Dr. Szabo was born Tarrytown, New York, and after living in different states, moved to Vienna Austria, where he completed most of his schooling, including medical school. He returned to the United States for his residency training in Neurology and Fellowship in Epilepsy, both completed at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. From there, with his Colombian wife, Luz, and two young sons, Miklos and Daniel, they moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 1996. He joined UT Health San Antonio, and helped build the South Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, which he currently directs. Over the past 15 years, his research was focused on the characterization of the baboon as a natural model of photosensitive, genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE). He has collaborated closely with the Texas Biomed in San Antonio, Texas, which houses one of the largest baboon colonies in the world, and definitely the largest and oldest captive baboon pedigree. His work ranged from phenotyping a large portion of the pedigree with scalp EEG to characterizing the electroclinical syndrome and underlying pathophysiology with functional and structural neuroimaging, intracranial EEG, and brain pathology. The baboon also provides an excellent model for studying sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, SUDEP, which is the focus his animal and human research currently.