Charles Akos Szabo

Charles Akos Szabo

San Antonio, TX

I was born Tarrytown, New York, and after living in different states, moved to Vienna Austria, where I completed most of my schooling, including medical school. I returned to the United States for my residency training in Neurology and Fellowship in Epilepsy, both completed at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. From there, with my Colombian wife, Luz, and two young sons, Miklos and Daniel, we moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 1996. I joined UT Health San Antonio, and helped build the South Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, which I currently direct. Over the past 15 years, my research was focused on the characterization of the baboon as a natural model of photosensitive, genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE). I have 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. My 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 my animal and human research currently.