Bringing CNS Members Together to Make Children’s Lives Better


About the Speakers

Mary Zupanc, MD

Mary Zupanc, MD

Mary Zupanc, MD is a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of California-Irvine. She also serves as the Division Chief of Pediatric Neurology at UCI/Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Director of the Pediatric Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, and Program Director for the UCI Pediatric Neurology Residency Program. 

Dr. Zupanc received her undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974, then carried out a year of research in genetics in Los Angeles before entering UCLA medical school and completing her medical degree in 1979. She  completed pediatric residency training at the University of Washington and Harbor–UCLA Medical Center and pediatric neurology training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the mentorship of Dr. Raymond Chun. She has subsequently been in the epilepsy divisions at the Mayo Clinic, Columbia University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and most recently, University of California-Irvine, collaborating with colleagues to develop pediatric epilepsy programs.

Dr. Zupanc is board certified in Pediatrics, Neurology with special competency in Child Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Epilepsy. She has published articles on a variety of topics, including neonatal seizures, infantile spasms, pediatric epilepsy surgery, and the efficacy of felbamate in intractable pediatric epilepsy. Dr. Zupanc has also authored book chapters on pediatric epilepsy surgery and reproductive health in adolescent girls with epilepsy.

Dr. Zupanc has been a member of the Child Neurology Society and the American Epilepsy Society since the early 1980s. In 2016 she was elected by her colleagues to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors as Councillor for the West. She has also been active in the American Epilepsy Society, serving as the co-chairperson for the Women with Epilepsy Special Interest Group and on the Nominating Committee. As a member of the Professors of Child Neurology for many years, she collaborated with others in the development of a formal pediatric neurology curriculum for residents. In addition, she has been active in the American Academy of Neurology and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, including recent service on the ABPN Maintenance of Certification Committee and on the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties.

David Mandelbaum, MD, PhD

Bruce H. Cohen, MD

Bruce H. Cohen, MD

Bruce Cohen spent two years training in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and completed Neurology training at Columbia-Presbyterian, before returning to CHOP for a Neuro-Oncology Fellowship. He spent 22 years at The Cleveland Clinic before moving his practice to Akron Children’s Hospital in 2011. His clinical and clinical trial research interests have included neuro-oncology, neurofibromatosis and mitochondrial diseases. He has also spent the bulk of his career participating in medical coding education and health policy advocacy, and has served for over a decade on the AAN CPT team, Practice Committee, Medical Economics and Management Committee, chair of the Coding Subcommittee and now chair of the Advocacy Committee and a member of the Board of Directors. He has been actively involved in the CNS Committee structure, joining the Practice Committee in 1995, and chairing that committee from 2006-2012. He has served on the CNS Executive Committee as Counselor from the Midwest (2013-2015), Secretary-Treasurer (2015-2020) and now President (2021-2023).

Mark Mintz, MD