Christianne N. Heck

Professor of Neurology; Medical Director, USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program; Co-director, USC Neurorestoration Center
Dr. Christianne N. Heck

Areas of treatment:



  • Neurology


  • Department of Neurology


  • English
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Christianne N. Heck, MD, MMM

Professor of Neurology;
Medical Director, USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program;
Co-director, USC Neurorestoration Center

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 2
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

About this doctor:

Dr. Heck is the Medical Director of the USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at the Keck Medical Center in Los Angeles. She serves as Vice Chief of Staff at Keck Hospitals of USC, and serves as Co-Director for the USC Neurorestoration Center. She is board certified in neurology with subspecialty training in epilepsy. She is a member of the professional advisor to the Epilepsy Foundation and has serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAECs).

From 2011-12, she served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Public Health Dimensions of the Epilepsies. She is a member of the Association of California Neurologists Board of Directors, where she actively participates in opinions and discussions regarding patient care and access to care within the state of California. She volunteers regularly for Hollywood Health and Society of the USC Annenberg School of Communications Norman Lear Center whose goals are the promotion and evaluation of public health topics in film and television.

Her research focuses on innovative approaches to treating epilepsy, including responsive neurostimulation and paradigms for optimizing neuromodulatory therapies, vagus nerve stimulation and gamma knife radiosurgery. Her expertise also includes services to minority populations as well as furthering understanding of status epilepticus, neuronal injury, memory dysfunction, and the psychosocial impact of epilepsy. She is keenly interested in quality and access to care for epilepsy patients and families across the nation.


Doctor of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC, 1991
Masters of Medical Management, USC Marshall School of Business, 2005


Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, 1991 - 1992


LAC+USC Medical Center, Neurology, 1992 - 1995


USC Department of Neurology, Epilepsy, 1995 - 1996


American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2001; Recertification in 2011

Professional society memberships:

American Academy of Neurology
American Epilepsy Society
Epilepsy Foundation of America


Castle Connolly "Top Doctor,” 2015
Dr. Heck was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
2011 list of America's Top Doctors, compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
Donald M. Palatucci Advocacy & Leadership Forum (American Academy of Neurology) 2006
Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society Gamma Chapter, USC Keck School of Medicine 2001 – present