Jorge G. Burneo, MD, MSPH

Professor of Neurology, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Western University
Office:  London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital B10-118
Phone:  519-685-8500 ext. 33464
Secretary: Maria DeSousa


Bio Sketch

Dr. Burneo is Co-Director of the Epilepsy Program at Western University and the London Health Sciences Center. He is also a Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western, Medical Director of the EEG Laboratory at the London Health Sciences Center, and the Co-Director of the EBN Program for Neurology Residents at Western. Dr. Burneo joined the Department in 2005.

Dr. Burneo is also the President of the Canadian League Against Epilepsy (CLAE), and the Vice-Chair of the communications council at the American Epilepsy Society. He is the Co-Leader of EpLink, a research initiative from the Ontario Brain Institute to support research in Epilepsy in the Province of Ontario and a member of the Provincial Epilepsy Strategy, and initiative from the Ontario Ministry of Health to improve epilepsy care in the Province.

Dr. Burneo has published more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, more than 250 abstracts, and has presented in different international forums including AES Annual Meeting, ILAE International Epilepsy Congress and CNSF Annual Meeting. He has also edited 2 books in Evidence-Based Neurology and EEG. He has delivered lectures around the world, and is currently involved in the development of Epilepsy Programs in his native country of Peru. In Perú, Drs. Burneo and Steven have helped develop the first comprehensive epilepsy surgery program in Perú, at the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurologicas, where the first temporal lobectomy for refractory epilepsy was done in 2011.

Dr. Burneo has granting support from the Ontario Brain Institute, Western University, Epilepsy Ontario and the Rick Berg Legacy Fund. His research interests include Epidemiology of Epilepsy (He has been recently named an ICES Scientist) and neuroimaging assessment of epileptic malformations of cortical development in collaboration with the Neuroimaging group at the Robarts Research Institute.

Dr. Burneo did his Neurology residency at The Henry Ford Health Hospital and his fellowship in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also worked for a year while obtaining a Masters in Public Health with specialization in Epidemiology.



Dr. Burneo's main research interests are in the field of functional Neuroimaging and epidemiology. Current projects include the use of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Epidemiology of the Epilepsies, and Evidence Based Neurology.

Medical Interests

Electroencephalography (EEG: measuring electrical activity of the brain), Epidemiology (Health of populations), Epilepsy, Functional Neuroimaging, Evidence Based Neurology, Epilepsy Surgery

Honours & Awards

  • 2016-Present, Fellow, The American Epilepsy Society
  • 2015, Angelika Hahn Award in Education, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, Western University
  • 2012-Present, Fellow, The American Academy of Neurology
  • 2012, Outstanding Poster Presentation, Annual pathology and Toxicology Undergraduate Awards, Western University
  • 2008, Best Doctors in Canada
  • 2008, Research Award, Canadian League Against Epilepsy


PubMed Publications Listing


Duque KR, Burneo JG. Clinical presentation of neurocysticercosis-related epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2017 Sep 4. pii: S1525-5050(17)30545-0. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2017.08.008. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 28882721.

Burneo JG. Neurocysticercosis-related epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2017 Aug 31. pii: S1525-5050(17)30666-2. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2017.08.017. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28867576.

Wang JZ, Vyas MV, Saposnik G, Burneo JG. Incidence and management of seizures after ischemic stroke: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurology. 2017 Aug 23. pii: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000004407. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000004407. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28835405.

Budhram A, Silverman M, Burneo JG. Neurosyphilis mimicking autoimmune encephalitis in a 52-year-old man. CMAJ. 2017 Jul 24;189(29):E962-E965. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.170190. PubMed PMID: 28739848.

Kwan BYM, Salehi F, Kope R, Lee DH, Sharma M, Hammond R, Burneo JG, Steven D, Peters T, Khan AR. Evaluation of ex-vivo 9.4T MRI in post-surgical specimens from temporal lobe epilepsy patients. J Neuroradiol. 2017 Jul 4. pii: S0150-9861(17)30161-X. doi: 10.1016/j.neurad.2017.05.007. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28687122.

Gomez-Ibañez A, McLachlan RS, Mirsattari SM, Diosy DC, Burneo JG. Prognostic factors in patients with refractory idiopathic generalized epilepsy. Epilepsy Res. 2017 Feb;130:69-73. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2017.01.011. Epub 2017 Jan 28. PMID: 28157601


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