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Epilepsy Program

NYU Winthrop Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Proud to be one of the largest, most specialized epilepsy treatment programs
on Long Island

At NYU Winthrop Hospital, our Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is one of the largest such programs on Long Island. A clinical arm of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, our center is staffed by a team of highly-trained specialists — including epileptologists, epilepsy surgeons, and neuropsychologists — who collaborate to provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and epilepsy treatment. We specialize in the treatment and management of patients with forms of epilepsy that are difficult to control.

Level-4 Epilepsy Treatment Center
Representing the highest certification in accordance with the National Association of Epilepsy Centers’ guidelines for patient care.

The Mission of our Epilepsy Treatment Program

Our mission at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is to administer personalized, world-class care for people with epilepsy through comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, advanced treatment options, and active participation in medical education and cutting edge research.

An important goal of our center includes seizure reduction, and possible seizure elimination with medical and surgical therapies. The center employs the leading-edge diagnostic evaluation with imaging, neurophysiologic monitoring, and neuropsychological evaluation to provide safe and effective surgical options for patients with medication-resistant epilepsy. If one of our patients is considered a candidate for surgery, decision- making occurs through an integrated alliance with the epilepsy treatment team, primary care physician, and patient.

Our team of epileptologists, surgeons, and neuropsychologists discuss individualized plans for each patient at weekly multidisciplinary surgical meetings where we explore all of the potential strategies , should a neurosurgical approach be chosen.

We strive to provide comprehensive services to support and educate those with epilepsy, their families, and the community. Epilepsy, like other chronic conditions, impacts quality of life and everyday living. We fully understand the significant challenges people with epilepsy face every day and consider addressing these issues is tantamount in providing optimal care. The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center offers access to community resources, health information provided by epilepsy health professionals, and psycho-social support.

Our Epilepsy Treatment Team

Our team includes a staff of neurologists with specialty training in epilepsy, electroencephalography (EEG), and clinical neurophysiology.

David E. Friedman, MD
Director, NYU Winthrop Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Shicong Ye, MD
Director, Adult EEG Lab

Ajay Misra, MD, PHD
Chairman, Department of Neurosciences

Vijaya Atluru, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurology

Gabrielle Chassagne, MD
Director of Pediatric Epilepsy

Lucia Jamaluddin, LMSW
Neuroscience Social Worker

Our Epilepsy Treatment Services and Technology

  • Our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit provides continuous video-EEG monitoring, and features a fully computerized digital recording system and 24-hour supervision by highly experienced nurses and staff, where we offer both phase 1 and phase 2 monitoring.
    • Phase 1 monitoring involves inpatient monitoring with video-EEG. A standard EEG is applied and patients may be monitored for several days. Patients are continuously monitored and weaned off their medications in a safe setting. We record brain activity during seizures and between seizures. This information is often highly valuable for diagnosis of seizures, classification of seizures leading to optimal care, and localization for potential epilepsy surgery.
    • The NYU Winthrop Comprehensive Epilepsy Center team discusses every patient considered for phase 2 monitoring, and careful planning is made by the team. For phase 2 monitoring, electrodes are placed on the surface of the brain in the operating room, allowing for more detailed analysis of brain activity. The data obtained from this monitoring often provides valuable information for surgical planning. In addition, functional cortical mapping may be performed by stimulating the electrodes at the bedside.
  • State-of-the-art neuroimaging facilities with 3 Tesla MRI, PET, and SPECT scanning.
  • Epilepsy surgery — a surgical procedure that removes the specific area of the brain that is generating the seizures.
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) — a surgical procedure where neurosurgeons place a small pacemaker under the skin in the left side of the chest to stimulate the vagus nerve. This device regulates electrical activity in the brain and can reduce the frequency and severity of seizures. The implantation is a one to two hour outpatient procedure and the device is programmed by your epileptologist.