Specialty: Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
Hospital Affiliation: UCLA Health
Dewar S., Pieters H.C., Engel J., Heilemann MS., Lee, E.C (2019). How do patients with drug-resistant epilepsy perceive the severity of their illness? American Epilepsy Society 73rd Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD. December 7th.
Keselman I., Dewar S., Eliashiv D. (2018) A novel treatment of left mesial temporal lobe epilepsy: Implantation of entorhinal cortex and hippocampus using responsive neurostimulation. American Epilepsy Society 72nd Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. December 4th.
Keselman I., Dewar S., Eliashiv D. (2017) Intracranial studies enhance outcomes in patients treated with RNS. American Epilepsy Society 71tst Annual Meeting. Washington DC. December 8th.
Song I., Orosz, I., Chervoneva, I., Waldman, Z., Fried I., Wu, C., Sharan, A.D., Salamon, N., Gorniak, R., Dewar, S., Bragin A., Engle, J. Jr., Sperling, M.R., Staba, R. and Weiss S. (2017) Bimodal coupling of ripples and slower oscillations during sleep in patients with focal epilepsy. American Epilepsy Society 70th Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. December 8th.
Keselman I., Dewar S.,Stern J., Fried I., Vick M., Camardo G., Morrell M., Eliashiv D (2016). Role of pre-surgical intracranial monitoring in determining clinical outcomes in patients implanted with RNS system. American Epilepsy Society 70th Annual Meeting. Houston, TX. December 7th.
Chiang S., Guindani M., Vanucci M., Dewar S., Yeh H., Haneef Z., Stern J.(2016). Pre-surgical PET mapping predicts surgical outcome after anterior temporal lobectomy. American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting. Vancouver, WA. April 16th.
Dewar S., Pieters H.C., (2015). “Reclaiming My Life.” Deciding to undergo surgery for uncontrolled epilepsy. Western Institute of Nursing Conference 48th Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. April.
Pieters H.C., Dewar S (2015). “One Hundred Closed Doors.” Treatment decision-making in uncontrolled epilepsy. Western Institute of Nursing Conference 48th Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. April.
Using Atlas.ti software for analysis in grounded theory research. Lecture for MECN students. School of Nursing, UCLA. May 2021.
Posing questions in qualitative research”. Lecture for interdisciplinary PhD students in School of Nursing, UCLA. January 2021.
Perceptions of illness severity in adults with focal drug-resistant epilepsy. Clinical Neurophysiology Lecture Series, Department of Neurology, UCLA
Advanced Practice Provider Symposium: Epilepsy Diagnostics and Results Interpretation. Committee member- program development and presenter. American Epilepsy Society, December 2020.
The impact of epilepsy on the family. 2019 National Epilepsy Foundation. October 8, 2019. (Webinar)
Careers pathways panel for advanced practice providers 2019. (Panelist: American)
View a current list on PubMed
Dewar S.R., Ranit L., Pieters H.C. “Reciprocal burden: Adults with drug-resistant epilepsy reflect upon informal caregiver support.” Seizure – European Journal of Epilepsy, 89, 85-92, 2021.
Kerr W.T, Zhang X, Hill C.E, Janio EA, Braesch C.T, Le JM, Hori JM, Patel A.B, Allas CH, Karimi A.H, Dubey I, Sreenivasan S.S, Gallardo N.L, Bauirjan J, Hwang E.S, Davis E, D’Ambrosio S.R, Al Banna M, Cho AT, Dewar S.R., Engel J, Jr, Feusner J.D, Stern J.M.
Factors associated with delay to video-EEG in dissociative seizures. Seizure- European Journal of Epilepsy 2021.
Kerr WT, Zhang X, Hill CE, Janio EA, Chau AM, Braesch CT, Le JM, Hori JM, Patel AB, Allas CH, Karimi AH, Dubey I, Sreenivasan SS, Gallardo, Buirjan J, Hwang ES, Davis EC, D’Ambrosio SR, Al Banna M, Cho AY, Dewar S.R., Engel J., Jr., Feusner JD, Stern JM. Epilepsy, dissociative seizures, and mixed: associations with time to video-EEG. Seizure-European Journal of Epilepsy 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seizure.2021.02.002
Shafer P., Dewar S.R,. Leavy Y., Prevos-Morgant M. Educating patients and families in Covid-19 era: Needs, gaps and the role of nurses. A report prepared by the Nursing Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE). ILAE website: https://www.ilae.org/files/dmfile/Educating-Patients-and-Families-in-COVID-19-Era---Nursing-Task-Force---2021-01.pdf
Pieters HC., Dewar S.R., Ranit L., Iwaki T., Engel J. “Surgical decision-making among patients with uncontrolled epilepsy: “Making important decisions about my brain, which I happen to love”. Chronic Illness 2020, https://doi.org/10.1177/1742395320968622
Dewar S.R., Heilemann, MS., Engel, J., Lee, EC., Pieters, HC. Perceptions of illness severity in adults with drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior 2020, Aug 109 https://doi.orgdoi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2020.107091
Moseley BD., Dewar S., Haneef Z., Eliashiv D., Stern JM (2016). Reasons for prolonged length of stay in the epilepsy monitoring unit. Epilepsy Research 2016, 127, 175-178. https://doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2016.08
Dewar, S.R., Eliashiv, D., Walshaw, P., Fried, I., Engel, J., Jr., & Moseley, B. Epilepsy surgery beyond age 60 is safe, effective, and satisfying. Journal of Neurosurgery 2016; 24(4):945-51 https://doi:10.317/2015.3.JNS142317
2021 Selection notice received July 2, 2021- Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Induction ceremony to be held on October 09, in Washington DC
2021 Drivers of Change Award - Clinical Nurse Specialist Team, UCLA Health, CENTER
2020 The DAISY Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
2019 Nurse and Advanced Practice Provider Travel Award of the American Epilepsy Society.
2019 Awarded PhD, School of Nursing, UCLA
2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Future of Nursing Scholarship for doctoral study.
2016 UCLA Neurosurgery Outstanding Clinical Staff Award.
2016 Inducted as a Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society (FAES).
As the program-based CNS, and nurse-leader in an interdisciplinary team, I play a key role in the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of patients with seizure disorders. My sphere of influence impacts complex treatment decisions of the nursing and medical teams, and those of patients and families, with the overall goal to maximize quality of life.
My practice includes the safe management of patients admitted to the epilepsy monitoring unit including the development and implementation of practice guidelines
My professional influence is broad and includes consultancy and advocacy activities across practice settings, nationally and internationally.