Why Choose Us

Research-based epilepsy care personalized to your needs

Epilepsy is a disease of the brain characterized by unprovoked seizures. The Epilepsy Centers at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center are designated as Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers, an honor reserved for the highest level of care by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. We are leaders in epilepsy treatment, research, and education, particularly in the care of patients with difficult-to-control (intractable) seizures. Our experienced epilepsy professionals specialize in the care of patients of all ages with the most challenging forms of epilepsy, including women with epilepsy who are pregnant and patients with memory, mood, or sleep disorders. We also have special expertise in how epilepsy may affect sleep, bone health, and reproductive health.
 

Because effective epilepsy treatment is dependent on an accurate diagnosis, our epilepsy specialists offer comprehensive evaluations using intensive monitoring and imaging tests to diagnose and pinpoint the seizures in your brain. Once we determine the type of epilepsy you have, we match you with effective treatments including advanced therapies such as neurostimulation devices, thermal ablation treatments, high-intensity focused ultrasound, and epilepsy surgery. Certain patients are now candidates for epilepsy surgery who may not have been considered for this treatment in the past.

Our comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Centers are among the largest programs on the East Coast and serve as major referral centers for the treatment of children with hard-to-control seizures. Our transition specialists teach adolescents how to manage their epilepsy and work closely with our adult providers to ensure a seamless transition of services from pediatric to adult epilepsy care.

Our Team

Multidisciplinary epilepsy care from a top-ranked team

Our Approach to Care

Support for patients with epilepsy and their families

Epilepsy is a disease of the brain characterized by unprovoked seizures. If you are one of the more than 2.7 million Americans living with epilepsy, our team understands how much this illness can affect your quality of life including your ability to work, raise a family, or go to school. We are committed to  working with you to find the best treatment to control your seizures. 

Both adult and pediatric epilepsy care begins with an accurate diagnosis. In our state-of-the-art Epilepsy Monitoring Units, we combine video and electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring to assess seizure type, location, and frequency. We sometimes place electrodes on the brain (intracranial monitoring) and may perform imaging exams and neuropsychological testing to confirm your diagnosis.

Based on your test results, we provide you with a tailored treatment plan that may include the latest antiseizure medications, minimally invasive ablation procedures, surgery, and/or changes in your diet. You may also have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials, led by our physician scientists, of new treatments that are not yet available.

Based on your test results, we provide you with a tailored treatment plan that may include the latest antiseizure medications, minimally invasive ablation procedures, surgery, and/or changes in your diet. You may also have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials, led by our physician scientists, of new treatments that are not yet available.

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