Strong Epilepsy Center

URMC Neurology Clinical Services

We strive to improve a patient's life (including employment, driving and personal well-being) by identifying, in children and adults, their particular type of seizure, so we can develop an individualized medical and/or surgical treatment plan.

There are more than 30 different types of epilepsy and each has different treatment options. Correctly identifying the type of epilepsy is often complex and untangling its interwoven problems requires a team of experts. Each member of our faculty has extensive specialized training in epilepsy. They also have additional training in subspecialties, such as Neuroimaging, Sleep, Family Therapy, Clinical or Basic Research.

Multidisciplinary Team
Our team of Neurologists, Neuropsychologists, Neurophysiologists, Psychiatrists, Neurosurgeons, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, and Registered EEG Technologists meets at least three times each week to evaluate tests and develop treatment plans for our patients. Our psychosocial team is unique in the country.

Since our founding, we have evaluated over 4,000 patients and performed over 500 surgeries. We are the only Comprehensive Epilepsy Center approved by the New York State Department of Health outside of the metropolitan New York City area.

The Strong Epilepsy Center was founded in 1989 by two members of the Seizure Unit of Boston Children's Hospital. Part of the Harvard Medical School, the Seizure Unit was the first comprehensive epilepsy center in the United States. Dr. Erba was at the Seizure Unit for twenty-four years and Dr. Burchfiel was at the Seizure Unit for nineteen years.

Using specialized equipment, our specialists perform and interpret tests that classify the type of seizures an individual patient experiences. Treatment programs can then be tailored to that patient's particular needs.

Nationally Recognized
We were asked to participate in two national, multicenter research studies because of our high quality services. Periodically, we have external reviews of our program by other national experts to be sure our center retains its top quality service. We have consistently received high scores in these external reviews. The future for most patients with epilepsy is brighter than ever thanks to new techniques, new equipment, new drugs and improvements in other forms of treatment.

Paul's Story

Paul Herzog

A remarkable device helps to turn off Paul Herzog's epilepsy

Contact Us
To contact the Strong Epilepsy Center Clinical Office, please call 585-341-7500. You will need a referral from your physician and we must receive a copy of your medical records before an appointment can be arranged.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment or to speak with one of our neurologists, please call 585-275-1200. If you must cancel your appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance.

The Department of Neurology participates with Blue Choice, MVP Healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rochester health plans.

Co-payments are collected at time of service. We accept cash or check only for all applicable co-payments and personal balances due at the time of service.