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Helen Barkan, M.D., Ph.D.

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Languages

  • English
  • Russian

Clinical Details

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(801) 585-7575 Clinical Neurosciences Center
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Bio

Dr. Helen Barkan is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

She graduated in 1982 from Princeton University with an A.B. in Chemistry, then received a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University. She then attended Dartmouth Medical School, after a break for rearing her children, and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, receiving a dual MD/PhD degree as a physician-scholar.

Subsequently, she did both an Internal Medicine internship and a Neurology residency at Dartmouth-Hitchock Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident and Medical School Instructor in the final year. During her residency, Dr. Barkan was exposed to Pediatric Neurology cases on a daily basis, and had the opportunity to work with mentors of international statute, including the late Dr. Peter Williamson (Adult Epilepsy) and Dr. Greg Holmes (Pediatric Epilepsy). In various capacities ( PhD student in Engineering, Neurophysiologist, resident) Dr. Barkan spent 13 years in the Level Four Surgical Epilepsy Program headed by Dr. Williamson and Dr. Roberts, the Neurosurgeon, and participated in over 300 epilepsy surgical cases as a member of the Clinical Neurophysiology group.

Dr. Barkan then completed an Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN, where her main mentor was Dr. Barbara Westmoreland, but also learned from Drs. So, Lagerlund, Cascino, Britton and Shin.

Dr. Barkan then spent 4 years as an Epileptologist at SUNY-Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, where she was heavily involved in resident training and resident/fellow curriculum design. At SUNY she saw 50:50 pediatric and adult epilepsy patients, and covered for Dr. Carl Crosley for pediatric inpatient consults, and also covered up to 12 weeks per year of inpatient Neurology service, incuding stroke service for 2 years.

At the University of Utah Dr. Barkan did inpatient neurology consults for 4 weeks per year, and otherwise she spends her time 70:30 % in Adult and Pediatric Neurology, in clinic, EEG reading, and presurgical evaluations. She has received "MD of the year" award from the Epilepsy Association of Utah.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurology - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Pediatrics - Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Epilepsy
Pediatric Neurology
Board Certification American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • General Neurology
  • EEG in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Automated EEG Analysis
  • Human Brain Mapping with EEG and Evoked Responses
  • Epilepsy, Children and Adults
  • Epileptic encephalopathy, subclinical status epilepticus

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurology - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Pediatrics - Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Epilepsy
Pediatric Neurology
Board Certification American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 585-7422 School of Medicine
Epilepsy/Neurology
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr. Helen Barkan is an Associate Professor of Neurology, Career Track, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

She graduated in 1982 from Princeton University with an A.B. in Chemistry, then received a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University. She then attended Dartmouth Medical School, after a break for rearing her children, and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, receiving a dual MD/PhD degree as a physician-scholar.

Subsequently, she did both an Internal Medicine internship and a Neurology residency at Dartmouth-Hitchock Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident and Medical School Instructor in the final year. During her residency, Dr. Barkan was exposed to Pediatric Neurology cases on a daily basis, and had the opportunity to work with mentors of international statute, including the late Dr. Peter Williamson (Adult Epilepsy) and Dr. Greg Holmes (Pediatric Epilepsy). In various capacities ( PhD student in Engineering, Neurophysiologist, resident) Dr. Barkan spent 13 years in the Level Four Surgical Epilepsy Program headed by Dr. Williamson and Dr. Roberts, the Neurosurgeon, and participated in over 300 epilepsy surgical cases as a member of the Clinical Neurophysiology group.

Dr. Barkan then completed an Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN, where her main mentor was Dr. Barbara Westmoreland, but also learned from Drs. So, Lagerlund, Cascino, Britton and Shin. Dr. Barkan then spent 4 years as an Epileptologist at SUNY-Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, where she was heavily involved in resident training and resident/fellow curriculum design.

At the University of Utah Dr. Barkan spends her time 70:30 % in Adult:Pediatric Neurology in clinic, EEG reading, and presurgical evaluations.

Dr. Barkan’s research interests are in presurgical and perisurgical EEG analysis in intractable neocortical epilepsy. She is also interested in an autism-epilepsy connection, and in brain mapping with multimodality imaging and EEG. She has published articles and abstracts related to brain mapping with evoked responses, pre-surgical intracranial EEG monitoring, and co-authored two chapters in textbooks – “Neocortical Epilepsies”, and in Ernst Niedermeiers’ classic “Electroencephalography”.

She is a PI on two active and two pending IRBs, with the former researching seizure management in the Emergency Department at the Univetrsity of Utah, and another evaluating clinical utility of magnetoencephalography (MEG) in pediatric epilepsy surgery.

Since 2012 she was a Co-Director, with Dr. Paul House, of Surgical Epilepsy Program (SEP) at the University of Utah, creating and implementing standard of care surgical epilepsy practices, and serving as a medical advisor to the long-term monitoring unit (LTM) and to the EEG lab, leading infrastructure design, protocol implementation, and quality control. She partnered with the management to apply for and obtain four dedicated epilepsy beds, and to redesign those hospital rooms accoridng to their purpose, housing mostly healthy people with seizures or spells. SEP-related projects lead by Dr. Barkan included the implementation of SEP care pathway, Epilepsy care pathway for general practitioners in Epic electronic medical record (EMR), the development of patient packets and forms, and tracking SEP timeline in RedCap database, as well as the development of outcomes tracking using Epic-based tools and a novel 4x4 system. Dr. Barkan also developed a collaboration with the Faint and Fall Clinic, for combined EEG/Tilt table testing, and started NICU neonatal EEG program as well. FMRI-EEG collaborative project with Radiology is also about to take off. Autism-EEG project is in the works as well.

In 2015 Dr. Barkan felt that she had achieved all of her short-term goals for SEP resurrection and quality control, and gladly turned over the torch to her esteemed colleague, Dr. Afra, who is the incoming SEP Interim Co-Director. Dr. Barkan plans to concentrate on her clinical research for the next two years, and to work towards extramural funding.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Mayo Clinic, Department of Neurology
Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG/ Epilepsy
Fellow
Fellowship Wake Forest School of Medicine
Workshop for practicing adult neurologist & Epilepsy Fellows
Mini-Fellowship
Chief Resident Dartmouth -Hitchcock Medical Center
Neurology
Chief Resident
Residency Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Department of Neurology
Neurology
Resident
Certification University of California Los Angeles, Cerebral Blood Flow Laboratory
Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography
Certification
Fellowship University of California Los Angeles, Cerebral Blood Flow Laboratory
Transcranial Doppler Ultrsonography
Mini-Fellowship
Internship Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Department of Medicine
General Medicine
Intern
Doctoral Training Dartmouth Medical School and Thayer School of Engineering
Engineering Science
Ph.D.
Professional Medical Dartmouth Medical School and Thayer School of Engineering
Medicine
M.D.
Fellowship Thayer School of Engineering
Colligan Graduate Fellowship
Fellow
Other Training Harvard University Special Graduate Student program
5-course self-directed graduate program in Neuroscience
Postgraduate Studies
Graduate Training Boston University School of Engineering
Electrical Engineering
M.S.
Undergraduate Princeton University
Chemistry
A.B.

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