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Department of Neurology

Epilepsy

Dr. Arthur C. Grant speaking at Grand Rounds

Dr. Arthur C. Grant speaking at Grand Rounds

The Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology encompasses the Epilepsy Center at University Hospital of Brooklyn, the clinical neurophysiology laboratories – electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), evoked potentials – and the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program. The Epilepsy Center includes adult and pediatric epilepsy clinics, an inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU), and clinical and basic research programs.

For additional information, visit the Epilepsy Center web site .


EPILEPSY CENTER

Clinical Services

The UHB Epilepsy Center provides expert patient care to patients with intractable or problematic epilepsy, with the goal of attaining control of seizures and optimal quality of life. Our full-time staff consists of adult and pediatric neurologists, nurse clinicians, social workers, and EEG technologists, all with special expertise in epilepsy. This multi-disciplinary approach has proved to be efficient and cost effective for patients with refractory epilepsy.

Our newly upgraded 6-bed inpatient monitoring unit is equipped with state-of-the-art digital video-EEG equipment. Long-term EEG monitoring can help to establish a definite diagnosis in patients with episodic symptoms of uncertain cause, diagnose and facilitate treatment of psychogenic seizures, quantitate seizure frequency, and localize epileptogenic brain regions to establish candidacy for epilepsy surgery. Both adults and children are admitted to the monitoring unit. In addition, portable video-EEG monitoring services are available for the critical care areas, in adults, children and neonates.


Services provided by the UHB Epilepsy Center include:

  • Evaluation and treatment of first seizure (deciding whether to start anticonvulsant treatment, ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests)
  • Evaluation and treatment of difficult-to-control epilepsy
  • New anticonvulsant medications
  • Investigational antiepileptic medications
  • Vagus nerve stimulator
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Evaluation for epilepsy surgery
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (continuous video-EEG monitoring)
  • Neuroimaging (brain MRI, CT, angiography)
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Clinical psychological services and counseling
  • Social work services
  • School services for children (evaluation and treatment of school and behavioral problems)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Counseling
  • Pre-pregnancy and pregnancy counseling
  • Patient and family support groups

As the only Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in Brooklyn and Queens, we are happy to provide sub-specialty consultation, or to follow patients long-term. Physicians who wish to follow their patients while admitted to University Hospital may apply for admitting privileges through the Department of Neurology

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REFER A PATIENT

Call the UHB Epilepsy Center at (718) 270-2959

UHB Epilepsy Center
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Ave., Box 1213
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Phone: (718) 270-2959
Fax:(718) 270-4711

EEG requests - Phone: (718) 270-2430, Fax: (718) 270-1946

All insurances, including Medicaid, are accepted.


EPILEPSY CENTER STAFF

EPILEPSY - Adult

  • Arthur C. Grant, MD, PhD
    Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
  • Ewa Koziorynska, MD
  • Katherine A. Mortati, MD
    Director, EEG Laboratory and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
  • Helen Valsamis, MD

EPILEPSY - Pediatric

  • Geetha Chari, MD
  • Tresa McSween, MD
  • Alexandra Reznikov, MD

NEUROSURGERY

  • Ethan A. Benardete, MD, PhD
  • Nicholas Post, MD

NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

  • Jonathan Slyker, PhD
  • Luba Nakhutina, PhD

NEURODIAGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGISTS

  • Marie Choute
  • Mora Weekes
  • Deborah Wood, R EEG T

STAFF

  • Mary Noto - Administrator
  • Marla Reid, NP, MSN - Nurse Practitioner