Anto Bagic

Anto I. Bagic

Professor of Neurology and Chief of Epilepsy Division at UPMC

Location:
4372 ROUTE 6, Kane, Pennsylvania, United States
Company:
UPMC
HQ Phone:
(800) 565-9200

General Information

Experience

Chief, Epilepsy Division  - University of Pittsburgh

Education

M.D  - 

M.Sc.  - 

Affiliations

Board Member  - National Association of Epilepsy Centers

Founding Board Member  - American Clinical MEG Society

Recent News  

Anto Bagic is the head of epilepsy treatment at UPMC and a national leader in using magnetoencephalography, or MEG, a way to determine where the epicenters of seizures are in the brain.
The prospect of brain surgery can be frightening. Not only can a doctor remove a part of what makes you you, but the legacy of brain surgery is clouded by such crude procedures as frontal lobotomies. And yet, when it comes to epilepsy, surgery is being vastly underused, says Anto Bagic, director of the University of Pittsburgh's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Epilepsy affects 2.5 million to 3 million people in the United States, and nearly 1 million of those patients have uncontrolled seizures -- periodic electrical firestorms in their brains that cannot be governed by medications. ANTO BAGIC The MEG machine uses extremely sensitive detectors to map the magnetic fields created by the brain's electrical activity, and because epilepsy involves "a critical mass of brain cells firing together in a violent way," Dr. Bagic said, it can help pinpoint the source of seizures in the brain. "It's like trying to reconstruct a car accident by studying the wreckage rather than by watching the accident," Dr. Bagic said. Sometimes, doctors need to be even more precise about the epicenter of a seizure. In those cases, they bring patients into the hospital, remove a part of their skull, place an electrode grid directly on the surface of the brain and then wait for them to have a seizure. The electrode array can pinpoint where the disturbance erupts. Even if every epilepsy patient eligible for surgery could get it, there would still hundreds of thousands more with uncontrolled seizures, Dr. Bagic said. Dr. Bagic's MEG device would be of great value if it were only used for his epilepsy diagnoses, but because it sits in a major research institution, it is also being employed for several scientific studies. The MEG machine is currently being used for studies of dementia, depression and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Dr. Bagic is also using it to chart the progress being made by UPMC's first hand transplant recipient, Josh Maloney, who lost his right hand in a Marine training exercise explosion. As a founding board member of the American Clinical MEG Society, Dr. Bagic has lobbied for regular insurance coverage for MEG scans used in epilepsy diagnosis and mapping tumors and other brain lesions.

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Anto Bagic, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (UPCEC)

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Anto Bagic, M.D, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (UPCEC)

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