Dave Fitzgerald Clarke, MD

Department or Service

Location

  • Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-822-1750

Director of Clinical Epilepsy

Texas Children's Hospital


Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Education

School Education Degree Year
University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica medical school Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery 1994
Atlantic Health residency Pediatrics 1998
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI fellowship Child Neurology 2001
University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON fellowship Clinical Neurophysiology 2003

About

It is my belief that we should care for the individual with epilepsy as a whole and not just address seizure control. Seizures are often the epiphenomenon of underlying conditions that may affect the brain. In turn, children may have comorbidities such as inattentiveness, learning difficulties or more subtle changes. If these are addressed as a continuum, we will better serve children with epilepsy that we care for. 

Clinical Interests:

The best way to treat patients with epilepsy requires a three-pronged approach: excellent clinical care, education and auditing quality of care, combined with clinical research. My clinical interest therefore address patients with very difficult to control seizures and their presurgical evaluation. Other modalities of care that are also of obvious interest to me such as the use of medication and the ketogenic diet. Sleep is of vital importance when controlling seizures and maximizing quality of life. I have participated previously in research on the interaction between sleep and epilepsy, and hope to do so in the future. 

Research Interests:

I participate in research that maximizes medical and surgical care. I also participate in pharmaceutical research as well as assist my colleagues in looking at novel approaches to surgery and surgical and neuropsychological outcome.
I have published in national and international peer review journals such as Epilepsia, The European Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Epilepsy and Behavior, The Journal of Child Neurology, etc.  These publications are done in collaboration with others vested in the field. 

I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology - Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology.  I am also board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology - Epilepsy.

Organization

Organization Name Role
American Epilepsy Society Member
Child Neurology Society Member
Epilepsy Society of the Caribbean Past President
International Child Neurology Association Member
North American Commission of the International Leagues against Epilepsy Elected Member
Translation Workgroup of the International League against Epilepsy Publication Task Force Member

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Vidaurre J, Clarke D, Edward K, Chugani H, Moshe S. The Role of National and International Neurology Societies in Global Health. Pediatric Neurology DOI: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2018.01.008.

Tomycz LD, Hale A, Haider A, Clarke DF, Lee M. Invasive Insular Sampling in Pediatrics Epilepsy: a single-Institution Experience. Operative Neurosurgery 2017. DOI: 10.1093/ons/opx253.

Perry MS, Donahue DJ, Malik, S I, Keator CG, Hernandez A, Reddy RK, Perkins FF Jr., Lee MR, Clarke DF. MR-Guided Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy as Treatment for Intractable Pediatric Epilepsy of Insular Onset. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics Dec 2017; Vol. 20. No 6. P 572-582.

Schraegle, W., Nussbaum, N., Clarke, D., & Ma, C. Exploring Pre and Post-Operative Profiles of Hot Water Epilepsy: Revisiting Pathogenic Mechanisms. Journal of Pediatric Epilepsy 2017; 06(02): 081-090.

Barber SM, Tomycz L, George T, Clarke DF, Lee M. Delayed intraparenchymal and intraventricular Hemorrhage requiring surgical evacuation after MRI-guided Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy for Lesional Epilepsy. Stereotactic Functional Neurosurgery 2017;95(2):73-78

Melbourne-Chambers R, Clarke D, Gordon-Strachan G, Tapper J, Tulloch-Reid M. The UWIMONA Paediatric Epileptic Seizure Screening Questionnaire for use in a Resource Limited Setting was found to be valid and reliable in a pilot study. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2015 Sep;68(9):988-93.

Kruass G, Sandy S, Corbin D, Bird-Compton J, Jack F, Nelson B, Jalonen T, Ali A, Fortune T, Clarke DF, Okolie J.  Epilepsy Care in the Southern Caribbean. Epilepsy Behavior 2015 Aug 21;51:267-272.

Books and Chapters:

Titus JB, Loblein H, Clarke, DF. Absence epilepsy. In Kreutzer JS, DeLuca J, Caplan B, eds. Encyclopedia of clinical neuropsychology. (2018) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, Cham.

Titus JB, Schraegle, WA, Clarke, DF. Benign rolandic epilepsy. In Kreutzer JS, DeLuca J, Caplan B, eds. Encyclopedia of clinical neuropsychology. (2018) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, Cham.

Titus JB, Clarke, DF. Febrile seizures. In Kreutzer JS, DeLuca J, Caplan B, eds. Encyclopedia of clinical neuropsychology. (2018) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, Cham..

Titus JB, Loblein H, Clarke, DF. Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. In Kreutzer JS, DeLuca J, Caplan B, eds. Encyclopedia of clinical neuropsychology. (2018) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, Cham.

Titus JB, Clarke, DF. Landau-Kleffner syndrome. In Kreutzer JS, DeLuca J, Caplan B, eds. Encyclopedia of clinical neuropsychology. (2018) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, Cham.

Titus JB, Schraegle, WA, Clarke, DF. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. In Kreutzer JS, DeLuca J, Caplan B, eds. Encyclopedia of clinical neuropsychology. (2018) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, Cham.

Titus JB, Clarke, DF. Myoclonic epilepsy in infancy. In Kreutzer JS, DeLuca J, Caplan B, eds. Encyclopedia of clinical neuropsychology. (2018) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, Cham.

Titus JB, Clarke, DF. West syndrome. In Kreutzer JS, DeLuca J, Caplan B, eds. Encyclopedia of clinical neuropsychology. (2018) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, Cham.