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About Epilepsy Center

We are committed to our epilepsy patients -- providing excellent clinical management and applying advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and approaches.



Why Choose Cleveland Clinic's Epilepsy Center?

Cleveland Clinic has one of the largest, most comprehensive programs in the world for the evaluation, medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy in children and adults. Our goal is to help you or your loved one manage this disease in order to enjoy a fuller, more productive life.

Team Approach

Our team of dedicated physicians, healthcare professionals and support staff participate in the evaluation and treatment of our epilepsy patients who come here from across the country and around the world.

Pediatric and adult neurologists; neurosurgeons; neuroradiologists; nuclear medicine physicians; nurse specialists; pharmacologists; physical, occupational and speech therapists; dietitians; neuropsychologists and psychiatrists; educational counselors and social workers; and an array of scientists and technologists all work together to offer individualized care to adults and children.

Advanced Diagnosis,Treatment & Care of Future Patients

Cleveland Clinic's Epilepsy Center team:

  • Diagnoses and treats more than 10,000 patients with epilepsy each year
  • Delivers highly specialized care for adults and children in state-of-the-art facilities for evaluating patients for and performing epilepsy surgery
  • Provides state-of-the-art diagnostic approaches and therapies
  • Has established comprehensive research programs for testing anticonvulsant drugs and monitoring blood-drug levels, as well as other research to advance epilepsy treatment for adults and children
  • Trains the most promising future academic pediatric and adult neurologists, epileptologists, neurophysiologists, educators and other specialists interested in epileptology

Appointments

To make an appointment call us locally at 216.636.5860 or toll-free at 866.588.2264.

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Experienced, Comprehensive, Compassionate Care

Each year, our internationally renowned team of physicians and medical professionals sees more than 3,500 patients, ages 18 years and older, in our epilepsy outpatient clinics and evaluates more than 350 patients in our dedicated state-of-the-art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

Highly Skilled Doctors & Care Providers

Our coordinated, multidisciplinary team offers a comprehensive range of skills and knowledge.

The staff of the Section of Adult Epilepsy includes eight board-certified epileptologists, two epilepsy neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, clinical neurophysiologists, neuropsychologists, and a dedicated team of nurses, nursing assistants and EEG technologists.

Technologically Advanced Diagnosis & Treatment

We monitor more than 800 adults in the Epilepsy Monitoring Units, dedicated units that pinpoint the focus of seizures. Our newly expanded monitoring units feature state-of-the art, all digital video-EEG monitoring equipment and are fully staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Facilities include a self-contained, ten-bed Adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit located at Cleveland Clinic main campus. Staffed by experienced nurses and EEG technologists specializing in adult epilepsy, the unit is overseen by our dedicated team of epileptologists.

Our clinicians use a variety of medical and surgical treatment options for the control and prevention of seizures. Treatments are based on an individualized assessment of the nature, type and severity of the patient’s disorder. In March 2009, Cleveland Clinic launched the first SEEG (stereoelectroencephalography) program in North America for patients with uncontrollable epileptic seizures.

Since 2008, Cleveland Clinic's Epilepsy Center has been among a select number of institutions in the world with MEG (magnetoencephalography), a technique used to better identify epileptic sources in patients in whom the area of the brain causing the seizure would otherwise be difficult to identify. More than 700 studies have been performed in our MEG laboratory since its inception. 

Special services for patients with epilepsy include:

In addition novel treatments with the use of investigational antiepileptic drugs and devices are available.

High Surgical Patient Volumes & High Success Rates

We perform more than 250 adult epilepsy surgeries each year. Our epilepsy surgeons have performed more than 3,800 surgeries since 1996. One year after temporal lobe resection, 80 percent of Cleveland Clinic patients continue to be seizure-free; at the 10-year mark, 68 percent continue to be seizure free.

More than 100 adult patients with medication-resistant epilepsy undergo surgical procedures annually, making Cleveland Clinic’s Surgical Epilepsy program one of the foremost programs of its kind in the world.

Cleveland Clinic was one of the first medical centers in the country to perform intracranial brain mapping in patients with epilepsy using electrical stimulation. Advancements of this technique using three-dimensional computer images of the brain now help our physicians to determine the precise location of the seizure focus and its relation to the functional areas of the patient’s brain.

Care for the Special Needs of Children

One percent of children in the United States have some form of pediatric epilepsy. If your child is affected by this condition, you want the best medical and/or surgical care available.

The Pediatric Section of our Epilepsy Center was established at Cleveland Clinic to meet the unique needs of children with epilepsy and has been expanded recently to accommodate an ever-increasing patient population.

Compassionate, Highly Trained Pediatric Doctors & Care Providers

Our pediatric epilepsy team includes five board-certified pediatric epileptologists, two epilepsy neurosurgeons, pediatric neuroradiologists, clinical neurophysiologists, pediatric neuropsychologists, and a dedicated team of pediatric nurses, nursing assistants and EEG technologists.

Each year, our team sees more than 2,000 children with pediatric epilepsy in our outpatient clinics, and evaluates more than 550 children in our dedicated state-of-the-art Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. More than 100 children with severe conditions undergo epilepsy surgery annually, making Cleveland Clinic's Surgical Epilepsy program one of the foremost programs of its kind in the world.

Technologically Advanced Diagnosis & Treatment

A self-contained, eight-bed Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is located at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, featuring state-of-the-art, all-digital, video-EEG equipment.

We monitor more than 550 children in these dedicated units that pinpoint the focus of seizures. Our newly expanded monitoring units feature state-of-the art, all digital video-EEG monitoring equipment and are fully staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staffed by experienced nurses and EEG technologists specializing in pediatric epilepsy, the unit is overseen by our dedicated team of pediatric epileptologists.

Our clinicians use a variety of medical and surgical treatment options for the control and prevention of seizures. Treatments are based on an individualized assessment of the nature, type and severity of the patient’s disorder.

In March 2009, Cleveland Clinic launched the first SEEG (stereoelectroencephalography) program in North America, for patients with uncontrollable epileptic seizures. Since 2008, Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center has been among a select number of institutions in the world with MEG (magnetoencephalography), a technique used to better identify epileptic sources in patients in whom the area of the brain causing the seizure would otherwise be difficult to identify. More than 700 studies have been performed in our MEG laboratory since its inception.

Special services for children with epilepsy include:

In addition, novel seizure treatment with the use of investigational antiepileptic drugs and devices are available through numerous ongoing clinical trials.

Cleveland Clinic was one of the first medical centers in the country to perform intracranial brain mapping for pediatric epilepsy.

Advancements of this technique, using three-dimensional computer images of the brain, help physicians determine the precise location of seizure activity. This technology, along with such procedures as vagus nerve stimulation, offers hope for our young patients struggling with pediatric epilepsy.

Experience in Pediatric Surgery & High Success Rates

We perform more than 100 pediatric epilepsy surgeries each year. Our epilepsy surgeons have performed more than 3,800 surgeries since 1996. One year after temporal lobe resection, 80 percent of Cleveland Clinic patients continue to be seizure-free; at the 10-year mark, 68 percent continue to be seizure free.

Only a few medical centers in the country provide the range of care for pediatric epilepsy that is available at Cleveland Clinic. We believe that providing the best medical and surgical care for children goes beyond state-of-the-art equipment and latest techniques. It also means providing care with compassion. We understand your concerns, and we are here to help.

Adult Epilepsy Team

  • Adult Neurologist/Epileptologist
    Within the Adult Section of our Epilepsy Center we have an experienced and dedicated team of specialists who are committed to meeting the unique needs of adults with epilepsy. Our epileptologists are neurologists who have received specialized training in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of epilepsy and who will work with you and your family to find the best treatment plan.
  • Epilepsy Neurosurgeons
    Within our Epilepsy Center we have an experienced and dedicated team of neurosurgeons are committed to meeting the unique needs of adults and children with epilepsy. Our epilepsy neurosurgeons received specialized training in surgical treatment of epilepsy, and have successfully operated on thousands of patients of all ages with difficult-to-control epilepsies. The success of epilepsy surgery is measured both in terms of its impact on seizure control and quality of life.
  • Adult Psychiatrist
    An adult psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, and other mental health issues in adults. Within the Adult Section of our Epilepsy Center, we have dedicated psychiatrists who focus on the treatment of persons experiencing epilepsy.
  • Clinical Psychologist
    A clinical psychologist offers counseling and behavioral therapy in the treatment of mental health disorders. Within our Epilepsy Center, we have dedicated clinical psychologists who focus on the treatment of patients experiencing mental health challenges and epilepsy, and of persons with non-epileptic seizures.
  • Adult Neuropsychologist
    An adult neuropsychologist performs and interprets tests in regards to memory, language, problem-solving and mood to assist with the treatment recommendations. In the Adult Section of our Epilepsy Center, we have dedicated neuropsychologists who specialize in testing for adults with epilepsy.
  • Neurophysiology specialists
    These specialists are physicians and researchers who specialize in clinical neurophysiology and the continuous computerized neurophysiological assessment of seizures using specialized diagnostic technology, including MEG (magnetoencephalography) and invasive monitoring The results of these specialized tests are important in the planning for epilepsy surgery.
  • Neuroradiologists
    Our highly trained and experienced neuroradiologists interpret imaging studies of patients with epilepsy, using the latest in MRI and other scanning technologies (such as fMRI, PET, and SPECT) to evaluate the patient’s brain structure and function.
  • Bioethicists
    Bioethics is the study of ethical concerns surrounding medicine and technology. Our Epilepsy Center has dedicated bioethicists who specialize in assisting families facing complex decisions about epilepsy surgery.

Pediatric Epilepsy Team

  • Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist
    Within the Pediatric Section of our Epilepsy Center we have an experienced and dedicated team of specialists who are committed to meeting the unique needs of children with epilepsy. Our pediatric epileptologists are pediatric neurologists who have received specialized training in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of epilepsy in children and who will work with you and your family to find the best treatment plan for your child.
  • Epilepsy Neurosurgeons
    Within our Epilepsy Center we have an experienced and dedicated team of neurosurgeons are committed to meeting the unique needs of adults and children with epilepsy. Our epilepsy neurosurgeons received specialized training in surgical treatment of epilepsy, and have successfully operated on thousands of patients of all ages with difficult-to-control epilepsies. The success of epilepsy surgery is measured both in terms of its impact on seizure control and quality of life.
  • Pediatric Psychiatrist
    A pediatric psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, and other mental health issues. Within the Pediatric Section of our Epilepsy Center, we have dedicated psychiatrists who focus on the treatment of children experiencing epilepsy.
  • Pediatric Neuropsychologist
    An adult neuropsychologist performs and interprets tests in regards to memory, language, problem-solving and mood to assist with the treatment recommendations. In the Adult Section of our Epilepsy Center, we have dedicated neuropsychologists who specialize in testing for adults with epilepsy.
  • Neurophysiology specialists
    These specialists are physicians and researchers who specialize in clinical neurophysiology and the continuous computerized neurophysiological assessment of seizures using specialized diagnostic technology, including MEG (magnetoencephalography) and invasive monitoring The results of these specialized tests are important in the planning for epilepsy surgery.
  • Neuroradiologists
    Our highly trained and experienced neuroradiologists interpret imaging studies of patients with epilepsy, using the latest in MRI and other scanning technologies (such as fMRI, PET, and SPECT) to evaluate the patient’s brain structure and function.
  • Bioethicists
    Bioethics is the study of ethical concerns surrounding medicine and technology. Our Epilepsy Center has dedicated bioethicists who specialize in assisting families facing complex decisions about epilepsy surgery.

Epilepsy Neurosurgery Team

  • Epilepsy Neurosurgeons
    Within our Epilepsy Center we have an experienced and dedicated team of neurosurgeons are committed to meeting the unique needs of adults and children with epilepsy. Our epilepsy neurosurgeons received specialized training in surgical treatment of epilepsy, and have successfully operated on thousands of patients of all ages with difficult-to-control epilepsies. The success of epilepsy surgery is measured both in terms of its impact on seizure control and quality of life.

Other Teams

  • Epilepsy Nurses
  • Epilepsy Clinical Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical Therapists
    Physical therapy may be needed for those with issues of mobility. Our therapists are highly educated in helping people regain function and improve balance, while also educating our patients on how to make the home, school or work environment safer.
  • Occupational Therapists
    These specialists analyze how epilepsy affects the ways in which you perform your daily activities and help you learn new, more satisfying approaches.
  • Speech Therapists
    Our speech therapists will help in evaluating and treating patients that may be experiencing language barriers due to complications from the seizures.
  • Dietitians
    Having the right foods as well as balance of nutrition can be an important part of epilepsy treatment. Our dietitians help patients plan out meals and educate on proper nutrition to help the management of seizures and its effects. Together with our pediatric epileptologists, they also guide families in the use of the ketogenic diet for treatment of epilepsy.
  • Neurophysiology specialists
    These specialists are physicians and researchers who specialize in clinical neurophysiology and the continuous computerized neurophysiological assessment of seizures using specialized diagnostic technology, including MEG (magnetoencephalography) and invasive monitoring The results of these specialized tests are important in the planning for epilepsy surgery.
  • Bioethicists
    Bioethics is the study of ethical concerns surrounding medicine and technology. Our Epilepsy Center has a dedicated bioethicist who specializes in assisting families facing complex decisions about epilepsy surgery.