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Epilepsy Monitoring Center Recognized for Providing Highest Level of Care

Updated: 5/2/2013

The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) recognized the Epilepsy Monitoring Center at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center for the fourth year in a row. 

According to the NAEC, fourth level epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy. The designation of Level 4 specialized epilepsy centers must reflect comprehensive and multi-disciplinary services described in the NAEC guidelines. The NAEC submits Level 4 centers to US News & World Report for use in its “Best Hospitals” analysis. 

Founded by physician leaders committed to setting a national agenda for quality epilepsy care, the NAEC is a non-profit association with a membership of more than 100 specialized epilepsy centers in the United States.

The epilepsy monitoring unit at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is an example of the close partnership between Kaleida Health and UBMD Neurology. UBMD Neurology is pleased to announce the recruitment of two exceptional faculty to this program: Osman Farooq, MD, a pediatric epileptologist, and Ping Li, MD, an adult epileptologist.

The long-term video-EEG monitoring facility specializes in comprehensive, individualized treatment plans for epilepsy patients. Patients are recorded on video while EEG activity is monitored 24 hours a day. 

The eight-bed unit serves both adult and pediatric patients and will now be staffed by five epileptologists, EEG technicians, nurses and a nurse practitioner with expertise in epilepsy.

In the unit, anti-epileptic drugs are typically discontinued to allow accurate mapping of seizure foci through continuous monitoring. After this comprehensive evaluation, treatment plans are suggested, including options for anti-epileptic drugs, ketogenic diet, vagal nerve stimulation and epilepsy surgery.

Additional testing is often needed prior to epilepsy surgery, such as high resolution MRI, neuropsychological testing, PET scan, ictal SPECT and referral for MEG (magnetoencephalography). The close collaboration between the epileptologists and neurosurgeon allows for the option of epilepsy surgery for refractory epilepsy.