Faculty and Staff

The following faculty and staff members provide care for pediatric patients with epilepsy and related disorders:

Michael J. Noetzel, M.D.
Professor of Neurology
Director, Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology, and the Medical Director of Clinical and Diagnostic Neuroscience Services at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Mary Bertrand, M.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology

Christina Gurnett, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics

Benjamin Lee, M.D.
Associate Professor of Radiology
Neuroradiologist

Matthew D. Smyth, M.D.
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program

Liu-Lin Thio, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics and Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Center

Michael Wong, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics

Kelvin A. Yamada, M.D.
Professor of Neurology & Pediatrics

John Zempel, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Neurology and Pediatrics

Jeffrey Titus, Ph.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
-Dr. Titus is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He received his B.S. in Psychology and Biopsychology from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. In 1997, he progressed to the University of Northern Colorado and earned a master’s degree in Psychology and Human Neuropsychology. Dr. Titus entered the School Psychology program at Ball State University in 1999 and specialized in Clinical Neuropsychology. While attending Ball State University, he served as Associate Director of the Neuropsychology Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Raymond Dean, and he was awarded the Dean’s Citation for Academic Excellence. In 2002, he continued his training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, where he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology. Dr. Titus returned to Missouri in 2004 as a Pediatric Neuropsychologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and an Instructor of Clinical Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine. He serves as primary neuropsychologist for the Pediatric Epilepsy Center and Surgical Program, and he participates in a number of clinical research programs investigating cognitive and emotional functioning in children with neurological conditions. Dr. Titus has on-going projects examining cognitive outcomes in children who undergo epilepsy surgery, and he currently serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of the St. Louis Region.

Ellen Albers, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.S.
Pediatric Epilepsy Clinical Nurse Specialist
– Ellen was born and raised in St. Louis. Her experience includes 18 years of caring for critically ill children and 10 years of working in the outpatient clinics for Washington University Department of Pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Ellen is an Advanced Practice Nurse with the title of Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. Ellen provides care for patients in the New Onset Seizure Clinic and follow-up care for patients with controlled epilepsy.

Tracy K. Connell, R.N., M.S.N, C.P.N.P.
Pediatric Epilepsy Nurse Practitioner
-Mrs. Connell was raised in St. Louis and received her associate degree in nursing from St. Louis Community College in 1991, and her MSN/CPNP from University of Missouri-St. Louis in January, 2001. She has worked as a nurse at St. Louis Children’s Hospital since 1991, and has specialized in pediatric neurology and pediatric epilepsy nursing since 1996. Mrs. Connell provides care for patients in the New Onset Seizure clinic and follow-up care for children with controlled epilepsy.

Giovanni Outlaw, R.N.
Pediatric Epilepsy Nurse Clinician
-Mr. Outlaw was raised in East St. Louis, Illinois and received a diploma in nursing from Barnes Hospital School of Nursing in 1991. He has been employed by St. Louis Children’s Hospital since that time, specializing in pediatric neurology and neurosurgical nursing. Mr. Outlaw is the office nurse for the pediatric epilepsy center. He has one daughter and enjoys basketball, reading and the St. Louis Rams.

Emily Hill, R.D.
Clinical Dietician

Jason Lenox, M.Sc.
Epilepsy Data Coordinator

Barb Smith, R.EEG.T.
Chief EEG Technologist
-Mrs. Smith was born and raised in St. Louis and received specialized training in EEG at Washington University. She worked for 12 years at Washington University as an EEG technologist for Barnes Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital and became an assistant supervisor of the EEG laboratory. She then took time off to raise her two children for 9 years, before returning to St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1992. She now serves as the Lead EEG Technologist for the Clinical Neurophysiology department. She received her certification by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) in 1995. She is married with two children and enjoys needle work and cooking.

Sandra Boyd, R.EEG.T.
EEG Technologist
-Mrs. Boyd was raised in Alabama and received an associate degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She then received specialized technical training in EEG at the University of Alabama. She worked as an EEG technologist for 17 years at St. Francis Hospital and LeBonner Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She then moved to St. Louis in 1992 and has been working as an EEG technologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital since 1994. She is certified by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET). She is married with a 14 year old son and enjoys cooking and old movies.

Melanie Fitzgerald
EEG Technologist
-Ms. Fitzgerald was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1999 with a BS degree in Biology. For two years, Melanie worked in a basic science research lab at Barnes-Jewish Hospital studying kidney disease. In January of 2002, she transferred to St. Louis Children’s Hospital to learn the art of EEG. Now, after finishing the EEG course curriculum and preparing for the Board Registration Exam, she loves her job working with the children of St. Louis and beyond.
Away from work, Melanie also enjoys being involved with her church and family, reading, relaxing with a good movie, and of course, Cardinal’s baseball.

Angela Johnson
EEG Technologist

Deborah Zach
EEG Technologist
-Mrs. Zach was born and raised in St. Louis and received specialized technical training in EEG at Washington University, where she initially worked as an EEG technologist for 5 years. She then moved to Pennsylvania for 6 years. She returned to St. Louis in 1987 and has been working at the EEG lab in St. Louis Children’s Hospital since then 1997. She is married, has 3 children, and enjoys tae kwon do.

Lajune Stanton
Administrative Coordinator
-Ms. Stanton was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where she attended Harris-Stowe State College and St. Louis University. She has worked in the medical field for over 15 years. She also taught English for 5 years at a small private school. Ms. Stanton is responsible for coordinating admissions, ancillary testing, surgeries, and insurance issues. She has four children and enjoys reading and movie watching.