Georgia Montouris approaches epilepsy from a few perspectives. As a neurologist who treats adults and children, she understands the disease’s complexity and its impact on patients and families. As someone who has performed clinical trials in a number of settings, she is optimistic about new and future medications to treat the disorder. Additionally, as a physician who is motivated to help her patients, Dr. Montouris donates the use of her horse stable in order to provide children with epilepsy and handicapped children the opportunity to ride horses safely.
Given that as many as 30 percent of adult and pediatric patients don’t respond to current treatment, epilepsy is a clinical challenge. “Some parents are understandably reticent to put their child on medications,” Dr. Montouris says. “But the fact remains that the child’s seizures need to be controlled.” There is good news—namely, the recent approval by the FDA of the first new epilepsy medication in five years. “We are encouraged to now have Lyrica, which is approved for use in patients over age 12.”
Dr. Montouris’ clinical interests include in the impact of seizure medication on pregnant women and their fetuses. “We have found that with a team approach involving the neurologist and the obstetrician that emphasizes careful monitoring, patients often do very well.”
Away from Boston Medical Center, Dr. Montouris cares for her four horses and runs Epi-Camp, a camp for children with epilepsy. “A while back, I began inviting my pediatric and young adult epilepsy patients to come and ride with a good support system in place—as many as three people accompanying each rider,” she says. On the third Sunday of each month from March through October, patients and parents enjoy the rare opportunity that Epi-Camp offers.