Vijayalakshmi Rajasekaran, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology


  • Director, UPMC Presbyterian EEG Laboratory
  • Program Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship
  • Associate Program Director, Epilepsy Fellowships

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Rajasekaran’s clinical interest focus is on intractable epilepsy patients and their treatment modalities that include medical management, surgery, and VNS/RNS. Her research interest is focused on intractable epilepsy, personalized medicine, seizure comorbidities and nonepileptic spells. She has a special interest in teaching and mentoring the budding epileptologist such as clinical fellows, residents, and medical students. 

Education & Training

  • Fellowship, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Clinical Neurophysiology 
  • Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University, Electroencephalography/Epilepsy
  • Residency, West Virginia University, Neurology
  • MD, West Virginia University

Specialized Areas of Clinical, Research and/or Educational Interests 

  • Clinical: Intractable epilepsy, Semiology, Electroencephalography, Prolonged monitoring, Surgical patients
  • Research: Intractable epilepsy, SUDEP, Personalized medicine
  • Education: Planner and organizer for fellowship lectures, member of fellowship interview committee, program evaluation committee, GME and mentorship.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Epilepsy
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology

Professional Organization Membership

  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
  • American Epilepsy Society (AES)
  • American Academy Residency Examination Advisory Council (RITE)
  • American Epilepsy Society,
    • Self-Assessment (SAE) and Epilepsy Fellowship Examination (EPiFITE) committee member
    • CME committee member

Honors & Awards

  • Best poster presentation and GME week winner, West Virginia University
  • J. Kiffin Penry Neurostimulation Epilepsy Fellow Course Scholarship
  • Accepted for UPMC Physician Leadership Essentials
  • Fellow, American Epilepsy Society

Selected Recent Publications 

Syed TU, LaFrance WC Jr, Kahriman ES, Hasan SN, Rajasekaran V, Gulati D, Borad S, Shahid A, Fernandez-Baca G, Garcia N, Pawlowski M, Loddenkemper T, Amina S, Koubeissi MZ. Can semiology predict psychogenic nonepileptic seizures? A prospective study. Ann Neurol. 2011 Jun;69(6):997-1004. doi: 10.1002/ana.22345. Epub 2011 Mar 17. PMID: 21437930.

Burkholder DB, Britton JW, Rajasekaran V, Fabris RR, Cherian PJ, Kelly-Williams KM, So EL, Nickels KC, Wong-Kisiel LC, Lagerlund TD, Cascino GD, Worrell GA, Wirrell EC. Routine vs extended outpatient EEG for the detection of interictal epileptiform discharges. Neurology. 2016 Apr 19;86(16):1524-30. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000002592. Epub 2016 Mar 16. PMID: 26984946; PMCID: PMC4836883.

Paolini SL, Pilato M, Rajasekaran V, Waters JFR, Bagic A, Urban A. Outcomes in three cases after brivaracetam treatment during pregnancy. Acta Neurol Scand. 2020 May;141(5):438-441. doi: 10.1111/ane.13222. Epub 2020 Jan 24. PMID: 31943124.

Pilato MS, Urban A, Alkawadri R, Barot NV, Castellano JF, Rajasekaran V, Bagić AI, Fong-Isariyawongse JS. EEG Findings in Coronavirus Disease. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2022 Feb 1;39(2):159-165. doi: 10.1097/WNP.0000000000000752. PMID: 32639251.