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Janna Klein, NP
Maritza Lopez, RN, BSN
Rowena Mah, RN, MS
Manpreet Nirwal, LVN
Mariann Ward, NP


Janna Klein, NP
UCSF Pediatric Epilepsy Center
Janna Klein is the nurse practitioner for the pediatric epilepsy center at UCSF and provides care to children in the outpatient setting. Ms. Klein has been with the center since 2008, after graduating with a MS in nursing from Columbia University, where she wrote her graduate thesis on the treatment of epilepsy in children. In addition to seeing patients in the general clinic, Ms. Klein runs the Ketogenic Diet program.

Education
Iowa State University, BA, 1989
Columbia University, BS, 2006
Columbia University, MS, 2008

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Maritza LopezMaritza Lopez, RN, BSN
Maritza is our Epilepsy Nurse Coordinator and has been with the UCSF Epilepsy Center since 2004. She received her Bachelors in Science from San Francisco State University in 1999. Before this, she worked in the UCSF Neurological/Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit and on the Neurosurgical/Neurological floor for 10 years. She has been with UCSF since 1985. She is a member of American Association of Neuroscience Nurses since 2003. Maritza speaks fluent Spanish.

"Why do I love working at the Epilepsy Center? As a nurse at the Epilepsy Center, I am given the opportunity to share some of my knowledge and resources with patients and their families which I truly enjoy doing. I have made some strong bonds with some of our patients. Everyday, I take time to learn more about epilepsy in hopes of contributing to the wellbeing of a person with epilepsy."

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Rowena Mah, RN, MS
Rowena is the pediatric epilepsy nurse coordinator and case manager for the children with Dravet syndrome and related epilepsies.

Rowena has worked in the UCSF Department of Neurology for about 10 years. She previously served as a clinical research nurse in the Memory and Aging Center, Parkinson’s Disease Research Center, and was also the nurse coordinator and research nurse in the ALS Center. Rowena is a member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. She is a graduate of SFSU and obtained her Master’s Degree in Nursing from UCSF.

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Manpreet Nirwal, LVN

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Mariann WardMariann Ward, NP
Mariann has been with the epilepsy team for over 15 years. She started as the epilepsy nurse specialist and currently works as nurse practioner with Dr. Barbaro. Mariann assists all patients that have undergone surgical intervention by Dr. Barbaro.

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