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Epilepsy – a neurological condition involving the brain that makes people more susceptible to having seizures – is one of the most common disorders of the nervous system and affects people of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds. More than 2.7 million Americans live with epilepsy, which can affect not only their health, but their self-esteem, sexuality, cognitive function, ability to work or raise a family, and overall quality of life. Patients with epilepsy benefit most from a center that not only offers the latest diagnostic techniques and treatments, but is staffed by specialists who are making new advances themselves and teaching the leaders of the future.


Maddison Wells talks about her experience of undergoing surgery to treat her epilepsy at NewYork-Presbyterian.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital is a leader in the field of epilepsy research, education, and treatment, particularly the management of patients with difficult-to-control (intractable) seizures. We have two Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers, as designated by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers and the highest rank attainable: one at Columbia University Medical Center and the other at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Patients treated at Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers receive the best care available from a multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to epilepsy management. Recognizing the daily and lifelong struggles that people with epilepsy face, we use innovative therapies to help them gain control of their seizures and experience a better quality of life.

NewYork-Presbyterian's Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers offer the latest surgical approaches, devices, education, support, and clinical trial opportunities to patients and their families. Our epileptologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurophysiologists, and neuroradiologists collaborate to assess, evaluate, and customize treatment for every patient with epilepsy, working with a team of nurses, social workers, neuropsychologists, language therapists, and occupational and physical therapists to provide the best care possible. We treat all types of epilepsy. Many of our experts are further specialized in the treatment of women and older patients, as well as patients with HIV and patients with psychiatric disorders who experience seizures. We also have special expertise in the effects of epilepsy on sleep, bone health, and reproductive health.

NewYork-Presbyterian offers exceptional care for children and adolescents with epilepsy and has experts who specialize in the treatment of young patients. Our comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Centers at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health are among the most active programs on the East Coast and are major referral centers for the treatment of intractable seizures. Pediatric epilepsy specialists assess the biological basis of each child's disease and provide continuity of care throughout each child's life, particularly during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Our specialists teach young patients with epilepsy how to advocate for their own healthcare needs as they move into their adult years.

NewYork-Presbyterian's Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers are committed to educating and supporting not only patients, but also their loved ones about life with epilepsy. Our team offers regular educational seminars, facilitates access to community resources, and provides psychosocial support to help people with epilepsy live the best lives they can live.

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