Laura Strom, MD
Associate Professor, Neurology

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Medical School:
  • MD, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (1997)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, California State University System (CA) (1993)
Internships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program (1999)
  • Penn State University/Milton S Hershey Medical Center Program (1998)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Neurology (2002)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Neurophysiology, Epilepsy (2003)
Languages: English
Department: Neurology

Professional Titles

  • Director, Non-Epileptic Seizure Clinic

Recognition & Awards

  • UCH Pioneer Award, Medical Staff - University of Colorado (2020)
    Award, recognizing the pioneering work of creating, developing and implementing a novel multidisciplinary clinic for the evaluation, management and treatment of patients with non-epileptic seizures.
  • 2020 Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical LTD. (2019)
  • Medical Staff - Pioneer Award Nomination, School of Medicine - Medical Staff (2017)
  • Medical Staff Award - Nomination, Medical Staff - University of Colorado (2017)
    Nomination for this award is a high honor reflecting the esteem of the medical staff at the University of Colorado Hospital. "I have had a chance to read your nomination letter and was struck by the value of your contributions to what makes us great."
  • Silver and Gold Award - Nomination, Medical Alumni Association (2015)
    highest honor given by the School of Medicine Alumni Association. It is the policy of the Alumni Association to award the Silver and Gold Award for excellence in humanitarianism, citizenship and professionalism for outstanding service to the community, and contributions to the art and science of medicine.

Research Interests

I am currently primary investigator in a study for patients with non-epileptic seizures (NES), The NES clinic has treated > 600 patients as of 2020. Research involves, studying best practices for the care, management and improvement of outcomes in this patient population.

Teaching

  • Associate Professor (2015)
    School of Medicine, Neurology
    non-epileptic seizures

Publications

  • Lenio, S., Kerr, W. T., Watson, M., Baker, S., Bush, C., Rajic, A., & Strom, L. (2021). Adherence to Tele-Mental Healthcare in the NES population during the COVID-19 Era.Epilepsy & Behavior, 116, 107767. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2021.107767
  • Lenio S, Kerr W, Watson M, Baker S, Bush C, Rajic A, Strom L. Validation of a predictive calculator to distinguish between patients with non-epileptic versus epileptic seizures. Epilepsy Behav, 116, 107767.doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2021.107767.
  • Andrea Chau, Meagan Watson, Sarah Baker, Emily Janio MPH, Lisa Viltz, Laura Strom MD., Characterizing Stigma in Patients with Non-Epileptic Seizures: A Prospective Study. 2.287 American Epilepsy Society Abstract (2021)
  • Lenio S, Kerr W, Watson M, Baker S, Bush C, Rajic A, Strom L. Validation of a predictive calculator to distinguish between patients with non-epileptic versus epileptic seizures. Epilepsy & Behavior 2021 [in press]
  • 2. Kluger B, Drees C, Wodushek T, Frey L, Strom L, Brown, M, Bainbridge J, Fischer S, Shrestha A, Spitz M. Would People Living with Epilepsy Benefit from Palliative Care? Epilepsy Behav. 2020
  • 3. Randi Libbon, Sarah Baker, Meagan Watson, Crystal Natvig, Laura Strom, Susan Mikulich. Sex Effects on Coping, Dissociation, and PTSD in Patients with Non-epileptic Seizures. Current Psychiatry Reports (2020) 22:69.
  • Kluger B, Drees C, Wodushek T, Frey L, Strom L, Brown, M, Bainbridge J, Fischer S, Shrestha A, Spitz M. Would People Living with Epilepsy Benefit from Palliative Care? Epilepsy Behav., 114(PtA), 107618.doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2020.107618.
  • Wechsler RT, Radtke RA, Smith M, Vossler DG, Strom L, Trinka E, Cheng H, Grinnell T, Blum D, Vieira M, Moreira J, Rocha F. Serum sodium levels and related treatment-emergent adverse events during eslicarbazepine acetate use in adults with epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2019 Jul;60(7):1341-1352. PubMed PMID: 31260089
  • Pazdera L, Sperling MR, Harvey JH, Sam MC, Strom LA, Blum D, Grinnell T, Cheng H. Efficacy and safety of eslicarbazepine acetate monotherapy in patients converting from carbamazepine. Epilepsia. 2018 Mar;59(3):704-714. PubMed PMID: 29450890
  • Pazdera L, Sperling MR, Harvey JH, Sam MC, Strom LA, Blum D, Grinnell T, Cheng H. Efficacy and safety of eslicarbazepine acetate monotherapy in patients converting from carbamazepine. Epilepsia. 2018 Mar;59(3):704-714. PubMed PMID: 29450890
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Neurology, Member
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, Member
  • American Epilepsy Society, Member
  • Functional Neurological Disorder Society, Member

Practice Locations

Neurosciences Center - Anschutz
1635 Aurora Ct
4th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-2080

UCH - Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion
1635 Aurora Ct
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 2
12505 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Neurology, Board Certification (2017)
  • Epilepsy (2013)
  • ABPN certification in Epilepsy, Board Certification (2013)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Brain and Nervous System
  • Mental Health and Behavior
  • Brain and Nervous System - Epilepsy
Clinical Interests
I am a fellowship trained Epileptologist, specializing in the care and management of patients with non-epileptic seizures. Specialty Clinics: Non-Epileptic Seizure (NES) Clinic, Tuberous Sclerosis (TS) Clinic, Functional Neurology Clinic, Clinical Trials

Care Philosophy
I started my career thinking I would be a psychiatrist and learned to listen first, suspending disbelief. Patients often have their own solutions, and the doctor needs to help the patient discover what those solutions are. I believe the doctors role is to be a partner with the patient in their care. As Ernest Hemmingway put it, "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places." I strive, as do all of my colleagues, to meet patients where they are and to be a guide to wellness.

Personal Interests
I am an avid knitter and knitting for charity occupies a great deal of my knitting energy. I grow my own vegetables and love container gardening, composting makes everything come full circle. In addition to preserving tomatoes, pickling cucumbers and coriander seed, I make jams and jellies. I love to be outdoors doing anything.

Volunteer Activities
I served as past chair of the physician's advisory board to the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado. I am now seated on the Board of Directors of the Foundation. I knit for a breast prostheses organization and for Knit-4-Peace. I am a church volunteer. I am a volunteer fund raiser for the Epilepsy Foundation.

Public Speaking
Yes
NES

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (1997)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, California State University System (CA) (1993)
Internships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program (1999)
  • Penn State University/Milton S Hershey Medical Center Program (1998)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Neurology (2002)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Neurophysiology, Epilepsy (2003)
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Languages: English
Department: Neurology
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13001 East 17th Place
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Aurora, CO 80045

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