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

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Languages

  • English
  • Russian

Clinical Details

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

Dr. Barkan joined the Department of Neurology as an Associate Professor, coming from SUNY Upstate Medical University via Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and Dartmouth University in Hanover, NH.

Her expertise is in surgical treatment for intractable epilepsy in both adult and pediatric patients. Dr. Barkan spent 13 years as part of a surgical epilepsy program at Darmouth and participated in over 300 surgeries there. Afterwards, she did a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, which also involved both adult and pediatric epilepsy surgery. Her direct mentors include the late Dr. Peter Williamson, Dr. Greg Holmes, Dr. Vijay Thadani, Dr. Elson So, Dr. Barbara Westmoreland, Dr. Greg Cascino, Dr. Terry Lagerlund, and Dr. Greg Worrell.

Her other interests include “routine electroencephalography” and intensive care EEG recording and interpretation.

Dr. Barkan received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, then both her MD degree and her PhD in Engineering Science from Dartmouth Medical School and Thayer School of Engineering in Hanover, NH. She completed her internship and residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where she served as chief resident from 2005-2006. Dr. Barkan then completed her fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG/Epilepsy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She was at SUNY-Upstate as an attending Epileptologist, with her practice split 50-50 between adult and pediatric epilepsy patients, until her arrival at the University of Utah in 2011.

Dr. Barkan is currently working at both the University of Utah Hospital and at Primary Children’s Medical Center, seeing both adult and pediatric patients with seizures. She is privileged to work with Dr. Colin Van Orman on the pediatric side, and with Dr. John Kestle, a pediatric neurosurgeon, and with Dr. Paul House, an adult neurosurgeon, at the U of U.

Dr. Barkan is a co-director of the U of U Surgical Epilepsy Program (SEP).

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

  • Alternative or adjuvant medicine methods for the management of neurological diseases
  • General Neurology
  • 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 Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr. Helen Barkan is an Associate Professor (Clinical) 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 and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, receiving a dual MD/PhD degree.

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 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.

Dr. Barkan then completed an Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN, where her main mentor was Dr. Barbara Westmoreland. 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 curriculum design.

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”.

Presently, she is a co-director of Surgical Epilepsy Program at the University of Utah, and is also a director of Medical Sciences 4th-year track at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

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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