Jay H. Harvey, D.O., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in evaluating and treating people with epilepsy.

A Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society, Dr. Harvey currently chairs the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas.

Dr. Harvey’s research focuses on non-traditional epilepsy therapies, including surgery, laser therapy, medical devices such as vagus nerve stimulators and responsive neurostimulators, and cannabidiol (CBD) oil.

He has served as a principal or co-investigator for more than 70 clinical studies, published a number of journal articles and abstracts, and delivered scores of presentations.

Dr. Harvey is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult neurology, with added qualifications in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology. He also is certified by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology and the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Prior to joining the UT Southwestern faculty in 2017, he spent 20 years in private practice, most recently as a partner with Texas Epilepsy Group.

Dr. Harvey earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He completed his medical training and a neurology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and then received advanced training in epilepsy, electroencephalography (EEG) and sleep disorders through a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

He is a member of professional organizations that include the American Academy of Neurology, American Epilepsy Society, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, Texas Medical Association, and Texas Neurological Society.

In 2018, he was named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly.

Meet Dr. Harvey

Neurologist Specializing in Epilepsy in Dallas

Neurologist Jay Harvey, D.O., is an expert in evaluating and treating people with epilepsy and seizure disorders - particularly those whose symptoms aren't controlled with standard therapies.

Using sophisticated technologies such as electroencephalography and intracranial monitoring, Dr. Harvey and his colleagues at UT Southwestern Medical Center determine if patients are candidates for surgery, device implantation, or clinical trials of promising non-traditional epilepsy treatments.

Fellowship trained, Dr. Harvey is a board certified epileptologist with 20-plus years of clinical expertise.

Dispelling the Myths

In addition to evaluating and treating patients, Dr. Harvey and his team also try to fight the lingering stigma of epilepsy.

"It wasn't very long ago that epilepsy was considered a psychiatric disorder, so there can still be a lot of misinformation surrounding it," he says.

"We work hard to dispel the myths - such as that people with epilepsy are neurologically damaged or mentally impaired, and that women with the disorder shouldn't get pregnant or breastfeed - because these things simply aren't true.

"Most people with epilepsy are very healthy otherwise," he continues, "yet this condition that affects them for only a few minutes at a time can have a devastating impact on their lives and the way other people see them."

Educating the public and healthcare providers is part of the comprehensive epilepsy program at UTSW. Compassion and availability form the foundation for treating patients.

"I have always valued the relationships I have with the people I care for. In addition to treating them, I really enjoy  talking  with patients."

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1992-1994), Epilepsy
  • Residency - University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital (1989-1992), Neurology
  • Internship - University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital (1988-1989), Transitional Year
  • Medical School - UNT Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (1984-1988)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Epilepsy Society (1992), Professional Epilepsy Society
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Epilepsy & Seizures

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Q&A by Dr. Harvey