ORLANDO, Fla. ― Barbara C. Jobst, MD, Dr. med, FAAN, FAES has been elected to the American Epilepsy Society (AES) board of directors beginning at the conclusion of the Society's 2023 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 1-5, 2023. A medical and scientific society of more than 5,200 members, the AES is dedicated to advancing research and education for preventing, treating, and curing epilepsy.
Dr. Jobst is the Louis and Ruth Frank Endowed Professor of Neurology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, chair of neurology, and vice president of the service line at Dartmouth Health, both in Hanover, N.H. She has led the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Epilepsy Center, the Cognition and Epilepsy Lab at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and founded the HOBSCOTCH Institute. A graduate of Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, she has served on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock board of trustees.
Dr. Jobst received her medical degree in Germany and trained in epilepsy surgery. She was an exchange student at Dartmouth Medical School in 1992 then went to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, in 1996 for her residency and has been on faculty since 2001. She established the Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring Program where she gained experience in the operative environment. She also established the Women’s Seizure Clinic at DHMC and in 2007 assumed leadership of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Epilepsy Center. Under her leadership, the center became the only nationally recognized level 4 epilepsy center in northern New England serving a large rural population of epilepsy patients.
Dr. Jobst is nationally and internationally renowned for her expertise in epilepsy surgery, including responsive brain stimulation and cognition in epilepsy. She established multiple interdisciplinary clinical and research initiatives, many representing translational projects from bench to bedside. She has participated in multiple multi-center clinical trials and has worked on public health concerns of epilepsy in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She currently is one of the principal investigators of the Managing Epilepsy Well Network, one of the thematic research networks of the CDC. In addition, she developed a cognitive-behavioral program for memory problems — Home-Based Self-Management and Cognitive Training Changes Lives (HOBSCOTCH), currently being distributed and tested in the northeast. She has studied the effects of music on epilepsy.
Well-published in the field of epilepsy, she frequently speaks at national and international conferences.