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Alabama Epilepsy Centers

What is an Epilepsy Center?

Epilepsy centers provide a comprehensive team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. A patient-oriented team will typically include epileptologists (neurologists with expertise in treating seizures), neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurse specialists, EEG technologists, social workers, and others with training and experience in epilepsy care. Specialized epilepsy centers provide routine care to individuals with seizures or epilepsy and specialize in providing comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to individuals with uncontrolled seizures (i.e., intractable or refractory epilepsy).

 

Levels of Epilepsy Care

Alabama is fortunate to have several outstanding epilepsy centers. The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) recognizes four levels of epilepsy care. The levels of epilepsy care are a useful tool for both patients and healthcare providers to evaluate the appropriateness and quality of specialized epilepsy care.

NAEC defines four levels of epilepsy care and accredits epilepsy centers that provide level 3 and 4 care:

  • Level 1 epilepsy care typically occurs at an emergency room or a primary care physician’s office with an epilepsy evaluation.
  • Level 2 epilepsy care involves a consultation with a general neurologist. This consultation may occur at a specialized epilepsy center.
  • Levels 3 and 4 care takes place at specialized epilepsy centers.

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Adult Epilepsy Centers

University of Alabama at Birmingham Epilepsy Center
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital
Level 4 Adult Epilepsy Center

1719 6th Avenue South, CIRC 312
Birmingham, Alabama 35294
(205) 934-3866  |  https://www.uab.edu/medicine/neurology/patient-care/clinical-programs

Medical Director: Jerzy P. Szaflarski, MD, PhD

 

Pediatric Epilepsy Centers

Pediatric Epilepsy Program At Children’s of Alabama UAB Dept of Pediatrics
Level 4 Pediatric Epilepsy Center

1600 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
(205) 638-6655  |  https://www.uab.edu/medicine/peds/divisions/neurology

Medical Director: Pongkiat Kankirawatana, MD
Co-Medical Director: Monisha Goyal, MD