• About Us

    The UMMC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is dedicated to the care of people with epilepsy. The Center offers state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment of seizures/ epilepsy in adults and children. The center's goal is to help patients gain control of seizures and optimize their quality of life.

    A full complement of advanced diagnostic tests is available for seizures diagnosis, classification, and evaluation for surgical treatment of epilepsy. The center's inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit combines video and EEG monitoring of patients to determine epilepsy type, number and location of seizures. Results of the monitoring tests are supplemented by other diagnostic procedures, including MRI, SPECT, neuropsychological tests, Wada test and PET scanning.

    Surgical treatments include temporal lobe resection, extratemporal cortical resection, hemispherictomies, corpus callosal resection and deep brain stimulation as well as VNS.

    Patients benefit from the intervention of an experienced multidisciplinary team that includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurophysiologist, neuroradiologists, EEG technologists, clinical nurse specialists, neuropsychologists and psychiatrists. Any patient who is not responding to medical therapy is appropriate for referral to the UMMC epilepsy center. Patients may be referred by a physician or self-referred.

    Staffing

    The professional staff of the UMMC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center includes neurologists, pediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons, pediatric neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, social workers and EEG technologists - all of whom have special expertise in epilepsy. The staff work with community physicians, other hospitals and community agencies (Epilepsy Foundation in Jackson) to optimize treatment and provide appropriate services for patients with uncontrolled seizures or special problems related to epilepsy.

    The facilities at the center and expertise of the staff allow the staff to:

    • Establish a definitive diagnosis in patients with paroxysmal symptoms of uncertain cause
    • Establish optimal medication regimens to maximize seizure control and minimize side-effects
    • Identify patients with medication-resistant seizures for surgical treatment alternatives
    • Localize epileptic brain regions for resective surgery, map vital or eloquent brain areas in relation to the epileptogenic area
    • Perform epilepsy surgery
    • VNS for non-resective surgery
    • Conduct detailed neuropsychological evaluations
    • Monitor antiepileptic drugs and their metabolites in relation to seizures, cognitive function, other drugs, and environmental or physiological factors that affect antiepileptic drug disposition
    • Conduct clinical trials of investigational new drugs
    • Diagnose and treat psychogenic seizures
    • Offer a range of rehabilitation and psychosocial services and referrals

    In addition, the center conducts ongoing clinical research programs in epilepsy as well as new diagnostic methods and treatments