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Rodrigo Zepeda, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. As an epilepsy specialist, he works with the epilepsy team at UT Southwestern to diagnose and treat patients who suffer from seizures. Dr. Zepeda also serves as the Program Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program.

Dr. Zepeda earned his medical degree with honors at the Tecnológico de Monterrey School of Medicine in Mexico.  After graduating from medical school, Dr. Zepeda spent almost a year providing medical care for marginalized communities in Chiapas, Mexico working for Partners in Health, a Boston-based global health nonprofit. He then completed his internal medicine internship, neurology residency and epilepsy fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. During this time, he also joined the Bhutan Epilepsy Project, which used portable EEG diagnostic equipment to accurately diagnose patients suffering from seizures in Bhutan, located in the Eastern Himalayas.

Dr. Zepeda's research interests include the management of refractory epilepsy, ICU EEG and global health.


Medical School
Tecnologico de Monterrey Escuela de Medicina Ignacio A. Santos (2009)
Research Fellowship
Massachusetts General Hospital (2010), Neurophysiology
Harvard/Brigham and Women's Hospital (2011), Internal Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital & Brigham and Women's Hospital (2014), Neurology
Massachusetts General Hospital (2016), Epilepsy/clinical Neurophysiology

Research Interest

  • Epilepsy Surgery


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Emergency department visits and readmissions in patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) at a safety net hospital.
Ramamurthy S, Steven Brown L, Agostini M, Alick Lindstorm S, Dave H, Dieppa M, Ding K, Doyle A, Hays R, Harvey J, Perven G, Podkorytova I, Zepeda R, Das RR, Epilepsy Behav 2021 Aug 122 108225
Emergent Admissions to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in the Setting of COVID-19 Pandemic-related, State-mandated Restrictions: Clinical Decision Making and Outcomes.
Zepeda R, Lee Y, Agostini M, Alick Lindstrom S, Dave H, Dieppa M, Ding K, Doyle A, Harvey J, Hays R, Perven G, Podkorytova I, Das RR, Neurodiagn J 2021 Jun 61 2 95-103
Association of epileptiform abnormalities and seizures in Alzheimer disease.
Lam AD, Sarkis RA, Pellerin KR, Jing J, Dworetzky BA, Hoch DB, Jacobs CS, Lee JW, Weisholtz DS, Zepeda R, Westover MB, Cole AJ, Cash SS, Neurology 2020 10 95 16 e2259-e2270
Validation of a smartphone-based EEG among people with epilepsy: A prospective study.
McKenzie ED, Lim AS, Leung EC, Cole AJ, Lam AD, Eloyan A, Nirola DK, Tshering L, Thibert R, Garcia RZ, Bui E, Deki S, Lee L, Clark SJ, Cohen JM, Mantia J, Brizzi KT, Sorets TR, Wahlster S, Borzello M, Stopczynski A, Cash SS, Mateen FJ, Sci Rep 2017 04 7 45567
Medication prescribing and patient-reported outcome measures in people with epilepsy in Bhutan.
McKenzie ED, Nirola DK, Deki S, Tshering L, Patenaude B, Clark SJ, Cash SS, Thibert R, Zepeda R, Leung EC, Lam AD, Lim AS, Mantia J, Cohen J, Cole AJ, Mateen FJ Epilepsy Behav 2016 Jun 59 122-7
Hearing loss in Wernicke encephalopathy.
Walker MA, Zepeda R, Afari HA, Cohen AB Neurol Clin Pract 2014 Dec 4 6 511-515
Periodic alternating gaze deviation and nystagmus in posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome.
Mackay DD, Zepeda Garcia R, Galetta SL, Prasad S, Neurol Clin Pract 2014 Dec 4 6 482-485


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Bell´s Palsy. In Pocket Primary Care

Meghan M. Kiefer, Curtis R. Chong (2014). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Seizures, Epilepsy and EEG. In Pocket Neurology

Brandon Westover, Matthew Bianchi (2010). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Seizures. In Pocket Primary Care

Meghan M. Kiefer, Curtis R. Chong (2014). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Honors & Awards

  • Brigham & Women’s Hospital Dunne Award for Outstanding Compassionate Care

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2016)