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The Matthew Siravo Memorial Visiting Professor in Child Neurology at Brown Medical School occurs in the late fall of each year. It is primarily sponsored by an annual gift from the Siravo Family Foundation.

Matthew Siravo was born on February 18, 1998, a healthy baby boy. He was diagnosed with epilepsy at age one year. Over the next four years he continued to have seizures that occasionally required hospitalization. Matthew had some challenges for which he required speech, physical & occupational therapy. Despite his learning difficulties, Matthew worked hard, played hard and loved music. He was a spiritual child who loved to attend Sunday liturgy and a very happy little boy who touched the lives of many people.

At age five, in the process of being evaluated for epilepsy surgery at a regional medical center, intracranial electrodes were placed to monitor his seizure activity. While in the intensive care unit Matthew suffered a prolonged seizure, lasting 90 minutes, resulting in cardiac arrest. Matthew died peacefully two days later, on Mother's Day, May 11, 2003, surrounded by his family and friends.

Our hope is to share Matthew's tragic story with medical students, residents, fellows and attending physicians, hence the creation of the Matthew Siravo Memorial Visiting Professor of Child Neurology at Brown Medical School. The lectureship will help shed light on several major areas including, but not limited to: child neurology, status epilepticus, humanism, medical errors and working with cultural differences.

Matthew is survived by his parents, Richard & Debra Siravo and three older brothers; Joseph, Stephen & Christopher. To honor his memory his family formed The Matthew Siravo Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization raising funds for epilepsy research, education, awareness and college scholarships. For more information, kindly visit www.MattyFund.org or at the Matthew Siravo Epilepsy Resource Center for Children & Families, 10 High Street, Suite A, Wakefield, RI.

Past Matthew Siravo Memorial
Visiting Professors

2009
Gregory Holmes, MD

"Treat the patient or the EEG?"

2008
Ann Tilton, MD

"When There is a Breach…"

2007
N. Paul Rosman, MD

"Children as my Teachers:The Education of a Pediatric Neurologist"

2006
Arnold P. Gold, MD

"Shaping Tomorrow's Doctors: Balancing High Tech with High Touch"

2005
John M. Freeman, MD

"Paternalism to Humility:A Thirty Year Journey"

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