Stephen C. Karceski, M.D.

Stephen Karceski

For many years, I have met with adolescents and adults whose seizures have been difficult to control with medications. I have always been interested in newer treatments, including epilepsy surgery and devices. I believe that new technologies will lead to new treatments for epilepsy. For many people with seizures, the best treatment may be a combination of medication plus one of these newer therapies.

Dr. Steven Karceski completed a Biochemistry degree as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his medical degree at Georgetown and completed a residency in Neurology at Stanford University, where he was appointed Chief Resident in Neurology. After completing his residency, he proceeded to a 2-year fellowship in Epilepsy and EEG at Stanford University.

Dr. Karceski is currently the Director of Clinical Trials at the Weill Cornell Epilepsy Center. His primary interest is in the care of adolescent and adult patients with epilepsy and his research interests include the development of new medications, as well as, new approaches to the evaluation and surgical treatment of extratemporal lobe epilepsies.

He has authored many articles that have appeared an Epilepsia, Epilepsy & Behavior, the Current Opinions in Neurology, Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports, Practical Neurology, CNS Spectrums, and Journal of Gender Specific Medicine, and Neurology. Dr. Karceski is also the author of several book chapters and serves on the editorial board for the journal of the American Neurological Association, Neurology. He has been involved with the Epilepsy Foundation for many years.


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


Karceski SC. “VNS and Lennox Gastaut Syndrome: A review of the medical literature and data from the VNS patient registry.” CNS Spectrums 2001: 6(9); 766-770.


Karceski SC, M Morrell, and D Carpenter. “The Expert Guideline Series: Treatment of Epilepsy.” Epilepsy & Behavior 2001: 2(6): A1-A50.


Karceski SC. “Epilepsy: Matching Patients and Treatment.” Practical Neurology 2002: 1(6); 18-23.


Karceski SC and M Morrell. “Women with Epilepsy: Current Treatment Strategies” Journal of Gender Specific Medicine 2002:5(5);22-26.


Karceski SC. “Devices in the Treatment of Epilepsy.” Seminars in Neurology 2002 Sept;22(3):259-268.


Karceski SC. “Treatment of a single seizure.” Practical Neurology 2003;2(8):40-44.


Karceski SC. “Treating Epilepsy in Elderly Patients.” Practical Neurology 2003;2(11):40-45.


Karceski SC. “Expanding Therapeutic options: devices and the treatment of epilepsy.” Current Neurology and Neuroscience Report 2004 Jul;4(4):321-328..


Karceski SC. “An Algorithmic Approach to the Treatment of Epilepsy.” Practical Neurology,


Karceski SC. “When the First Drug Fails.” Profiles in Seizure Management, 2004 Aug;3(4):5-10.


Karceski SC. “Choosing the Right Device for Epilepsy: Prospects for the Future.” Practical Neurology 2004 Oct;3(10):60-68.


Karceski SC. “When to Refer Someone to an Epilepsy Center.” Practical Neurology 2005 Jan;4(1):25-26.


Karceski SC. “Selecting an AED.” Practical Neurology 2005 Feb;


Karceski SC, “Advances in Managing Epilepsy.” Patient Care 2005 Feb;39(2):29-36, 67.


Karceski SC. “Exploring the Link Between Sleep and Epilepsy.” Practical Neurology 2005 Mar;4(3):65-66.


Karceski SC. “AEDs and Bone Health.” Practical Neurology 2005 Apr;4(4):17-18.


Karceski SC. “AED use in aging populations: strategies for success.” Practical Neurology 2005 May;4(5):29-30.


Karceski SC. “Understanding the connection between seizures and women’s health.” Practical Neurology 2005 Jun;4(6):77-78.


Karceski SC. “What we do and don’t know about SUDEP.” Practical Neurology 2005 Jul;4(7):65-66.


Karceski SC. “Don’t get fooled by misleading serum levels of antiepileptic medications.”  Practical Neurology 2005 4(8):60-61.


Karceski SC. “Searching for answers about allergic reactions and [AEDs].” Practical Neurology 2005 Sept;4(9):75-76.


Karceski SC. “Treatment of Epilepsy in Adults: Expert Opinion 2005.” Epilepsy & Behavior 2005 Sept;7(Suppl 1):S1-S64.


Karceski SC. “Exploring the connection between mood disorders and epilepsy.” Practical Neurology 2005 Oct;4(10):24-25.


Karceski SC. The Challenges of Managing Epilepsy in the Intellectually disabled. Practical Neurology 2005 Nov;4(11):83-85.


Seeger S, RN and SC Karceski. Driving and Epilepsy: when to report and what to do about the consequences. Practical Neurology 2005 Dec;4(12):18-20.


Karceski SC. How to identify non-epileptic psychogenic seizures. Practical Neurology 2006 Mar;5(3):59-61.


Karceski SC. Seizures versus Syncope. Practical Neurology 2006 Apr;3(4):16-18.


Karceski SC. Status Epilepticus. Practical Neurology 2006 May;5(5):12-14.


Karceski SC. Exploring the Link between Epilepsy, AEDs, and bone Fractures. Practical Neurology 2006 Jun;5(6):14-17.


Karceski SC. How to get more oyt of your EEGs. Practical Neurology 2006 Jul;5(7):16-17.


Karceski SC. How do Alcohol and drugs influence seizures? Practical Neurology 2006 Aug;5(8):44-46.


Karceski SC. Epilepsy Treatment: Where does VNS fit in? Practical Neurology 2006 Nov;5(10):46-49.


Karceski SC. Is there a role for generics AEDs in the treatment of epilepsy? Practical Neurology 2006 Dec;5(12):50-52.


Karceski SC. Electrical stimulating devices in the treatment of epilepsy. Acta Neurochir Suppl 2007;97(2):247-259.


Karceski SC. Seizure Precipitants. Practical Neurology 2007 Jan;6(1):18-20.


Karceski S. Multiple sclerosis: what have we learned? Neurology 2007 Feb;68(9):E9-10.


Karceski SC. Exploring the link between seizures and migraines. Practical Neurology 2007 Mar;6(3):17-18.


Karceski SC. Seziures, AEDs, and Pregnancy. Practical Neurology 2007;6(4):63-65.


Karceski S. How migraines affect cognitive function. Neurology 2007 Apr;68(17):E23-24.


Karceski SC. How seizures and medications affect men with epilepsy. Practical Neurology 2007;6(5):16-17.


Karceski SC. Can we minimize the interaction between AEDS and common medications? Practical Neurology 2007;6(6):17-18.


Karceski SC. The challenges of treating adolescents with epilepsy. Practical Neurology 2007;6(7):13-15.


Karceski S. Early Parkinson’s disease and depression. Neurology 2007 Jul;69(4):E2-3.


Karceski SC. Reducing anxiety during medical procedures in people with epilepsy. Practical Neurology2007;6(8):14-15.


Karceski S. Seizures after bleeding into the brain. Neurology 2007 Sep;69(13)E13-14.

Karceski SC. When and how to discontinue AED therapy in people with epilepsy. Practical Neurology 2007;6(10):54-57.


Karceski S. Electrical stimulation devices in the treatment of epilepsy. Acta Neurochir Suppl. 2007;97(Pt 2):247-59. Review.


Karceski SC. Hot topic: how to respond to febrile seizures. Practical Neurology 2007;6(11):10-12.


Karceski S. Seizure medications and their side effects.

Neurology. 2007 Nov 27;69(22):E27-9. Review.


Karceski SC and N Rampal. How to succeed with epilepsy syndrome diagnosis. Practical Neurology 2008;7(2):14-17.


Karceski S. Bone health. Neurology. 2008 Apr 29;70(18):e71-3.


Karceski SC. How to identify the signs and symptoms of partial seizures. Practical Neurology 2008;7(4):12-14.


Karceski SC. How and why to identify generalized epilepsies. Practical Neurology 2008;7(5):10-12.


Karceski SC. An approach to treating idiopathic generalized epilepsy. Practical Neurology 2008;7(6):12-14.


Karceski S. Gene therapy and muscular dystrophies.

Neurology. 2008 Jul 22;71(4):e6-8.


Karceski SC. Complementary and alternative medical therapies in epilepsy. Practical Neurology 2008 Jul;7(7): 11-13.


Karceski SC. Update on AEDs and bone health. Practical Neurology 2008 Aug;7(8): 15-18.


Karceski SPatient page. Epilepsy and pregnancy: are seizure medications safe? Neurology. 2008 Sep 30;71(14):e32-3.


Karceski SC. AEDs and pregnancy: the role of registries in difficult decisions. Practical Neurology 2008 Oct;7(10):17-18.


Karceski SPatient page. Progressive supranuclear palsy. Neurology. Nov 25;71(22):e70-2.


Begley CE, Basu R, Reynolds T, Lairson DR, Dubinsky S, Newmark M, Barnwell F, Hauser A, Hesdorffer D, Hernandez N, Karceski SC, Shih T. Sociodemographic disparities in epilepsy care: Results from the Houston/New York City health care use and outcomes study. Epilepsia. 2009 May;50(5):1040-50. Epub 2008 Nov 17.


Karceski SC. Rational Management of Women with Epilepsy Throughout Pregnancy. Practical Neurology 2009 May;8(5):17-18.


Karceski S.  Neuromyelitis optica. Neurology. 2009 Feb 24;72(8):e40-1.

Kaufman JL, Karceski SUsing botulinum toxin to treat diabetic foot pain. Neurology. 2009 Apr 28;72(17):e82-5.


Kaufman JL, Karceski SRisk factors and prevention of lacunar infarcts in 60- to 64-year-olds.Neurology. 2009 Jul 28;73(4):e17-9.


Karceski SCJuvenile myoclonic epilepsy, a common epilepsy syndrome. Neurology. 2009 Sep 29;73(13):e64-7.


Karceski SC. Rufinamide, a new treatment for Lenox-Gastaut Syndrome. Practical Neurology, December 2009 (in press).


Gilmore E, Karceski S. Traumatic brain injury. Neurology. 2010 Feb 23;74(8):e28-31.


Karceski SC. Daily headache: What have we learned? Neurology. 2010 Apr 27;74(17):e73-5.


Books, book chapters and reviews. 

Karceski SC and M Morrell. “Principles in epilepsy: diagnosis and pharmacotherapy.” In, Neurological Therapeutics, Principles and Practices, edited by John Noseworthy, MD. Martin Dunitz Publishers, London. 2003.


Karceski SC and M Morrell. Principles of Epilepsy Management: Diagnosis and Treatment. In Neurological Therapeutics, Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition, edited by John Noseworthy. Informa UK Limited Publishers, London, 2006. Pp: 341-354.


Schevon K, S Karceski, and E Toro. Video in EEG monitoring. Book Chapter submitted for publication, 9-08.

Honors and Awards

Desmond S. O’Doherty Award for Outstanding Academic Performance in Neurology, Georgetown University May 1993

Physician’s Excellence Award, Atlantic Health Systems, June 2003

Stephen Q. Shafer Award for Humanism in Neurology June 2010