SUNY Downstate Receives Level 3 Epilepsy Center Accreditation from National Association of Epilepsy Centers

By Department of Communications & Marketing | Apr 11, 2022

Level 3 Epilepsy Centers Provide The Highest-Level Medical Evaluation And Treatment For Patients With Complex Epilepsy


Brooklyn, NY — SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University today announced that University Hospital at Downstate received a level 3 epilepsy center accreditation by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) for 2022 and 2023, recognizing the institution for maintaining the highest standards of quality care for patients with epilepsy during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Level 3 epilepsy centers are recognized for having the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical evaluation and treatment available for patients with complex epilepsy. A level 3 center provides the wide range of medical, neuropsychological, and psychological services needed to treat patients with refractory epilepsy, including basic neurodiagnostic evaluations, as well as basic medical, neuropsychological, and psychological services.

“It is a delight and an honor to receive this designation from the NAEC for our work to provide the most comprehensive treatment for patients with epilepsy,” said Daniel M. Rosenbaum, MD, Chair of the Department of Neurology. “I am grateful for Drs. Arthur Grant (Division Chief), Susanna O’Kula, and Katherine Mortati for the hard work they put in to ensuring high standards and quality care for every one our patients. This distinguished honor is a testament to the hard work of each and every individual within our department, who collectively work every day to further our goal of helping patients to lead healthy, independent lives.”

The SUNY Downstate Comprehensive Epilepsy Center provides a multi-disciplinary approach to the complex needs of adults and children with epilepsy and seizures. As the only NAEC Level 3 Epilepsy Center in Brooklyn and Queens, SUNY Downstate boasts fellowship-trained and board-certified specialists in adult and pediatric epilepsy, and neuropsychology, as well as other dedicated healthcare professionals. 

NAEC is a non-profit association with a membership of more than 260 specialized epilepsy centers in the United States. NAEC published its first iteration of its Guidelines for Essential Services, Personnel, and Facilities in Specialized Epilepsy Centers in 1990 and works to develop standards of care through its accreditation program.

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is internationally known for its neuroscience and epilepsy research. For more information on SUNY Downstate’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, visit:


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About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough's only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care. It is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City and Brooklyn's 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate's teaching hospital, backed by an outstanding medical school's expertise and world-class academic center research facilities. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

In addition to high-risk neonatal and infant services, pediatric nephrology, and dialysis (kidney diseases)—and offering the only kidney transplantation program in Brooklyn, among many other distinctive programs—Downstate also sponsors a major learning center for young children with developmental disorders and disabilities. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.