Dr. Jonathan Halford is a native of South Carolina and grew up in Charleston. He graduated cum laude from Duke University with a major in religious studies in 1990. After time off to work in medical missions in the Amazon area of Brazil, he attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina where he graduated in 1996. He was a neuro-anatomy instructor part-time as a medical student and he won the AMSA Special Appreciation Award from for teaching medical students in 1993.
After medical school, Dr. Halford spent six years training at Duke University Medical Center where he completed a dual neurology-psychiatry residency training program and a neurophysiology fellowship. He accepted a faculty position in the Department of Neurosciences at MUSC in 2003.
Dr. Halford cares for epilepsy patients both at MUSC and at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. He is very involved in epilepsy research in three areas. First, he works with epilepsy patients in clinical trials of new epilepsy medications. Secondly, he studies the MRI scans of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Third, he studies computer analysis of electroencephalograms (EEG) to detect signs of epilepsy. Dr. Halford is the director of clinical trials and patient registry research (and the director of the translational research unit) for the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery at MUSC. He is also the associate director for technical development for the MUSC clinical neurophysiology laboratory and the director of the associate consortium site at the VA hospital for the VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence Consortium. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Computing at Clemson University.
Dr. Halford sees adults with epilepsy at the MUSC Rutledge Tower clinic.