Health Care Symposium and Torchbearer Honors

During Epilepsy Awareness Month in November, we’re uplifting individuals across the state who make a difference in the epilepsy community. From advocates to doctors, youth, and adults, the Torchbearer Honors recognizes and celebrates those who make an impact in improving the lives of people with epilepsy. Join us for a Health Care symposium with guest speakers followed by a luncheon and award ceremony to honor champions in our community.

Event Details


Saturday, November 19
10:00 am Symposium: Innovations in Epilepsy Care, Treatment, & Research
11:30 am Torchbearer Honors: Luncheon and Award Ceremony


JW Marriott, Mall of America
Bloomington, MN

Need a place to stay?

Book your group rate for the 2022 Torchbearer Honors

You may also reserve rooms by calling 1-800-228-9290 and asking for the 2022 Torchbearer Honors Room Block rate. The cutoff date to reserve at the special group rate is October 22nd.

Award Winners

Founders Award

Ilo Leppik, MD

Champion In Epilepsy Care Award

Heidi Currier, MD
Cindy Nelson, R. EEG T.
Tammy Sinkfield, DNP MAN RN PHN CRRN

Community Champion Award

Stacia Kalinoski
Kendra & Erik Weiss

Distinguished Leadership Award

Mark Devaraj
Rachel Dyrud
Julia Valente, MD

Symposium Agenda

Innovations in Epilepsy Care, Treatment, & Research: Moderated by Patricia Penovich, MD – Minnesota Epilepsy Group (Emeritus)

What is Refractory Epilepsy: Gregory D. Cascino, MD – Mayo Clinic

New Medical Treatment Options: Paul Atkinson, MD – Minnesota Epilepsy Group

Refractory Epilepsy and Children: Nicole Williams Doonan, MD – Gillette Children’s

New Surgical Approaches: Robert McGovern, MD – University of Minnesota

New Imaging Techniques and Research: Thomas Henry, MD – University of Minnesota

Thank you to our sponsors!

Event sponsorships still available. Please contact giving@efmn.org.

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