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Texas Medical Center

Neurology, Neurophysiology
Phone: 832-822-1750 (Neurology) | 832-822-0959 (Epilepsy Center)


6701 Fannin Street
Suite 1250
Houston, TX 77030

James J. Riviello, MD

Associate Section Head for Epilepsy, Neurophysiology, and Neurocritical Care, Section of Neurology and Developmental Neuroscience

Professor, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA Residency Anesthesiology 1984
St. Christopher’s Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Fellowship Child Neurology 1983
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA Residency Neurology 1982
St. Christopher’s Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Fellowship Neurology 1981
St. Christopher’s Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Internship/Residency Pediatrics 1980
Tufts University Medical School Doctor of Medicine 1978


Clinical  Interests:

  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Refractory Epilepsy
  • Landau-Kleffner Syndrome, Electrical Status Epilepticus of Sleep and Epileptic Encephalopathies
  • Pediatric Neurocritical Care
  • Electroencephalography and Continuous EEG Monitoring

Research Interests:

  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Status Epilepticus
  • Landau-Kleffner Syndrome and Electrical Status Epilepticus of Sleep
  • Continuous EEG Monitoring


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Neurology Member; Past Chair, Section of Child Neurology
American Clinical Neurophysiology Society Member
Child Neurology Society Member
Neurocritical Care Society Charter Member
Pediatric Status Epilepticus Research Group (pSERG) Founding Member

Selected Publications

Appavu B, Riviello JJ. The Neurophysiology of Electroencephalographic Patterns in Neurocritical Care- Pathologic Contributors or Epiphenomena? Neurocritical Care 2017 June 28.

Riviello JJ. Childhood encephalopathies: The Landau-Kleffner Syndrome and Epilepsy with Continuous Spike-Waves During Sleep. Pellock J, Sankar R, Wheless JW, Nordli DR. Pediatric Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Therapy. Demos Medical New York, 2017, 393-406.

Glauser T, Shinnar S, Gloss D, Alldredge B, Arya R, Bainbridge J, Bare M, Bleck T, Dodson WE, Garrity L, Jagoda A, Lowenstein D, Pellock J, Riviello J, Sloan E, Treiman DM. Evidence-based guideline: Treatment of convulsive status epilepticus in children and adults: Report of the guideline committee of the American Epilepsy Society. Epilepsy Currents 2016:16:48-61.

Devinsky O, Goldberg R, Miles D, Bojko A, Riviello J Jr. Episodic epileptic verbal auditory agnosia in Landau Kleffner Syndrome treated with combination diazepam and corticosteroids. Journal of Child Neurology 2014; 29:1291-1298.

Tsuchida T, Wusthoff CJ, Shellhaas R, Abend N, Hahn C, Sullivan J, Nguyen S, Weinstein S, Scher M, Riviello J, Clancy R. ACNS Standardized EEG Terminology and Categorization for the Description of Continuous EEG Monitoring in Neonates. Report of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society Critical Care Monitoring Committee. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology 2013;30:161-173.

Riviello JJ Jr. Digital trend analysis in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units (ICU). Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology 2013;30:143-155. 

Riviello, JJ Jr., Claassen J, LaRoche SM, Sperling MR, Alldredge B, Bleck TP,  Glauser T, Shutter L, Treiman DM, Vespa PM, Bell R, Brophy GM, PharmD, The Neurocritical Care Society Status Epilepticus Guideline Writing Committee. Treatment of Status Epilepticus: An International Survey of Experts. Neurocritical Care 2013;18:193-200.

Brophy GB, Bell R, Alldredge A, Bleck TP, Claassen J, LaRoche SM, Riviello JJ Jr, Shutter L, Sperling MR, Treiman DM, Vespa PM; Neurocritical Care Society Status Epilepticus Guideline Writing Committee. Guidelines for the Evaluation and Management of Status Epilepticus. Neurocritical Care 2012;17:3-23.

Riviello JJ Jr, Ashwal S, Hirtz D, Glauser T, Ballaban-Gil K, Kelley K, Morton LD, Phillips S, Sloan E, Shinnar S. Practice Parameter: Diagnostic assessment of the child with status epilepticus. Neurology 2006:67:1542-1550.

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