Bradley Lega, M.D., is a neurosurgeon at Children’s Health℠ who specializes in evaluation and surgical treatment of epilepsy, brain tumors and disorders of the spine.
Dr. Lega received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his neurological surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania and performed a fellowship in epilepsy surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Lega is one of the few neurosurgeons in the country who uses stereoelectroencephalography, or stereo EEG, to locate the origin of epileptic seizures in the brain and determine if a patient is a candidate for surgery to treat the seizures. Less invasive than the traditional approach, stereo EEG involves electrodes placed in the brain to record electrical activity during seizures.
“Tools like stereo EEG help me perform brain surgery more safely,” he says. “As neurosurgeons, we want every bit of data possible to help us identify the part of the brain that is causing the seizures so we can do our job with confidence.”
Dr. Lega’s research focuses on how brain conditions affect memory. The research he began at the University of Pennsylvania and continues at UT Southwestern centers on preserving memory function and restoring memory to patients with brain injuries or brain tumors.
Dr. Lega is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Society for Neuroscience.
Education and Training
- Medical School
- Baylor College of Medicine (2006)
- University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine GME (2007), General Surgery
- University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (2013), Neurosurgery
- Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2014), Epilepsy
Departments and Programs
- Memory encoding and retrieval
- Restoring memory function after brain injury
- Hemispheric malformations of cortical development: surgical indications and approach., Lega B, Mullin J, Wyllie E, Bingaman W Childs Nerv Syst 2014 Nov 30 11 1831-7
- Slow-Theta-to-Gamma Phase-Amplitude Coupling in Human Hippocampus Supports the Formation of New Episodic Memories., Lega B, Burke J, Jacobs J, Kahana MJ Cereb. Cortex 2014 Oct
- The gamma band effect for episodic memory encoding is absent in epileptogenic hippocampi., Lega B, Dionisio S, Bingaman W, Najm I, Gonzalez-Martinez J Clin Neurophysiol 2014 Sep
- Human hippocampal theta oscillations and the formation of episodic memories., Lega BC, Jacobs J, Kahana M Hippocampus 2012 Apr 22 4 748-61
- Neuronal activity in the human subthalamic nucleus encodes decision conflict during action selection., Zaghloul KA, Weidemann CT, Lega BC, Jaggi JL, Baltuch GH, Kahana MJ J. Neurosci. 2012 Feb 32 7 2453-60