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About Us

Epilepsy team

URMC’s pediatric epilepsy program at Golisano Children's Hospital offers a comprehensive epilepsy evaluation and a wide range of treatment options including medications, dietary and surgical therapies. Our goal is to maximize your child’s quality of life and minimize the impact of seizures on your child’s and family’s lives. Having a wide range of treatment options for epilepsy is important, because 30 to 40 percent of children with epilepsy do not respond well to medications alone.

Reputation for Excellence

We are a Level 4 Center of Excellence - the highest level of accreditation by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).

Team Approach

Our experienced epilepsy specialists include neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, APPs, nurses, dietitians and patient coordinators, specializing in caring for and treating children with epilepsy. Our specialists meet weekly to discuss our complex patients to maintain a team approach to improving our patient’s epilepsy and reaching their goals.

Cutting-edge Technology

Our epilepsy program offers unique, cutting-edge technologies, including:

  • NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Care: Our epilepsy Phase 1 evaluations include high education MRI, PET, SPECT, long term EEG monitoring, and video EEG.
  • We offer diagnostic epilepsy surgery with Phase 2 monitoring with may include minimally invasive robotic assisted intracranial electrical monitoring, in addition to conventional monitoring.
  • Our state of the art therapeutic epilepsy surgery is tailored to the patient, this may include neurostimulation (VNS, RNS, DBS), laser ablation surgery, and minimally invasive endoscope-assisted epilepsy surgery, in addition to conventional epilepsy surgery.

Technology Designed for Safety

Our epilepsy and neuro-intensive care units have an electroencephalogram (EEG) machine and video recording capabilities in every room. This allows for monitoring of the electrical activity in the brain. Having this equipment accessible ensures your child receives the safest care possible.

Groundbreaking Research & Clinical Trials

Your child may be eligible to participate in ongoing clinical trials for anti-epileptic drugs and medical devices, and dietary therapy. By participating in clinical trials, your child may have access to experimental therapies before they are available elsewhere.