Doctors don’t often see an epilepsy case like Kimberly Bari's. Her seizures – up to 70 per day and often accompanied by severe mood swings – originated from a different part of the brain than most epileptic seizures, making them difficult to treat. When she came to UCSF for surgery, doctors were able to identify where in the brain the seizures came from, but they had to be careful: They were operating on an area of the brain that was mere millimeters from the parts that controlled Bari's ability to talk and move her arms and legs.

After two surgeries at UCSF, Bari's seizures have lessened dramatically and she's able to focus on other things. She is independent, works full time, finds time to volunteer and hopes to help others in similar situations. "The doctors at UCSF have continued to help me," she says. "They're just amazing. They know how to make me feel comfortable and how to move forward." Here, her surgeon, Dr. Eddie Chang, a longtime UCSF neurosurgeon who specializes in hard-to-treat epilepsy, discusses the teamwork that went into Bari's surgery, and how he learns from his patients.