinical practice.


We will review what intractable epilepsy is and discuss both traditional and newer approaches for management. Will discuss considerations for the management of intractable epilepsy in specific populations, including women of childbearing potential, transgender people, and people with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. Finally, we will review race-based health disparities in the care of people with intractable epilepsy.


Presentation handouts will be available after October 24th

Speaker Bio

Elizabeth Felton, MD, PhD is neurologist who is board-certified in neurology and epilepsy at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin. Her clinical interests include ketogenic therapy for adults with epilepsy, special issues affecting women with epilepsy, neurostimulation for the treatment of epilepsy, and pediatric to adult transitions. She is the Ketogenic Diet Program Director and Women’s Epilepsy Clinic Co-Director.

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