Comprehensive Epilepsy Clinic
The Comprehensive Epilepsy Clinic sees more than 3,500 outpatient visits annually and faculty perform more than 4,500 neurophysiological studies each year.
The Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology Division is responsible both for overseeing and staffing the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratories (EEG and Evoked Potentials) and for the care of patients with epilepsy.
Members of the Division also do advanced research on localizing the sources of seizure activity and treatment of seizures by new medications and surgery.
BIDMC's Epilepsy Clinic is designated as a Level-4 center, the highest level attainable, by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). A Level-4 center provides advanced medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial services to treat patients, and more complex forms of neurodiagnostics. Level-4 centers also offer complete evaluation for epilepsy and provide a broad range of surgical procedures.
In keeping with the NAEC standards, BIDMC's Epilepsy Clinic staff includes board-certified epileptologists, neurosurgical specialists in epilepsy-related surgical procedures, clinical neuropsychologists, neuropsychiatrists, social workers, and clinical epilepsy nurses. Staff collaborates with BIDMC's Cognitive Neurology Division, Neuroendocrinology and Neuroradiology.
The NAEC developed levels of epilepsy certification to provide a useful tool for evaluating specialized epilepsy care.