Epilepsy Center

Epilepsy Center

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Epilepsy Center

When the diagnosis is epilepsy, patients need more than just effective treatment. They need a comprehensive system of support offered by a team of seasoned professionals with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. They need the guidance of specialists who understand that epilepsy is a lifelong condition that affects self-esteem, sexuality, and cognitive function. Patients may need help making decisions about starting a family, choosing a career, disclosing their illness in the workplace, and defining parenting roles, among other critical choices in life. The ideal epilepsy center not only offers therapies based on the latest medical advances, but is staffed by specialists who are making new advances themselves and teaching the leaders of the future. 

That ideal center is the Epilepsy Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, which has an extraordinary track record in the care of people with intractable (difficult-to-treat) seizures. Our center is a Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, a prestigious designation by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers and the highest rank attainable.  Patients treated at Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers receive the best care available from a multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to epilepsy management.

At the Weill Cornell Epilepsy Center, we recognize and understand the daily struggles that people with epilepsy face. Each patient's care begins with a thorough evaluation using the most technologically advanced tests to diagnose epilepsy and pinpoint the areas of the brain where seizures are occurring. Treatment is customized for each patient and may include medications, vagal nerve stimulation, or surgery in select cases. The shared goal of all of our practitioners is to help patients gain control of their seizures and maximize their quality of life. Our team also features professionals who specialize in epilepsy in adolescents, women, and older patients,  those living with HIV and seizures, and patients who also have psychiatric disease. For patients with severely intractable epilepsy, we offer opportunities to participate in clinical trials of new antiseizure medications, surgical approaches, brain-stimulating devices, and other promising treatments.

We also understand how much epilepsy affects families, and we provide support and education to benefit the loved ones of people with epilepsy. Through our COPE Program, our team offers regular educational seminars, facilitates access to community resources, and provides psychosocial support for patients and families to minimize the effects of epilepsy and to help them live the best lives they can live.  Learn more about the COPE Program.

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