UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Szabo, Charles Akos

School of Medicine
(210) 450-0500

Since my arrival to San Antonio after fellowship training, my aim was to develop the South Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (STCEC), representing a unique collaboration between the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), the University Health System (UHS) and the Audie Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital. The program grew from two epilepsy faculty in 1996 to nine members in 2016, providing excellent state-of-the-art epilepsy care at each of these facilities. My focus clinically was to build a viable epilepsy surgery program. Currently we collaborate with two neurosurgeons. We are also expanding our neuropsychological support to two faculty members. Based upon the productivity, we are the only Level 4 Epilepsy Program in South Texas, an accreditation by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. I have continued my administrative engagement Chief of Epilepsy, Co-Director of the STCEC and the Epilepsy Program. The Epilepsy Program also enjoys a close collaboration with the Epilepsy Foundation of Central and South Texas, serving clinics in the Rio Grande Valley (Harlingen, Laredo, Eagle Pass, and Del Rio).
I completed my medical degree at the University of Vienna Medical School, in Vienna, Austria. I pursued my residency training in Neurology and then fellowship training in Epilepsy at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation has one of the leading epilepsy programs in the United States, and for that matter, in the world. As a training program it offered a rare, hands-on experience in evaluating patients for epilepsy surgery and also on provided opportunity to pursue clinical research.
Aside from my clinical and administrative activities in Epilepsy, I was the director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship program in 2000-2005, and from December 2007 to May 2009, I served as the Interim Chair of the newly formed Department of Neurology. This period was fascinating in that I had to build a new clinical and administrative infrastructure for the fledgling department, while providing unabated support for the existing research and academic missions.
I am also involved in research, obtaining my first NIH (R21) grant as principal investigator in 2009, to develop a neuroimaging and electrophysiological platform to study photosensitivity in the baboon. While the baboon has been well-established as a model of photosensitivity, it was not my reappraisal, that it has gaining acceptance as a natural model for genetic generalized epilepsy in humans. My collaboration with investigators at the Research Imaging Institute and Department of Neurosurgery at UTHSCSA, the UTSA and at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, which houses the largest captive baboon pedigree in the world, has resulted in several NIH-funded and commercial grants, some evaluating the mechanisms underlying epilepsy in the baboon using functional positron emission tomography and functional MRI, scalp (mainly to phenotype baboons in the pedigree) and invasive EEG, and histopathology, others the efficacy of antiepileptic medications and neurostimulation, including vagal nerve stimulation and responsive (intracranial) neurostimulation, in epileptic baboons, and looking at neuroimaging, autonomic and behavioral effects of treatment.

1/2014 - Present CME Director Southern Epilepsy and EEG Society
1/2013 - Present Full Member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), San Antonio, TX
9/2010 - Present Professor UTHSCSA, Neurology, San Antonio, TX
6/2009 - Present Chief of Epilepsy UTHSCSA, Neurology, San Antonio, TX
1/2007 - Present Consultant Christus Santa Rosa, San Antonio, TX
9/2005 - Present Co-Director of the South Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Center UTHSCSA/UHS/AMVAH, Neurology, San Antonio, TX
9/2003 - Present Director of Epilepsy Surgery Program University Health System, San Antonio, TX