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About the Speakers

Kathryn Idol Xixis, MD

Kathryn Xixis, MD

Kathryn Idol Xixis, MD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia. She completed her combined Pediatrics and Child Neurology training at Duke University. Prior to matriculating to the University of Virginia, Dr. Xixis worked for several years at East Tennessee State University where her work with residents and medical students ignited her interest in medical education. She currently serves as Program Director for the Child Neurology Residency Program at UVA, and she is a member of the UVA Academy for Excellence in Education. Additionally, Dr. Xixis has a clinical interest in neurofibromatosis and helped to establish the UVA Comprehensive Pediatric Neurofibromatosis Clinic. Outside of medicine, Dr. Xixis enjoys spending time with her family including her husband, Terry, and their two young sons, James and William.

Joseph E. Sullivan, MD

Joseph E. Sullivan, MD

Joseph E. Sullivan, MD is a professor of neurology and pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and director of the UCSF Pediatric Epilepsy Center of Excellence at Benioff Children’s Hospital. He completed a pediatric residency at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital of Northwestern University in Chicago, where he spent an additional year as pediatric chief resident. He then completed his neurology, child neurology and epilepsy training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, both in Philadelphia, before taking his first faculty position at UCSF in 2007 where he currently serves as director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Center and has served as a principal investigator for a number of clinical trials in the rare pediatric epilepsies.