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Cormac A. O'Donovan, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

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4.5 out of 5

68 Ratings

Cormac A. O'Donovan, M.D.

Associate Professor,

Clinical Interests

Electroencephalography, Epilepsy, Neurology (general), Sleep Studies, Evoked Potentials, Syncope, Sleep Medicine

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New Patient Appointments: 336-716-WAKE
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Education & Training

  • M.D., University College Galway-Ireland, 1985
  • Internship, Surgery, Ennis General Hospital-Ireland, 1985
  • Internship, Medicine, University Hospital Galway-Ire, 1987
  • Residency, Neurology, Richmond & Beaumont Hospitals-, 1989
  • Residency, Neurology, Cleveland Clinic Hosp, 1993
  • Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Hosp, 1995

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Epilepsy
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Sleep Medicine


  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Am EEG Society

NPI Number

  • 1366428443
Cormac A. O'Donovan, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.5 out of 5

68 Ratings

Cormac A. O'Donovan, M.D.

Associate Professor, Neurology

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Academic: 336-716-0328 | Department: 336-716-4101

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Recent Publications

Burnout, career satisfaction, and well-being among US neurology residents and fellows in 2016. Levin KH, Shanafelt TD, Keran CM, Busis NA, Foster LA, Molano JRV, O'Donovan CA, Ratliff JB, Schwarz HB, Sloan JA, Cascino TL.. Neurology. 2017;89(5):492-501.

Burnout and stress in medicine in the 21st century: catastrophe or opportunity? [commentary]. O'Donovan CA.. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2017;26(3):125-127.

Long-term treatment with responsive brain stimulation in adults with refractory partial seizures. Bergey GK, Morrell MJ, Mizrahi EM, Goldman A, King-Stephens D, Nair D, Srinivasan S, Jobst B, Gross RE, Shields DC, Barkley G, Salanova V, Olejniczak P, Cole A, Cash SS, Noe K, Wharen R, Worrell G, Murro AM, Edwards J, Duchowny M,.. Neurology. 2015;84(8):810-817.

To do or not to do? Magnetoencephalography in the presurgical evaluation of epilepsy [editorial]. O'Donovan CA.. Epilepsy Behav. 2015;46():8-9.

Comparison of stereo-EEG and grid-implanted phase II patients' experience prior to epilspsy surgery: the Wake Forest experience [abstract]. Woodard V, Boggs J, Couture D, Laxton A, Popli G, Silvia M, Sam M, Munger-Clary H, Wong M, O'Donovan C.. In: Abstracts of the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society; 2016 Dec 2-6; Houston (TX). 2015;():A2.171.

Two-year seizure reduction in adults with medically intractable partial onset epilepsy treated with responsive neurostimulation: final results of the RNS System Pivotal trial. Heck CN, King-Stephens D, Massey AD, Nair DR, Jobst BC, Barkley GL, Salanova V, Cole AJ, Smith MC, Gwinn RP, Skidmore C, Van Ness PC, Bergey GK, Park YD, Miller I, Geller E, Rutecki PA, Zimmerman R, Spencer DC, Goldman A,.. Epilepsia. 2014;55(3):432-441.

Proposal: different types of alteration and loss of consciousness in epilepsy. Luders H, Amina S, Bailey C, Baumgartner C, Benbadis S, Bermeo A, Carreno M, Devereaux M, Diehl B, Eccher M, Edwards J, Fastenau P, Fernandez Baca-Vaca G, Godoy J, Hamer H, Hong SB, Ikeda A, Kahane P, Kaiboriboon K, Kalamangalam G, Lardizabal D,.. Epilepsia. 2014;55(8):1140-1144.

Localization of interictal epileptiform activity using magnetoencephalography with synthetic aperture magnetometry in patients with a vagus nerve stimulator. Stapleton-Kotloski JR, Kotloski RJ, Boggs JA [sic] [Boggs JG], Popli G, O'Donovan CA, Couture DE, Cornell C, Godwin DW.. Front Neurol. 2014;5():244.

Successful ECT treatment for medically refractory nonconvulsive status epilepticus in pediatric patient. Shin HW, O'Donovan CA, Boggs JG, Grefe A, Harper A, Bell WL, McCall WV, Rosenquist P.. Seizure. 2011;20(5):433-436.

Localization and identification of status epilepticus by MR pulsed arterial spin labeling [abstract]. Evans AB, O'Donovan CA, Burdette JH.. Epilepsia. 2009;50(Suppl 11):73-74.

Coexistence of mesial temporal sclerosis and neurofibromatosis in a case of surgically treated refractory epilepsy [abstract]. Ferguson PB, Baker M, Ellis T, O'Donovan CA.. Epilepsia. 2009;50(Suppl 11):142-143.

Successful ECT treatment for medically refractory nonconvulsive status epilepticus in pediatric patient [abstract]. Shin HW, O'Donovan CA, Grefe A, McCall WV, Boggs JG, Harper A, Bell WL, Rosenquist P.. Epilepsia. 2009;50(Suppl 11):133-134.

Cerebellopontine angle surgery: microvascular decompression. O'Donovan CA, Kuhn S. In: Husain AM, ed. A practical approach to neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring. New York: Demos;2008: 195-211.

Imaging childhood absence epilepsy with magnetoencephalography [abstract]. Huitt TW, Stapleton-Kotloski JR, O'Donovan CA, Wiggins WF, Wilson TW, Godwin DW.. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 2008;2008(Neuroscience Meeting Planner):.

Ictal asystole treated with pacemaker prior to seizure diagnosis [abstract]. Evans A, Hong JK, Long TJ, Rubery B, O'Donovan CA.. Epilepsia. 2008;49(Suppl 7):6.

Occurrence of burst suppression during treatment for NCSE is not associated with better prognosis [abstract]. Greiner H, Sam MC, Bell WL, O'Donovan CA.. Epilepsia. 2008;49(Suppl 7):40.

Incidence of seizure freedom with adjunctive and monotherapy levetiracetam in patients with refractory epilepsy and new-onset seizures [abstract]. Hong KJ, Bell WL, Sam MC, O'Donovan CA.. Epilepsia. 2008;49(Suppl 7):100.

Imaging childhood absence epilepsy with magnetoencephalography [abstract]. Stapleton-Kotloski J, Huitt T, O'Donovan CA, Wiggins WF, Wilson TW, Godwin D.. Epilepsia. 2008;49(Suppl 7):412.

Analysis of NAMCS data for multiple sclerosis, 1998-2004. Avasarala JR, O'Donovan CA, Roach SE, Camacho F, Feldman SR.. BMC Med. 2007;5():article 6.

Focal akinetic seizures as the only clinical manifestation of partial epilepsy. O'Donovan CA, Chan A, Maxwell S.. Seizure. 2007;16(6):542-544.

Prognostic factors in patients undergoing continuous EEG (CEEG) who have status epilepticus [abstract]. Lanning K, Pandya DP, Pardue D, Shuping JL, O'Donovan CA.. Epilepsia. 2007;48(Suppl 6):183.

MEG spikes localize ictal onset zone with subdural grid electrodes negative for seizure onset [abstract]. O'Donovan CA, Wilson TW, Glazier SS.. Epilepsia. 2007;48(Suppl 6):214.

Outcome of patients with acute brain injury and status epilepticus undergoing continuous EEG monitoring [abstract]. Pandya DP, Pardue D, O'Donovan C.. Epilepsia. 2006;47(Suppl 4):52.

Correlates of depressive symptoms in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. McCall WV, Harding D, O'Donovan C.. J Clin Sleep Med. 2006;2(4):424-426.

Outcome of patients with sleep complaints and normal polysomnograms. O'Donovan CA, Rissmiller R, Rinn A, Fleming S, White JR, McCall WV.. J Clin Sleep Med. 2006;2(3):325-327.

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Associate Professor, Neurology

Clinical Interests

Electroencephalography, Epilepsy, Neurology (general), Sleep Studies, Evoked Potentials, Syncope, Sleep Medicine
Cormac A. O'Donovan, M.D.

Cormac A. O'Donovan, M.D.

Associate Professor, Neurology

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The doctor is alright but I feel as if he does not listen to me about things that is going on with me since he has returned from his trip. I really want him to really listen to what I am saying about things. The last time I was there before this time I was trying to let him know how things were going and he made me feel as if he didn't believe or want to listen.


Always does a great job.


*Dr. O'Donovan explains everything, asks your opinion, then together you go. He always checks on your meds, (he keeps things simple) and I do recommend him to family and friends.


This was first appointment; patient and mother were there for interview, but father wished to hear the summary and plans for care. Dr. was agreeable to including father, though it prolonged time of visit. Dr. made favorable impression on family, and was sympathetic with our needs.

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