Lara Marcuse

Lara Marcuse, MD




Research Topics:

Autism, Brain, Brain Imaging, Computational Neuroscience, Epilepsy, Memory, Seizure

 Lara V Marcuse, MD, joined the faculty at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2009. She is board certified in Neurology and Neurophysiology and prior to coming to Mount Sinai she worked at NYU as Director of the Epilepsy Consult Service.   Dr. Marcuse received her BA in mathematics and neurobiology from Cornell University and her MD degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  In medical school, she received the Dean’s recognition award for exception clinical and pre-clinical work, and was the recipient of the Daniel Mann Award for her outstanding service to underserved communities.  She did her medical internship, neurology residency, and neurophysiology fellowship at the NYU langone medical center.  She served as chief resident for neurology in her final year of residency.

Dr. Marcuse commitment is to making the lives of people with epilepsy and seizures better.   For each patient she strives for freedom from seizures and from debilitating side effects from medication.  To achieve this, all possibilities are explored including medication adjustment, complementary techniques, dietary changes including the ketogenic diet, and surgical techniques.

The Mount Sinai Epilepsy Center consists of a multidisciplinary team which includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, researchers, nurses, neuro-psychologists, technicians,  nutritionists, and psychiatrists.  As such, the center has been accredited as a level 4 center by National Associations of Epilepsy Centers.   For people whose epilepsy is not fully controlled with medication, surgical techniques will be considered including the more minimally invasive techniques like stereotactic EEG and laser ablation to the more convention like surgical resection and intracranial studies with electrodes arrays of grids and strips.  In addition, the center offersneurostimulation with responsive neurostimulation (RNS) or vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) for appropriate candidates.

Despite their being a myriad of treatments for epilepsy, the options still do not fully treat each person.  As such, Dr. Marcuse with the other epileptologists and researchers seek to pioneer innovative treatments for epilepsy.  We are partnering with scientists at the Friedman Brain Institute to further our understanding of the brain and of why some epilepsy is so difficult to control. 

Dr. Marcuse is committed to working with each individual and family to maximize quality of life.  Her commitment includes people of every age, every cognitive ability, every socioeconomic background, all sexual orientations and all cultural backgrounds.    In addition she is interested in:Pregnancy and epilepsy

Autism and epilepsy

Post traumatic epilepsy

Refractory (medication resistant) epilepsy

Ketogenic diet.

Understanding and treating the cognitive effects of epilepsy




Clinical Neurophysiology

Clinical Focus


MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Internship, Internal Medicine, Bellevue Hospital Center

Residency, Neurology, Bellevue Hospital Center

Fellowship, Clin Neurophysiology, Bellevue Hospital Center

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