- Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2014), Epilepsy
- Residency - University of Pennsylvania (2013), Neurological Surgery
- Internship - University of Pennsylvania Health System (2007), General Surgery
- Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine (2006)
Bradley Lega, M.D.
- Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute
- Neurological Surgery
Meet Dr. Lega
Dallas Neurosurgeon Specializing in Emerging Technologies
UT Southwestern Medical Center neurosurgeon Bradley Lega, M.D., specializes in evaluation and surgical treatment of epilepsy, brain tumors, and disorders of the spine.
One of his areas of expertise involves using novel brain mapping and computer-assisted navigation technologies to improve the safety and efficacy of neurosurgical treatments.
Dr. Lega is one of the few neurosurgeons in the country who uses stereoelectroencephalography, or stereo EEG, to locate the origin of epileptic seizures in the brain and determine if a patient is a candidate for surgery to treat the seizures. Less invasive than the traditional approach, stereo EEG involves electrodes placed in the brain to record electrical activity during seizures.
“Tools like stereo EEG help me perform brain surgery more safely,” he says. “As neurosurgeons, we want every bit of data possible to help us identify the part of the brain that is causing the seizures so we can do our job with confidence.”
Dr. Lega believes it is important to keep track of new developments in the field.
“We’ve seen a revolution in our field in the last five to 10 years based on evidence of how a specific surgical procedure can impact quality of life. We can now treat brain tumors, spine disorders, epilepsy, and other conditions using emerging technologies that expand safe, effective options for patients, as well as reduce recovery times,” Dr. Lega says.
“I collect quality of life data, monitor my outcomes, and stay on top of the latest studies to inform my decisions for surgery and do what’s best for my patients.”
Dr. Lega’s research informs his surgical approaches. In order to determine strategies to help restore memory function after a brain injury or brain tumor, he is studying how the brain encodes and retrieves memories. This also helps him design surgeries for tumors and for seizures that take account of the brain’s memory functions.
Bradley Lega, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern. He has secondary appointments in Neurology and Neurotherapeutics and Psychiatry.
Dr. Lega received his undergraduate degree from Rice University and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his neurological surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania and performed a fellowship in epilepsy surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.
He offers patients access to emerging techniques for the treatment of epilepsy, brain tumors, and disorders of the spine. His area of specialty includes using novel brain mapping and computer-assisted navigation technologies to improve the safety and efficacy of neurosurgical procedures.
During his fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Lega gained expertise in the use of stereo EEG, a technique used to identify whether patients with epilepsy are candidates for surgical treatment. He is one of only a handful of neurosurgeons in the country using this technique.
Dr. Lega’s research focuses on how brain conditions affect memory. The research he began at the University of Pennsylvania and continues at UT Southwestern centers on preserving memory function and restoring memory to patients with brain injuries or brain tumors.
He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Society for Neuroscience.
An essay concerning human understanding: how the cerebri anatome of Thomas Willis influenced John Locke.
Lega BC Neurosurgery 2006 Mar 58 3 567-76; discussion 567-76
Postoperative dural sinus thrombosis in a patient in a hypercoagulable state. Case report.
Lega BC, Yoshor D Journal of neurosurgery 2006 Nov 105 5 772-4
Recurrent hemifacial spasm following minor trauma: report of a case.
Lega BC, Harper RL, Dannenbaum MD, Yoshor D Stereotactic and functional neurosurgery 2008 86 6 394-6
Local cortical function after uncomplicated subdural electrode implantation. Laboratory investigation.
Yoshor D, Bosking WH, Lega BC, Sun P, Maunsell JH Journal of neurosurgery 2008 Jan 108 1 139-44
Microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm: long-term results from 114 operations performed without neurophysiological monitoring.
Dannenbaum M, Lega BC, Suki D, Harper RL, Yoshor D Journal of neurosurgery 2008 Sep 109 3 410-5
Quality of life after hemicraniectomy for traumatic brain injury in adults. A review of the literature.
Danish SF, Barone D, Lega BC, Stein SC Neurosurgical focus 2009 Jun 26 6 E2
Cortical resection tailored to awake, intraoperative ictal recordings and motor mapping in the treatment of intractable epilepsia partialis continua: technical case report.
Lega BC, Wilfong AA, Goldsmith IL, Verma A, Yoshor D Neurosurgery 2009 Mar 64 3 Suppl ons195-6; discussion ons196
Isolated lower extremity monoplegia due to a traumatic intraparenchymal contusion: report of two cases.
Lega BC, Bailey RL, Kramer DR, Heuer GG, Chen JY, Schuster JM Brain injury : [BI] 2010 24 10 1231-5
Deep brain stimulation in the treatment of refractory epilepsy: update on current data and future directions.
Lega BC, Halpern CH, Jaggi JL, Baltuch GH Neurobiology of disease 2010 Jun 38 3 354-60
Choosing the best operation for chronic subdural hematoma: a decision analysis.
Lega BC, Danish SF, Malhotra NR, Sonnad SS, Stein SC Journal of neurosurgery 2010 Sep 113 3 615-21
Brain-machine interfaces: electrophysiological challenges and limitations.
Lega BC, Serruya MD, Zaghloul KA Critical reviews in biomedical engineering 2011 39 1 5-28
A patient with thoracic intradural disc herniation.
Whitmore RG, Williams BJ, Lega BC, Sanborn MR, Marcotte P Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia 2011 Dec 18 12 1730-2
Morphometric measurements of the anterior skull base for endoscopic transoral and transnasal approaches.
Lega BC, Kramer DR, Newman JG, Lee JY Skull base : official journal of North American Skull Base Society ... [et al.] 2011 Jan 21 1 65-70
Neuronal and oscillatory activity during reward processing in the human ventral striatum.
Lega BC, Kahana MJ, Jaggi J, Baltuch GH, Zaghloul K Neuroreport 2011 Nov 22 16 795-800
Human hippocampal theta oscillations and the formation of episodic memories.
Lega BC, Jacobs J, Kahana M Hippocampus 2012 Apr 22 4 748-61
Neuronal activity in the human subthalamic nucleus encodes decision conflict during action selection.
Zaghloul KA, Weidemann CT, Lega BC, Jaggi JL, Baltuch GH, Kahana MJ The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience 2012 Feb 32 7 2453-60
Hemispheric malformations of cortical development: surgical indications and approach.
Lega B, Mullin J, Wyllie E, Bingaman W Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery 2014 Nov 30 11 1831-7
Slow-Theta-to-Gamma Phase-Amplitude Coupling in Human Hippocampus Supports the Formation of New Episodic Memories.
Lega B, Burke J, Jacobs J, Kahana MJ Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991) 2014 Oct
The gamma band effect for episodic memory encoding is absent in epileptogenic hippocampi.
Lega B, Dionisio S, Bingaman W, Najm I, Gonzalez-Martinez J Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology 2014 Sep
- An essay concerning human understanding: how the cerebri anatome of Thomas Willis influenced John Locke.
- Restoring memory function after brain injury
- Memory encoding and retrieval