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Medical Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Mohankumar Kurukumbi, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Neurology
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Epileptic Conditions/Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 25

Director of Epilepsy Surgery

James Leiphart, MD

James Warren Leiphart, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Brain Cancer/Tumors, Brain Injury, Epileptic Conditions/Treatments, Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 23

John W. Cochran, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Neurology, Internal Medicine
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Brain Problems and Treatment, Concussion, Headaches, Sleep Disorder, Stroke
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 47
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Lewis B. Eberly, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Neurology
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Brain Problems and Treatment, Concussion, Headaches, Sleep Disorder, Stroke
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 35
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Rajesh Gupta, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology
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Years of Experience: 23
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Eric B Sklar, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Sleep Medicine, Vascular Neurology, Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Brain Problems and Treatment, Headaches, Sleep Studies
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 22

Clinical and Support Staff

Dr. Goetz

Hilary Goetz, Psy.D.

Neuropsychologist

Hilary Goetz, Psy.D., is a fellowship-trained neuropsychologist at the Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute (INSI). Dr. Goetz assesses adults presenting with cognitive changes in the context of neurological, medical, and psychiatric conditions. She provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation of adult outpatients with a variety of neurological conditions, including epilepsy, memory disorders, brain injury, cerebrovascular disorders and movement disorders.

Dr. Goetz joined INSI in 2018. Prior to her current position at Inova, she administered neuropsychological assessments at a private practice in Athens, Georgia and at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

She holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pace University and a bachelor’s degree with honors from Cornell University. Dr. Goetz lives in Northern Virginia with her husband.

Cynthia Sullivan, PhD

Cynthia Sullivan, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Cynthia Sullivan has been a partner at the Neuropsychology Associates of Fairfax (NAF) since 2006. She is also an assistant professor of neurology at Georgetown University Medical Center and is credentialed at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Virginia Hospital Center. Dr. Sullivan received her PhD from University of Maryland and completed her fellowship in neuropsychology at Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Washington, DC. For the next 5 years she was the co-director of the neuropsychology program at VAMC and served as the psychologist for the chronic pain program.

Since 1998, she has been actively involved in research. Topics of research interest include computerized cognitive assessment and the cognitive correlates of multiple sclerosis (MS), dementia, neurocysticercosis, allergies, sedating medications, and Persian Gulf War syndrome. She has co-authored book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed journal publications and published abstracts. Her research has been presented at national and international scientific conferences, including American Neurological Association, American Academy of Neurology and the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.

At NAF, Dr. Sullivan provides neuropsychological evaluations to assist with differential diagnosis and functional analysis for a wide range of neurocognitive conditions across the lifespan, including epilepsy, dementia, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, autoimmune disorders, infectious disease, cerebrovascular illness, psychiatric conditions, learning disabilities, and attention deficit disorders. Dr. Sullivan also serves as the director of the training program at NAF. Dr. Sullivan is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, National Academy of Neuropsychology, International Neuropsychological Society, and American Psychological Association. She has also served as a reviewer for a number of scientific journals.

James Landzinksi, PharmD

James Landzinksi, PharmD

Epilepsy Pharmacist

James earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (formerly the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy). He completed a post-graduate training program in general pharmacy practices at the University of Arizona Medical Campus where he received additional training in the epilepsy clinics, and furthered his training at the University of Colorado Medical Center specializing in critical care. James spent the last 10 years working as a critical care clinical pharmacy specialist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, and is now the Pharmacy Clinical Manager at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. His interests include medical critical care and neuroscience specialties.

Becky Schrews, BSN, RN

Becky Schrews, BSN, RN

Epilepsy Patient Navigator

Becky Schrews, BSN, RN is the Epilepsy Navigator for the Inova Epilepsy Center. 

To learn about your options or to schedule an EMU admission, please contact Becky at 571-472-4144 or email becky.schrews@inova.org
 
Becky is available primarily for (but not limited to):

  • Coordinating admissions for patients requiring advanced NAEC Level 4 epilepsy care such as continuous video EEG monitoring and pre-surgical evaluations.
  • Working with patients who have medically intractable epilepsy who may benefit from a diagnostic or therapeutic surgical procedure (VNS, RNS, resection). Those patients can contact Becky arrange a time to meet with a member of our team of neurologists and neurosurgeon in one of our outpatient clinics.
  • Arranging appointments for patients with new onset seizures and refractory (difficult to treat) epilepsy. Most new patient appointments are scheduled within 1-2 weeks of initial contact.

Michael Schmiester

Neurodiagnostic Manager

Michael G. Schmiester received a BS in healthcare administration from Columbia Union College and has board certifications from ABRET (American Board of Registered Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists) in electroencephalography and intra-operative neurophysiology monitoring. Michael is the neurodiagnostic manager for all Inova hospitals. Additionally, Michael is the principle clinical instructor for neurodiagnostic students whom perform their clinical rotation from 1 of 3 affiliated accredited schools. He is a strong advocate for believing that hard work and perseverance are rewarded and that positive thoughts are powerful and rewarding. He involves his staff and students with assignments that reflect these core professional beliefs. His professional interest focuses on the continued expansion of the neurodiagnostic services within Inova. Michael is an active member of the American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists and the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring.

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