Research Faculty

Robert L Beach, MD, PhD, FAAN, FACNS

Robert L Beach, MD, PhD, FAAN, FACNS
Appointed 06/01/99
807 Jacobsen Hall
175 Elizabeth Blackwell Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
315 464-4243

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Neurology: Epilepsy

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Neurology


Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: UCLA Medical Center, 1992, Epilepsy Neurophysiology
  • Residency: UCLA Medical Center, 1991, Neurology
  • Internship: Yale University School of Medicine, 1988, Internal Medicine
  • MD: University of Kansas School of Medicine, 1987
  • PhD: University of Connecticut, 1977, Neurobiology
  • MS: University of Connecticut, 1972, Analytic Chemistry
  • BS: University of Connecticut, 1971, Chemistry

Previous Appointments

  • University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 1992–1999
  • UCLA Medical Center, 1987–1992

Clinical Interests

  • I direct our Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, the EEG and EMU Labs and the EEG/Epilepsy Fellowship. My clinical interests include epilepsy, seizures, antiepileptic therapies (medical, surgical and experimental); functional neuromaging; differential diagnosis of spells.

Research Interests

  • Epilepsy; Seizures; Epilepsy Surgery; Antiepileptic therapies (medical, surgical and experimental); Functional imaging; Zone state performance; Neuroprotection; Neuromodulation; Neuronal transplantation; Brain stimulation

Clinical Trials

  • A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Phase 2 Study Exploring the Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerability of Natalizumab (BG00002) as Adjunctive Therapy in Adult Subjects With Drug- Resistant Focal Epilepsy
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Specialties & Certification

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurophysiology

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy, Severe
  • Seizures


  • Adults and Children


  • Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Evoked Potentials
  • Long Term Epilepsy Monitoring
  • Seizure Focus Investigation


  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN), Fellow
  • Epilepsy Foundation, Advisor
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, Fellow
  • American Epilepsy Society (AES), Fellow
  • American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital
  • Crouse Hospital
  • VA Medical Center

Web Resources


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Selected References

Beach, R..L. H. Barkan and E. DePeralta (2010) "The EEG in CNS Inflammatory Diseases." In Niedermeyer's Textbook of Electroencephalography: Basic Principles, Clinical Applications, and Related Fields. Sixth Edition. Eds. Donald L. Schomer, M.D. and Fernando Lopes da Silva, M.D., Ph.D.

Barbaro N.M,.... Beach, R.L. ... et al. (2009) A multi-center, prospective pilot study of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Seizure Response, Adverse Events, And Verbal Memory. Annals of Neurology; 65:167-175.

Beach, R.L., Singh R. and El Zammar, Z. (2009): "Generalized Convulsive Status Epilepticus." Med-Link Neurology, On Line.

Beach, R.L. and Singh, R (2009) "Secondary Generalized Tonic Clonic Seizures." Med-link Neurology, On Line.

El Dokla, A, El Sawi, A.W., and R.L. Beach (2009)  Post ictal supplementary motor area (SMA) syndrome after status epilepticus in a female with intractable complex partial frontal lobe epilepsy due to bilateral frontal polymicrogyria. American Clinical Neurophysiology Society Abstracts, Orlando, FL March 2009.

Rajdeep Singh, K. Carroll, V. Yashaswi and R. Beach (2009). Assessing The Effect Of Anti-Epileptic Drug Therapy On Photosensitivity. American Clinical Neurophysiology Society Abstracts, Orlando, FL March 2009.

Edgar de Peralta, Robert Beach (2009) Recurrent Vagal induced syncope due to postoperative epilepsy surgery complications. American Clinical Neurophysiology Society Abstracts, Orlando, FL March 2009.

Beach, R and P. Kaplan (2008); "Seizures in Pregnancy: Diagnosis and Management. in "Epilepsy in Women: Scientific Basis for Practical Management." Edited by Barry Gidal and Cynthia Harden; International Review of Neurobiology.

Patel, R, S. Manda and R.L. Beach. (2008): False Positive Phencyclidine (PCP) results in patients taking Lamotrigine. Neurology; 70:11:(S1): A78.

Ferrell, M.D., R.L. Beach, N.M. Szeverenyi, M. Krch and B. Fernhall, (2007) "An fMRI Analysis of Neural Activity During Perceived Zone-State Performance." J.Sports & Exercise Psychology 28: 421-433.

Latorre, J. and R.L. Beach (2005) Paradoxical Seizure Activation by Antiepileptic Medications. Epilepsia 46:

Yaramahdi, A., Ramachandran, T. and R.L. Beach. (2006) Are Emergent Brain CTs Overused In Evaluation of Breakthrough Seizures. Epilepsia 47:

Kim, P, Carter D, Kent P, Beach, R.L. (2006) Vagal Nerve Stimulator Revision: An institution's Experience with VNS Failure and Revision. J. Neurosurg. 104(4):647 

Zaatreh, M.M., Tennison, M.X. D'Cruz, O'N, Beach, R.L. Anticonvulsant-induced chorea: a role for pharmacodynamic drug interaction? Seizure. 2001 Dec;10(8):596-9.

Elixhauser, A., Leidy, N.K., Rentz, A.M., Beach, R., Pellock, J.M., Schachter, S.C. Williams, M.K. Telephone Validation of the Quality of Life in Epilepsy Inventory (QOLIE-89). Epilepsia 1999 40:97-106.

Sharp S, Stone J, Beach R. Contrast agent neurotoxicity presenting as subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurology. 1999 Apr 22;52(7):1503-5.

Barnhill, L.J.,  R.L. Beach, B.B. Walters, and J. Wilkins (1999) Post Temporal Lobectomy Mood Disorders in Patients with Medically refractory Complex Partial Seizure Disorder.  J. Neuropsychiatry.

Tennison, M., M. Miles, I Ali, B. Vaughn, O. D'Cruz, R.L. Beach, A. Hinn, P. Tang. L. Boyce and R Greenwood. (1999) "Salivary Monitoring of Lamotrigine and Gabapentin." Epilepsia, 40:148

Beach, R.L., M.M.,  Zaatreh, M.X. Tennison and O.N. D'Cruz (1999) : An Apparent Pharmacodynamic Interaction between Lamotrigine and Phenytoin causing Chorea. Epilepsia 40:145.

Barnhill, L.J.,  R.L. Beach, B.B. Walters, and J. Wilkins (1999) Neurobiological Relationship between Panic Disorder and Complex Partial Seizures.  J. Neuropsychiatry.

Walters, B.B, R.L. Beach, L.J. Barnhill, J. Wilkins, K.J. Kalkowski and S. Lannon (1998) "Outcome of Temporal lobectomy Following Selective Intracranial Monitoring." Epilepsia 39:85.

Tennison, M., M. Miles, I Ali, B. Vaughn, O. D'Cruz, R.L. Beach, A. Hinn, P. Tang. L. Boyce and R Greenwood. (1998) "Salivary Monitoring of Antiepileptic Drugs via the Mail." Epilepsia, 39:60

Naqvi SZ, Beach RL, Armao DM, Greenwood RS. Photoparoxysmal response in late infantile neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinosis. Pediatr Neurol. 1998 Nov;19(5):395-8.

Thompson JE, Castillo M, Kwock L, Walters B, Beach R. Usefulness of proton MR spectroscopy in the evaluation of temporal lobe epilepsy. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1998 Mar;170(3):771-6

Vaughn BV, D'Cruz OF, Beach R, Messenheimer JA. Improvement of seizure control with treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Seizure. 1996 Mar;5(1):73-8.

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