James W. Wheless, M.D.

James W. Wheless, M.D.

Professor & Chief, Department of Pediatric Neurology
Le Bonheur Chair in Pediatric Neurology
Director, Le Bonheur Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Director, Neuroscience Institute- Le Bonheur Hospital


Education

  • M.D. University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK

Post-Graduate Training

  • Resident - University of Oklahoma Tulsa Tulsa Medical College, Tulsa, OK
  • Fellow - University of Oklahoma Tulsa Tulsa Medical College, Tulsa, OK
  • Fellow - Child Neurology, Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Chicago, IL
  • Fellow - EEG/Epilepsy, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

Professional Certification and Licensing

  • Oklahoma Pharmacy License (R.Ph.), 1979
  • DEA, 1983
  • Oklahoma, 1983
  • Board Certified - American Board of Pediatrics, 1987
  • Board Certified - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with special qualification in Child Neurology, 1989
  • Texas, 1989
  • Board Certified - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Added qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology, 1996
  • Tennessee, 2005

Research Interests

My interests are seizure disorders and epilepsy in children and adolescents. This includes drug therapy, the ketogenic diet, epilepsy surgery, vagus nerve stimulation and magnetoencephalography.

Representative Publications

Book Chapters

Willmore LJ, Wheless JW. Adverse Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs. In Wyllie E (ed.): The Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles and Practice, Chapter 69, Lea & Fibiger Publ., Philadelphia, PA, 1993: 824-834.

Wheless JW , Ashwal S. The Ketogenic Diet. In Swaiman KF, Ashwal S (ed.): Pediatric Neurology: Principles and Practice, Third Edition, Chapter 45, C.V. Mosby Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1999: 719-728.

Willmore LJ, Wheless JW. Epilepsy. In Dale DC, Federman DD (ed.): Scientific American Medicine, Chapter 12, Healtheon/WebMD, NYC, NY, 1999: 1-11.

King DW, Park YD, Smith JR, Wheless JW. Magnetoencephalography in Neocortical Epilepsy. In Williamson P, Oeter D, et al (ed.): Neocortical Epilepsies (Adv. Neurol. Series), Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2000; 84: 415-423.

Willmore LJ, Wheless JW, Pellock JM. Adverse Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs. In Pellock JM, Dodson WE, Bourgeois BFD (ed.): Pediatric Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Therapy, Second Edition, Demos Publications, NYC, NY, 2001: 343-356.

Wheless JW . Vagus Nerve Stimulation. In Wyllie E (ed.): The Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles and Practice, Third Edition, Chapter 72, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, MD, 2001: 1007-1015.

Wheless JW , Venkataraman V, Kim H, Breier JI, Simos PG, Zouridakis G, Papanicolaou AC. In Kayama T (ed.): Advanced Technology (Brain Tumor Surgery: Clinical Application of Advanced Technologies), Japanese Brain Tumor Congress, Japan, 2001: 100-115.

Wheless JW . Recurrent Seizures. In Maria BL (ed.): Current Management in Child Neurology, Second Edition, BC Decker, Inc, London, UK, 2002: 138-153.

Wheless JW . Acute Seizure Emergencies. In Maria BL (ed.): Current Management in Child Neurology, Second Edition, BC Decker, Inc, London, UK, 2002: 430-434.

Maggio V, Wheless JW. Dietary Treatment of Seizures from a Hypothalamic Hamartoma. In Schmidt D, Schachter SC (ed.): 100 Puzzling Cases of Epilepsy, Martin Dunitz, London, UK, 2002: 434-438.

Wheless JW , Venkataraman V, Kim H, Breier JI, Simos PG, Zouridakis G, Papanicolaou AC. Assessing Normal Brain Function with Magnetoencephalography (MEG). In Hirata K, Koga Y, Nagata K, Yamazaki K (ed.): Recent Advances in Human Brain Mapping (International Congress Series 1232), Elsevier, NYC, NY, 2002: 519-534.

Wheless JW . Epilepsy. In Dale DC, Federman DD (ed.): WebMD Scientific American Medicine, Volume 2, Chapter 174, Healtheon/WebMD, NYC, NY, 2003: 2081-2092. (www.samed.com)

Wheless JW . History and Origins of the Ketogenic Diet. In Stafstrom CE, Rho JM (ed.): Epilepsy and the Ketogenic Diet: Clinical Practice and Scientific Basis. Humana Press, Inc., Totowa, NJ, 2004: Chapter 2: 31-50.

Wheless JW . Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy Among Pediatric Patients: Use and Effectiveness. In Pellock JM, Dodson WE, Bourgeois BFD (ed.): Pediatric Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Therapy, Updates to the Second Edition, Demos Publications, NYC, NY, 2004: Chapter 53.

Wheless JW .Special Treatments in Epilepsy. In Rho JM, Sankar R, Cavazos JE (ed): Epilepsy: Scientific Foundations of Clinical Practice, Marcel Dekker, Inc, NYC, NY; 2004: 233-261.

Wheless JW . Epilepsy. In Dale DC, Federman DD (ed): ACP Medicine, WebMD, Inc, NYC, NY; 2004-2005: 2133-2150.

Wheless JW . Vagus Nerve Stimulation. In Wyllie E (ed.): The Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles and Practice, Fourth Edition, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, MD, 2005: 969-980.

Wheless JW , Clarke DF. Recurrent Seizures. In Maria BL (ed.): Current Management in Child Neurology, Third Edition, BC Decker, Inc., London UK, 2005: 139-147.

Wheless JW , Clarke DF. Status Epilepticus. In Maria BL (ed.): Current Management in Child Neurology, Third Edition, BC Decker, Inc., London UK, 2005: 503-508.

Sankar R, Wheless JW, Dravet C, Guerrini R, Medina MT, Bureau M, Genton P, Delgado-Escueta AV. Treatment of Myoclonic Epilepsies in Infancy and Early Childhood. In Delgado-Escueta AV, Genton P, Medina MT, Guerrini R, Bureau M, Dravet C (eds.): Advances in Neurology: Myoclonic Epilepsies, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2005; 95: 289-298.

Wheless JW, Castillo EM, Papanicolaou AC. Magnetoencephalography. In Holmes GL, Moshe SL, Jones Jr HR (eds): Clinical Neurophysiology of infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence, Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, 2006: 799 - 818.

Wheless JW . Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy In Wyllie E, Gupta A, Lachhwani DK (eds): The Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles and Practice, 4 th Edition, Lippincott Williams + Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2006: 969 - 980.

Wheless, JW . The Ketogenic Diet. In Swaiman KF, Ashwal S, Ferriero DM (eds): Pediatric Neurology: Principles and Practice, Fourth Edition, C.V. Mosby Co., Philadelphia, PA, 2006: 1131-1150.

Wheless, JW , Clarke DF. Recurrent Seizures In Maria BL (ed): Current Management in Child Neurology, Fourth Edition, BC Decker, Inc., London, UK, 2007.

Wheless, JW , Clarke DF. Status Epilepticus. In Maria BL (ed): Current Management in Child Neurology, Fourth Edition, BC Decker, Inc., London, UK, 2007.

Wheless, JW, McManis MH. Magnetoencephalography (MEG). In Squire L, Albright T, Bloom F, Gage F, Spitzer N (eds): New Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, Elsevier, Oxford, UK, 2007

Wilmore LJ., Wheless, JW, Pellock JM. Adverse Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs. In Pellock JM, Dodson, WE, Bourgeois BFD (eds): Pediatric Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Therapy, Third Edition, Demos Publications, NYC, NY, 2007.

Wheless, JW , Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy. In Pellock JM, Dodson WE, Bourgeois BFD (eds): Pediatric Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Therapy, Third Edition, Demos Publications, NYC, NY, 2007.

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