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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Paul A. Rutecki, MD, is a professor and vice chairman of neurology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is actively involved in clinical trials associated with NeuroPace, which is responsive brain stimulation to control epilepsy. Dr. Rutecki’s medical interests include epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology and developmental disabilities.
His teaching interests consist of epilepsy, consciousness, neurobiology of disease, cellular neurophysiology and clinical neurophysiology. He is also involved in the VA Francis Forster Epilepsy Center at the William Middleton VA Hospital, a nationally recognized center of excellence for epilepsy monitoring.
Dr. Rutecki is active in the American Epilepsy Society and was the scientific chair for the annual meeting in 2003. He has served on a number of society committees and reviews grants administered through the American Epilepsy Society, VA research and Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE).




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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Neurology

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Neurology
Clinical Neurophysiology
Fellowship Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, TX, TX, TX
Residency Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, TX, TX, TX
Internship Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, TX, TX, TX
Medical School State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 1978

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Dr. Rutecki’s research currently consists of cellular neurophysiology, hippocampal synaptic synchronization and animal models of epilepsy. He also received a Merit Review grant through the Veterans Administration to study metabotropic glutamate receptors and development of epilepsy.

PubMed Articles
Sillay KA Rutecki P Cicora K Worrell G Drazkowski J Shih JJ Sharan AD Morrell MJ Williams J Wingeier B . Long-term measurement of impedance in chronically implanted depth and subdural electrodes during responsive neurostimulation in humans. Brain Stimul. 2013 Sep;6(5):718-26
[PubMed ID: 23538208]
Maganti RK Rutecki P . EEG and epilepsy monitoring. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2013 Jun;19(3 Epilepsy):598-622
[PubMed ID: 23739100]
Potter WB Basu T O'Riordan KJ Kirchner A Rutecki P Burger C Roopra A . Reduced juvenile long-term depression in tuberous sclerosis complex is mitigated in adults by compensatory recruitment of mGluR5 and Erk signaling. PLoS Biol. 2013;11(8):e1001627
[PubMed ID: 23966835]
Dabbs K Becker T Jones J Rutecki P Seidenberg M Hermann B . Brain structure and aging in chronic temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2012 Jun;53(6):1033-43
[PubMed ID: 22471353]
Hutchinson EB Rutecki PA Alexander AL Sutula TP . Fisher statistics for analysis of diffusion tensor directional information. J Neurosci Methods. 2012 Apr 30;206(1):40-5
[PubMed ID: 22342971]
Karr L Pan YZ Rutecki PA . CB1 receptor antagonism impairs the induction of epileptiform activity by group I metabotropic glutamate receptor activation. Epilepsia. 2010 Jul;51 Suppl 3:121-5
[PubMed ID: 20618416]
Pan YZ Karr L Rutecki P . Ictal activity induced by group I metabotropic glutamate receptor activation and loss of afterhyperpolarizations. Neuropharmacology. 2010 Jul-Aug;59(1-2):86-92
[PubMed ID: 20385148]
Karr L Rutecki PA . Activity-dependent induction and maintenance of epileptiform activity produced by group I metabotropic glutamate receptors in the rat hippocampal slice. Epilepsy Res. 2008 Sep;81(1):14-23
[PubMed ID: 18495430]
Hermann B Seidenberg M Sager M Carlsson C Gidal B Sheth R Rutecki P Asthana S . Growing old with epilepsy: the neglected issue of cognitive and brain health in aging and elder persons with chronic epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2008 May;49(5):731-40
[PubMed ID: 18031544]
Jones JE Bell B Fine J Rutecki P Seidenberg M Hermann B . A controlled prospective investigation of psychiatric comorbidity in temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2007 Dec;48(12):2357-60
[PubMed ID: 17651410]
Hermann B Seidenberg M Lee EJ Chan F Rutecki P . Cognitive phenotypes in temporal lobe epilepsy. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2007 Jan;13(1):12-20
[PubMed ID: 17166299]
Hermann BP Seidenberg M Dow C Jones J Rutecki P Bhattacharya A Bell B . Cognitive prognosis in chronic temporal lobe epilepsy. Ann Neurol. 2006 Jul;60(1):80-7
[PubMed ID: 16802302]
Maganti R Rutecki P Bell B Woodard A Jones JC Ramirez L Iskandar B . Epilepsy surgery outcome among US veterans. Epilepsy Behav. 2003 Dec;4(6):723-8
[PubMed ID: 14698707]
Sayin U Osting S Hagen J Rutecki P Sutula T . Spontaneous seizures and loss of axo-axonic and axo-somatic inhibition induced by repeated brief seizures in kindled rats. J Neurosci. 2003 Apr 1;23(7):2759-68
[PubMed ID: 12684462]
Sayin U Rutecki PA . Group I metabotropic glutamate receptor activation produces prolonged epileptiform neuronal synchronization and alters evoked population responses in the hippocampus. Epilepsy Res. 2003 Mar;53(3):186-95
[PubMed ID: 12694926]
Hermann B Seidenberg M Bell B Rutecki P Sheth RD Wendt G O'Leary D Magnotta V . Extratemporal quantitative MR volumetrics and neuropsychological status in temporal lobe epilepsy. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2003 Mar;9(3):353-62
[PubMed ID: 12666760]
Rutecki PA Gidal BE . Antiepileptic drug treatment in the developmentally disabled: treatment considerations with the newer antiepileptic drugs. Epilepsy Behav. 2002 Dec;3(6S1):24-31
[PubMed ID: 12609309]
Hermann B Seidenberg M Bell B Rutecki P Sheth R Ruggles K Wendt G O'Leary D Magnotta V . The neurodevelopmental impact of childhood-onset temporal lobe epilepsy on brain structure and function. Epilepsia. 2002 Sep;43(9):1062-71
[PubMed ID: 12199732]
Maganti R Gidal BE Shaw R Rutecki P . Concomitant use of divalproex sodium and lamotrigine in developmentally disabled patients with epilepsy: a retrospective evaluation of efficacy and tolerability. Epilepsy Behav. 2002 Jun;3(3):275-279
[PubMed ID: 12662609]
Getz K Hermann B Seidenberg M Bell B Dow C Jones J Woodard A Rutecki P Sheth R O'Leary D Magnotta V . Negative symptoms in temporal lobe epilepsy. Am J Psychiatry. 2002 Apr;159(4):644-51
[PubMed ID: 11925304]